The Elizabeth Dalton Averett Foundation

The Elizabeth Dalton Averett Foundation was started in 1995, shortly after Jay Dalton’s sister, Elizabeth “Libby,” passed away suddenly at the age of 37 from a heart condition.

L-R: Vernon Averett and Jay Dalton

Jay Dalton explains, “I started the foundation because I wanted something positive to come from losing my sister at such a young age. It was a great way to do something good for others while keeping her memory alive.”

Libby Dalton Averett had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35, but needed no chemotherapy or radiation and was cancer free for the last two years of her life.

Libby’s husband, Vernon, serves on the Foundation’s Board and on the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Board of Visitors.

Vernon says, “Even though our time together was way too short, I was incredibly lucky to have had the time I did with Libby.  She was a wonderful wife and mom and always in a great and positive frame of mind, thus the theme for the Foundation:  ‘Live Like Libby.’  Serving on the Lineberger Board and raising funds for Lineberger research is a wonderful tribute to her memory.”

Jay Dalton recalls, “We held our first golf tournament in 1996 with 40 players. In 2011, we held our 16th tournament at the Croasdaile Country Club with nearly 100 players.”

The Foundation began contributing to UNC Lineberger’s Breast Center 10 years ago, and has raised close to $50,000. Jay says, “Our first few donations to UNC Lineberger were for breast cancer research, but we later decided to let the cancer center determine which programs most needed the money. We have no administrative costs and we donate every penny we raise in Libby’s name to UNC Lineberger."

“I’m incredibly thankful that after 17 years, the foundation is bigger than ever, with greater support than ever. I never dreamed it would last this long. Many of Libby’s old friends still participate and many new friends now offer their support.  I know my sister would be amazed and quite proud that we’re doing this in her name.”

Jay lives in Cary with his wife, Carol, and their daughters, Claire and Chloe.

Vernon lives in Durham. His daughter, Jansen, now an attorney in Atlanta, served as a communications intern at UNC Lineberger as a UNC undergraduate. His daughter, Lindsay, is a math teacher at Page High School in Greensboro.