Event Emcees & Auctioneers

Morgan Fogarty

EVENT EMCEES

Morgan Fogarty anchors the Emmy-award winning WCCB News @ Ten with Will Kennedy.  Unlike most TV news anchors, she and Will contribute daily reports to the newscast, ranging from hard news pieces to human interest stories.

Morgan joined the WCCB Charlotte team in February 2005 as the News Anchor for WCCB News Rising. After a year of waking up way too early, she was named weekend co-anchor and weekday reporter for WCCB News @ Ten.  Then, she co-hosted WCCB News Edge with radio personality Brotha’ Fred for 4 years, the market’s premiere info-tainment TV broadcast.

Before moving to Charlotte, Morgan was a “one man band” reporter at WHAG in Hagerstown, Maryland. That means she shot, wrote and edited her own reports.  She was then promoted to anchor and producer of the noon and 5 PM newscasts. She graduated from Penn State (University Park) with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

Morgan has won numerous awards throughout her career including several from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. In 2010, she earned 1st Place for her series called “Pit Bull Problems.”  The same year, she earned 2nd place in the North Carolina TV Reporter of the Year division. In 2009, Morgan won 1st place in the health/medicine division for a story about so-called “Chicken Pox Parties.” Charlotte area viewers also regularly vote her “favorite anchor,” “best TV anchor” and more in local publications. In 2012, she was named one of Charlotte’s “Top 30 Under 30 Future Leaders.”

Even though she was born a Yankee, Morgan considers Charlotte home and can’t imagine leaving (she tried once in 2013, went to New York City, and quickly returned!). During football season, Morgan spends many Sundays at Bank of America Stadium, cheering on the Carolina Panthers either from the stands or from a live broadcast location.

When Morgan isn’t spending quality time with her husband, son and daughter, she is dedicated to animal welfare issues and gives her time to various rescue groups in the Charlotte area. She shares her home with Winston and Etta (French bulldogs) and Maddox (a Doberman Pinscher).

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Will Kennedy joined the WCCB news team in 2014 to anchor and report for WCCB News @ Ten.  Before moving to Charlotte, Will anchored the weekend news, the weekday morning show, weekday evening news and even the sports (sometimes all in the same day!) for the ABC affiliate in Pensacola, Florida.  He also filed reports on government accountability with the station’s “Waste Watch” report.

Will spent eight years at WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. It was there that he made the move from sports to news, serving as the sports director before getting up way too early to co-anchor the station’s morning news.  Before that, Will was the sports director at KTEN in Texas, working along side WCCB’s Ashley Anderson in the wild west.

Will studied at the University of Texas in Austin and the University of West Florida. He took a break from television to teach social studies to special needs students for three years at a Florida middle school. That experience left him with a new understanding and appreciation for our educators, and a soft spot for stories that impact our children.

Will is a native Texan, and loves living in the South. He’s an avid sports fan looking forward to taking advantage of all the great events Charlotte has to offer.  When not spending time with wife Lisa, and children Liam and Anna, he enjoys playing golf and basketball.

Will also spends countless hours volunteering with youth sports organizations, and working with local charities.

 

EVENT AUCTIONEERS

Impact Auctions, Ron & Debbie Hitzel ron-debbie-hitzel

Debbie and Ron Hitzel, auctioneer team for Impact Auctions, have been in the fundraising business for over a decade raising money for charity causes close to their hearts. When Ron’s nephew was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003, Ron joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team-in-Training to help raise money for blood cancer research where he quickly assumed the role of fundraising coordinator for his team because of his passion. Through trial and error he found silent auctions to be an effective way to raise “just enough” money.  Over time, he realized that securing silent auction items was a tedious task that demanded much energy and time that exhausted his volunteers as well as himself. Meanwhile, Debbie had begun working for a fundraising company and quickly saw the benefits of raising MORE with live auctions at charity events. With her event planning guidance, Ron tried his skills as an auctioneer at their next charity fundraiser. The outcome spoke for itself as the net-profit was doubled in thirty minutes. Debbie and Ron’s new passion for helping fundraisers with live auctions had begun.

Ron soon became an apprentice and then licensed auctioneer performing events for a reputable fundraising company in Florida where the couple traveled all over the United States helping raise millions of dollars for charities. Today, Debbie and Ron are pleased to continue helping thousands of organizations raise money to support special causes all over America with live auctions and have helped many in the Charlotte area.