Bobby Parker (second from left), vice president of marketing for Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries presents Ken Baroff (second from right), vice president of development for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, with a $10,000 donation as part of Season of Wishes campaign.
News about grants, gifts
The John Rex Endowment gave a $2 million grant to Project Enlightenment of the Wake County Public School System to provide the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program through 18 community agencies. Also receiving grants were El Pueblo ($226,915), Autism Society of North Carolina ($47,724), North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation ($40,250), PLM Families Together ($35,637), the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association ($11,500) and StepUp Ministry ($11,500).
The N.C. State Employees Credit Union Foundation gave $1 million to the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina. The grant will support the SECU Family House of WNC in Franklin.
The Winston-Salem Foundation's Legacy Society has opened applications for 2014 community grants, teacher grants and scholarships. In October, the foundation awarded $674,754 in community grants. In 2013, the Women's Fund gave $154,000 to seven local nonprofits, and the Student Aid program awarded more than $1.1 million in scholarships. For details, click here. The foundation has released its 2012 Annual Report and 2013 Report to the Community.
Benevolence Farm received a $5,000 grant from the Stentzel Foundation and a donation of 11 acres in southern Graham to help provide housing, employment, support and job training for women released from prison.
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas donated 4,325 schools supplies to schools in 19 counties through its Pints for Pencils campaign in November.
News about people, groups
Urban Ministries of Durham has partnered with ad agency McKinney to launch Names for Change, an immersive online experience that teaches about homelessness and sells naming rights to hundreds of items UMD uses.
Chris Pfitzer was selected as vice president of marketing and communications for the United Way of the Greater Triangle.
Dee Davis was elected president, Mary Mountcastle vice president, Ivan Kohar Parra secretary and Laura Mountcastle treasurer of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation's board of directors. Chard Berry and Jerry Gonzalez were also elected to the board.
Courtney Crowder, Mac Montgomery, Marion Sullivan, Amy Tiemann and John Wallace were elected to the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters' board of directors.
Col. John McCain was hired as chief operations officer of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.
News about opportunities, initiatives
With the aid of 493 volunteers, the Durham Rescue Mission served Thanksgiving dinner to 478 homeless individuals and families and gave away more than 4,000 articles of clothing, 653 bags of groceries, 191 meals on wheels and children's toys.
Be Santa to a Senior connects lonely or low-income seniors with volunteers, who visit and bring holiday gifts. Sign up through Dec. 12, or email Stephen Lair at Stephen.Lair@homeinstead.com for more information.
Communities in Schools Durham and Band Together will hold an After-Work/Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 12 at Deep South the Bar in Raleigh. Basic needs items will be collected for personal hygiene kits to be distributed to students in Wake and Durham counties.
The Shedding Light on Children Trafficking in North Carolina Conference, which is aimed at professionals and volunteers who work with children, will take place Jan. 23-24 in Raleigh. Registration is due by Dec. 19.
Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina will hold its annual fundraisers, The Wish Ball, on Feb. 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St. For tickets and sponsorship information, click here.
The 8th annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala on March at CenterState@NoDa in Charlotte will raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter. For ticket, sponsorship and donation information, click here.
Cambridge Village of Apex Independent Living is seeking volunteers to host arts and crafts classes, computer classes and history lessons. For information, contact Linda Barmann at LBarmann@cambridgevillageofapex.com or 919-363-2080.
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