January 27, 2015

03.13.13.: NC News Bits


News about grants, gifts

Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded 87 grants totaling $33,838,024 in 2012. Grants were awarded to support a diverse set of projects in programmatic areas including agriculture, workforce training, job creation and retention, rural healthcare, scholarships, and educational initiatives. Go online to view Golden LEAF grant awards.

The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation has received a $10,164 capacity building grant from the John Rex Endowment to undertake a comprehensive organizational assessment and set organizational priorities in the next six months.

Crisis Assistance Ministry, Mecklenburg County's homeless prevention agency providing basic needs to impoverished families, announced a donor challenge of $250,000 from a group of five community leaders committed to leading families out of crisis.  Margaret and Randy Bigger, Paul Franz, Carol and Joe Gigler, Laura and Mike Grace, and Dick and Connie Keffer came together to match dollar-for-dollar all gifts received through April 11.

Randy Romeo, board chair of the Community Foundation of Henderson County, presented a check to the mayor and city council members for the City of Hendersonville to support Main Street enhancements. The foundation's general community fund, matched with an award by the Perry N Rudnick Endowment, have each contributed $10,000 toward this effort. The fund will remain open through the end of June for any additional contributions.

News about people, groups

The StepUp Ministry board of directors has hired Richard Hurley as its new executive director. Hurley will replace Sheron K. Sumner, who led the initiative to bring the StepUp Ministry's best practice model to Greensboro and grow its programs. Sumner has served as the volunteer executive director since the program's inception in the summer of 2011. 

The Raleigh Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) office has appointed Cathy Sanita as executive director. Sanita's operations and leadership experience along with her involvement with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women program will bring new energy that will enhance MDA's mission in the Raleigh district.

Alanna Linden , president of the Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation, has been named an E.A. Morris Fellow. The program accepts only 15 fellows each year across North Carolina. It encourages committed, diverse, and principled North Carolinians to pursue greater leadership roles within their professions and communities.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) recently hosted its 10th anniversary celebration and awards banquet, where it honored its top blood drive donors and sponsors from 2012. More than 35 organizations and individual donors were recognized for collecting blood and platelet donations and supporting CBCC.

The Raleigh chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) earned a spot in the President's Top 100, one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition DU offers to chapters throughout the nation. The list is comprised of the Top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. Through the efforts of volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Socialize and strategize with Strike Debt Raleigh at 8 p.m. March 14 at Five Star Restaurant in Raleigh for a celebration kicking off the Not A Loan Education Lottery, a free-to-enter raffle dedicating 100 percent of funds raised to the process of buying and abolishing student loan debt. Strike Debt Raleigh believes that all people deserve the opportunity to attend college without graduating into a lifetime of debt. Donations will be accepted and are appreciated, but are not required to attend the kickoff event.

The Hope for Haiti Foundation is hosting Rally for Hope, an event to raise funds for the foundation. The event will be located at RallyPoint Sports Grill in Cary beginning at 7 p.m. March 15 and will feature live music by Band of Brothers, a cornhole tournament, cigar bus, raffle and silent auction.

Ray Price Harley-Davidson will host its annual Easter Basket Ride on March 30. Throughout the month of March, local residents are invited to drop off Easter baskets at the dealership, or stop in to make a monetary donation. The goal is to gather 400 Easter baskets to share with low-resource youth in the community in cooperation with Radiant Church.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is accepting nominations for the 2013 North Carolina Awards.  Created in 1961 by the General Assembly, the awards recognize significant contributions in the fields of fine arts, literature, public service, and science. The nomination deadline is April 15 and the nomination form can be found online.

Knights Stadium, home of the Charlotte Knights since 1990, is set to become a "bully-free" zone during the upcoming 2013. In partnership with the Foundation for Respect Ability, the anti-bullying program will focus on educating kids, teachers, and parents on the importance of living a bully-free life. The program will feature two 11:15 a.m. games during the month of April focused on education days for the surrounding school districts of North and South Carolina. The events, which are free and open to the public, will feature interactive concourse displays, a pre-game concert and in-game trivia/PSA's during the game.

Team Reeb and Team TrySports are joining forces to host a charity bike event that will support 24 Hours of Booty Inc. The inaugural Char-Heel Classic will take place on May 11 at TrySports SouthPark 721 Governor Morrison St., Charlotte. The event offers 41-mile and 22-mile routes and a 5-mile Family Ride that start and end at TrySports SouthPark and weave through some of Charlotte's most scenic areas. For more information and to register, visit www.charheel.com.

N.C. League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV )announced that John Campbell, WasteZero board chair, will be the keynote speaker for its annual Green Tie Awards dinner Campbell will speak about his experience of working at the intersection of the environment, business and public policy. He will reinforce NCLCV's belief that a sound environment, a strong economy and healthy communities should and can coexist. The Green Tie Awards recognize and honor state legislators and leaders who work to protect North Carolina's remarkable natural resources and quality of life.


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