January 29, 2015

08.15.12.: NC News Bits


News about grants, gifts

The SECU Foundation has provided the North Carolina Symphony with $140,000 in funding for a new 28-foot insulated vehicle.  The new vehicle will help the nationally recognized North Carolina Symphony continue their broad travels across the state to bring world-class talent and musical performances to North Carolina students and communities each year. In recognition of SECU members' contribution as a partner in education, the vehicle will be designed with an exterior wrap highlighting the SECU Foundation alongside the Symphony.

A Child's Place (ACP) has received $100,000 in grant funds from The Leon Levine Foundation to help fulfil its mission of erasing the impact of homelessness on children and their education. The funds will be used to help more of the growing number of homeless children attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

News about people, groups

More than one thousand state employees and retirees gathered at Raleigh's Bicentennial Mall on Friday, August 10th for the official launch of the 2012 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC).  The annual event, which features displays and representatives from more than 70 charities serving North Carolinians will mark the beginning of the only charitable giving campaign authorized for state employees.

The CORRAL Riding Academy, a local non-profit committed to improving the lives of at-risk teen girls and rescued horses, has reached full capacity for the 2012-2013 school year. This announcement comes at the beginning of their fourth operating year signaling that CORRAL is a young, but highly successful non-profit organization in the Triangle area that is quickly growing. This fall, CORRAL will serve 20 girls in the riding academy and an additional 20 girls in the out-patient Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is leading an effort to expand its Strive to Revive program, which kicked off in Charlotte in 2010, to make a difference in the fight against heart disease. The program will now help prevent even more deaths related to cardiovascular disease by providing AEDs and CPR training to 150 places of worship across North Carolina. Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., claiming up to 450,000 lives each year. Places of worship may apply by visiting www.healthandwholeness.org/strive-to-revive.

Zula Parker was named the American Heart Association's Triad Volunteer of the Year for her dedication and efforts to support the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Zula, a High Point resident, has participated and volunteered with heart walks, heart balls, parades, health fairs, church events and Go Red For Women events throughout the Triad.

The V Foundation announced Susan Braun as its CEO, effective September 17, 2012.  Nick Valvano, current CEO and brother to the late Jim Valvano, is stepping away after leading The Foundation for the past 13 years.  Valvano will remain on The V Foundation's Board of Directors and take part in special projects.

The Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina welcomes Stacy Duck as its new Executive Director. Stacy comes to the Alliance from the Chatham Social Health Council in Siler City, where she has served as Executive Director since 2008.  She brings 22 years of experience in mental health and five years HIV prevention and education, including 12 years with the State of New York's Developmental Disabilities Services Office. 

Leadership North Carolina is pleased to announce that Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, has been elected chair of the Leadership North Carolina Board of Directors.  

The Arc of Wake County's Project SEE (Supported Employment Experiences) placed seventeen interns at different job sites over the summer to target individuals ages 16-22 with developmental disabilities. The Arc was pleased to partner with Whole Foods, SAS, Catholic Parish Outreach, PPD, Inc., and the Cameron Village Library.

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