Meet Kelly Turner Cole, Qcity Newcomer

After retiring from the New Haven Police Department in 2014, Kelly Turner Cole began traveling to Charlotte to host a fundraising event. The more the saw of the city, the more she loved.

After retiring from the New Haven Police Department in 2014, Kelly Turner Cole began traveling to Charlotte to host a fundraising event. The more the saw of the city, the more she loved. (Photo: Kelly Turner Cole)

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a series spotlighting people who’ve lived in Charlotte for less than a year. If that sounds like you (or someone you know) we’d like to share your story. Here’s a link to our Newcomers Submission Form.


Name: Kelly Turner Cole

Moved From: Connecticut

How long in Charlotte: 12 months

Occupation: Retired/CEO, The CHAIN Fund Inc.

Hobbies: traveling, movies, reading, jazz and theatre

What brought you here? After retiring from the New Haven Police Department in 2014, I began to travel down to the Queen City each month to mount a flagship fundraiser that had become popular in Connecticut called Breakfast and a Movie. I was doing it in five states and seven locations simultaneously. A friend of mine who recently moved here wanted Charlotte to be included in that with the movie “Sparkle.” It was a great success here, and the attendees wanted more. I continued meeting more people and establishing great relationships. The more I saw, the more I loved. My husband and I made the decision to come early last year, and it has been the greatest move.

What do you like best about Charlotte? The weather. It gets cold and it may snow, but it doesn’t stay long.

What do you like least about Charlotte? Traffic

How do you hope to get involved in the community? Volunteering with A Child’s Place. I also hope to do more with community organizations and agencies focused on community development and/or entrepreneurship.

What has been your most memorable moment in Charlotte? Taking in a summer jazz event

Connect with Kelly: Twitter | FacebookLinkedIn | Website

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