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* DonorsChooseNC is now available in 115 school districts in North Carolina after small pilot program launched in February. National online program matches donors with teachers’ classroom needs.

* Raleigh City Museum is launching exhibit Oct. 16, “Nature unleashed! Disasters in Raleigh”, about hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and blizzards and how agencies predict and prepare for them.

* N.C. Arts Council gave fellowship awards and $8,000 each to 14 visual and film artists and two choreographers. Application deadline for next awards for composers, songwriters, writers, playwrights and screenwriters is Nov. 1.

* Ann Goodnight, co-chair, 2003 school bond campaign, named 2004 Friend of Education by Wake Education Partnership. Lifetouch Portrait Studios received 2004 Business Partner for Education award.

* Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center won 2004 Working to end domestic violence excellence award, Family Services’ Domestic Violence Community Council.

* Diane Dillon Hooper, former executive director, Historic Salisbury Foundation, named grants manager and chief writer, Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation.

* Leadership North Carolina named 50 participants for six classes on economic development, education, environment, government/politics, and health and human services issues in the state.

* Claire Tate, Partners in Out-of-School Time, named one of 25 Afterschool Ambassadors in U.S. to help promote and support after-school programs.

* Moses Cone Health System named three to board:

  • Lily Kelly-Radford, vice president, global leadership development, Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Winburne King, general counsel, Smith Richardson Foundation.
  • William R. Soles, president, CEO and founder, Soles Brower Smith & Co.

* Isoph, Carrboro, launched LCC Basics Training, online course to support Massachusetts Local Cultural Council program.

* Jennifer White, student in master’s program in public administration N.C. Central University, and former middle school teacher, named intern, Durham’s Partnership for Children.

* Charles C. Lucas, partner, The McAulay Firm, Charlotte-based executive search firm, named to board, The Duke Endowment, Charlotte.

* Jean Rabb Irvin, executive director, Forsyth Council for Children and Families, received top award from Winston-Salem Foundation for work initiating and managing merger of Juvenile Justice Council, Forsyth Futures and Juvenile Crime Prevention Council into Forsyth Council for Children and Families.

* John H. Felts, former faculty member, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will have chair endowed in his name, thanks to donation from friends.

* WakeMed Health & Hospitals joined with 13 other hospitals in North Carolina to form Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance to improve quality and safety of health care, share information and improve educational opportunities.

* Charlotte Metro Heart Walk, American Heart Association, raised over $710,000 to support heart disease and stroke research and educational programs for Charlotte community.

* Salvation Army of Wake County raised over $57,000 for its community center in Raleigh from its First Annual Bell-Ringer’s Benefit for Children.

* NASCAR will host “On track for charity” fundraising walk October 16 with celebrities on track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway to benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp and Speedway Children’s Charities.

* James M. Judge, founder and president, Cambridge Consulting Solutions, named to board, Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina, Greensboro.

* Julie Ketner Rigby, former director of development, First Flight Centennial Foundation, named vice president, external relations, Museum of Life and Science, Durham.

* Isoph, Carrboro, N.C., signed up Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest as new client of Isoph Blue learning-management system.

* School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, increased outside support for research by over $28 million to $186 million in 2004.

* Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, arts, civic and philanthropic leader, will receive 2004 John Tyler Caldwell award for the humanities from North Carolina Humanities Council.

* Bermuda Run Ladies Golf Association raised $50,000 through 8th Bermuda Run Hospice Golf & Tennis Classic to benefit Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

* Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for children and youth grants initiative, especially for programs that address limited-English speaking people, work with children and families or are developing new ways to improve service delivery.

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