Abe Elmore ('55) to Receive Gene Hooks Achievement Award
Abe Elmore ('55)
Oct. 14, 2014 By Katharine Williams, Wake Forest External Communications (@DemonDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Abe Elmore ('55), a former student manager for several athletic teams, will be honored over Varsity Club Weekend, October 17-18, with the Gene Hooks Achievement Award.

The award recognizes a former Wake Forest coach, staff member, student-athlete, trainer or manager who has exhibited traits of integrity, charity, leadership and embodies the Pro Humanitate spirit that Dr. Gene Hooks, former Director of Athletics, exhibited over his 45 years associated with Wake Forest University. The award is on permanent display within the Wake Forest University Athletics Department.

Elmore attended Wake Forest College on the Old Campus. Since his graduation in 1955, he has continued to be an avid fan and generous supporter of both Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Athletics. He is the driving force behind self-described "has-beens," a group of former student-athletes and fraternity brothers that has been reuniting at Wake Forest football games for more than 47 years.

In addition to being a passionate fan, Abe has also demonstrated a commitment to supporting Wake Forest Athletics as a Gold Club level member. Elmore has been giving to the Deacon Club for more than 35 years and has provided support through the Football Seat Rights program as well as multiple capital projects over the years. The Football Equipment Room Given By Abe Elmore, located in the Pruitt Football wing of the Manchester Athletic Center, is a testament to his generosity. Elmore also served as a valued member of the Deacon Club Board of Directors.

Outside of athletics, Elmore has served as an Alumni Club president, reunion committee member, member of the Poteat Scholar Committee, and is a member of the Legacy Society. He has also been a staunch supporter of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society whose mission it is to preserve and share the history of Wake Forest College and the town of Wake Forest.

Elmore, along with the support of several other members of the "has-beens," assisted in the preservation of the Calvin Jones House and co-chaired a capital campaign that successfully raised funds to construct a 7,000 square foot addition to the facility. In 2012, the "has-beens" received the Birthplace Society's Distinguished Service Award.

Beyond his involvement with Wake Forest, Elmore has had a significant impact on his local community. He has been in the furniture business since graduating in 1955. In 1966, he founded Elmore Furniture in Dunn, N.C., with a mission of being "hometown people serving hometown folks," and the company is still in his family today.

As a businessman, Elmore also believed in the importance of civic involvement. In 1971 he was elected mayor of Dunn, a position he held for 12 years. In 1995, he was re-elected for four more years to the post. He has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce for all of his 50+ years in business, calling the organization the "combined business center of the community."

In 1985, Abe led the formation of DOORS, the Downtown Organization Of Revitalization, in Dunn. During that time, while serving on the state board of economic development under then-Governor Jim Martin, Elmore was also instrumental in the formation of Dunn's business incubator, Triangle South Enterprise Center.

Abe and his wife, Jackie, reside in Dunn, NC. They are the proud parents of four children, grandparents of ten and have 13 great-grandchildren. The Elmores can usually be found gathered around Abe's "Deac Mobile" while tailgating at BB&T Field prior to home football games.

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