What it Means to Love and Serve Clients, Associates & Community

Each year, the Live Love Serve Foundation and CBI Workplace Solutions recognize several special individuals who go above and beyond to love, serve and inspire their local communities. These individuals embody our mission of living a God centered life focused on love, while serving through support of religious, educational and other charitable organizations that positively impact people in their communities. 

To qualify for this award, the individual must be a CBI Associate who has been loving and serving their community for at least a year. Award recipients are nominated by their peers, selected by a committee and recognized at the end of the year at CBI’s annual holiday event. 

The Live Love Serve Foundation Award is very special to us and we look forward to honoring our Associates who go above and beyond for others on a regular basis. As we head into the second half of 2020, we wanted to highlight our award recipients from last year. These four are extremely deserving individuals who have a long-history of community support and engagement. Learn more about them below and check back in a few months for 2020’s award winners. 

David Dooley

Affliated Organizations: Police Foundation – HopeWay – Charlotte Center City Partners – YMCA of Greater Charlotte – We Will – UNC Chapel Hill – The Shuford Program 

David has a deep love for Charlotte and North Carolina and embraces the qualities of Live, Love and Serve. His life focus is to make a difference in the lives of people and help them achieve their full potential. David is a force of good in many ways as he generously supports his community endeavors by giving his time, talent and personal treasures to others. 

Connie Engelbrecht

Affliated Organizations: Literacy – Charlotte Concerts – YMCA Community Prayer Breakfast – Blue Angels Foundation – Veterans Initiative – Boy Scouts of America Annual Fundraising Dinner – The Charlotte Tool Bank – Classroom Central – American Heart Association – American Red Cross

Connie is described as a passionate, servant leader whose service to the community reflects her deep desire to help those in need achieve a better life. Connie devotes her time to organizations that fill gaps in our society and promote opportunities for community growth and economic strength. Connie is a true leader who uses her talents to positively impact her community every day. 

Susan Russell

Affliated Organizations: Second Harvest Food Bank – Women’s Build for Habitat

Susan is always looking for ways to help support local community service efforts. She is a regular volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, and has also been known to switch gears from business woman to carpenter when participating in a Habitat Build. Susan makes it a personal policy to love and serve all those around her. 

Madelen Slater

Affliated Organizations: Bring Your Brokenness – Dreams Come True – Board of American Red Cross – American Heart Association – IIDA VP of Professional Development – Designs Connect Community Service – Rethreaded – Hugs Across the Country – Giving Thanksgiving Back – CARE School Supplies Drive – The Girls Group of Twenty Mile – Chamber of Commerce

Madelen is viewed by her community and those that know her as a true servant leader. Her love and passion to serve others radiates from her presence each day. In addition to the numerous charitable organizations Madelen is involved in, she also devotes much of her time to the IIDA mentoring students, professionals and clients in the commercial interior design industry. 

Partnership Spotlight: Cookies for Kids Cancer

The Live Love Serve Foundation is a proud partner of the non-profit organization Cookies for Kids Cancer. Cookies for Kids Cancer is a national organization committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. 

Larry and Gretchen Witt founded the organization after their 2-year old son Liam was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2007. As parents of a sick child, they were shocked at how few treatments there were for pediatric cancers due to a lack of funding. As they struggled through their own childhood cancer experience, Larry and Gretchen pledged to support the funding and research for safer and more effective treatments for other children in need. Gretchen mobilized a team of volunteers to bake and sell 96,000 cookies to the community raising more than $400,000 for research in the first go around. This is how Cookies for Kids Cancer was born. 

How the Live Love Serve Foundation Partners with Cookies for Kids Cancer 
CBI Workplace Solutions and the Live Love Serve Foundation participated in a fundraising event in which Charlotte businesses raised money to support Cookies for Kids Cancer. Not only did many CBI associates attend the event, but CBI and the Live Love Serve Foundation donated a total of $50,000 to the organization. This money will fund research that will benefit more than 40,000 children battling pediatric cancers around the U.S. 
We are proud to support this organization, and we encourage you to learn more about them and find out ways you can help. Visit www.cookiesforkidscancer.org to learn more.   

Partnership Spotlight: Promising Pages


Promising Pages is a non-profit organization that collects donated books and distributes them to children with few, if any, books at home. Their mission is to provide ownership of books to underserved children and cultivate a lifelong love of reading through innovative literacy programs and partnerships.

The partnership between CBI, the Live Love Serve Foundation and Promising Pages is a special one. Promising Pages is one of the first organizations that the Live Love Serve Foundation supported after its inception. David Longo met Kristina Cruise, former founder of Promising Pages, in 2011 at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was presenting to a group of Chamber members about her idea to bring books into the homes of families in our community who do not have extra income to provide them for their children. She spoke with passion about the impact reading books can have on a child, and her energy and vision for the organization was inspiring. 

As the Founder and CEO of CBI Workplace Solutions, David wanted to lend a hand however he could to help Promising Pages accomplish its mission in Charlotte. In speaking with Cruise, he realized that the thing the organization needed most was a space where they could store and sort the books they collected and prepare them for distribution to members of our community. This led to the donation of warehouse space where Promising Pages quickly took up residence and grew their organization.

Nine years later, Promising Pages has distributed almost 700,000 donated books to tens of thousands of children in the Charlotte area. Additionally, Promising Pages partners with 100+ business and organizations to bring direct classroom programming and more than 150,000 free books to Charlotte schools annually.

Eric Law, Executive Director of Promising Pages says, “All of us at Promising Pages are deeply grateful for the ongoing generosity of CBI and the Live Love Serve Foundation. David Longo’s initial gift of warehouse space in 2011 enabled our Founder Kristina Cruise to get this fledgling organization up and running (and out of her garage)! More recently, the 2018 tripling of our warehouse space and renovation of adjacent office spaces for our staff is helping us take our operation to the next level. We have continued to increase our supply chain efficiency and effectiveness in this expanded space enhancing our ability to provide book ownership, promote daily reading for pleasure and eradicate the Charlotte area book desert.”


In addition to the warehouse space, CBI and the Live Love Serve Foundation have donated more than $68,000 to Promising Pages over the years, and we look forward to continue supporting them however we can in the future. Learn more about Promising Pages and their mission by visiting https://promising-pages.org/.