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Published on November 20, 2018

Cone Health Alight Foundation Founder And Her Late Mother Honored as Outstanding Philanthropists


Skip Hislop, Mary Gorrell Jones, Jennifer Shoffner

Hislop, Gorrell Jones and Jennifer Shoffner

Mary Gorrell Jones, founder of the Alight Foundation, and her mother, the late Sarah Swain Gorrell, received the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Triad Chapter 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist Award. The Alight Foundation, formed as an independent organization in 2005 to support breast cancer patients, is now part of the Cone Health Cancer Center. 

Both breast cancer survivors, Jones and Gorrell worked to develop a program that would become a vital resource to those with breast cancer. The Alight Program offers financial, educational and emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families in the Greensboro area. A permanent endowment has been established by the family to provide program support along with annual gifts received from the community.  

According to AFP, the award honors an individual or family for “exceptional generosity and civic responsibility by demonstrating significant philanthropic contributions.” Jones and Gorrell were nominated by Cone Health team members who have seen firsthand the impact that the Alight Program has on breast cancer patients and their families. 

“Mary and Sarah have influenced so many lives thanks to their work to establish the Alight Foundation, and encouragement for others to give. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership and their commitment to breast cancer patients in the Triad,” said Vice President of Oncology Services at Cone Health Cancer Center Skip Hislop. “We are delighted that they have been recognized for their inspiring work.”

Learn more about the Association of Fundraising Professionals at their website, Learn more about Alight at

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