* Wake Education Partnership presented 2006 Friend of Education Award to Jim Goodmon, president, Capitol Broadcasting Company, and Business Partner for Education Awards to Barnhill Contracting Company and KB Homes.
* N.C. Justice Center, Raleigh, presented 2006 Defenders of Justice Awards:
- N.C. Rep. Alma Adams, Greensboro, for work to increase minimum wage
- N.C. Rep. Verla Insko, Chapel Hill, for work to increase access to healthcare
- N.C. Sen. William Purcell, Laurinburg, for work to provide better housing for migrant workers
- N.C. Coalition for Lobbying Reform
- Jerry Hartzell, Hatzell & Whiteman, Raleigh, for work on consumer protections
- Jim Grant, Wilson, for work in civil rights and community organizing
- Western N.C. Workers’ Center of Morganton, for championing rights of immigrant workers
* John Fitchel, former deputy director, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, named executive director, Piedmont Opera.
* Truliant Federal Credit Union, Winston-Salem, announced creation of Community Mini-Grant Program to assist nonprofits with overhead expenses.
* Thompson Child & Family Focus, Charlotte provider of treatment, care and education for at-risk children, led Charlotte Preschool Partnership in “Healthy Me Week” to highlight importance of exercise, nutrition and hygiene.
* Food drive sponsored by Lowes Foods at Dixie Classic Fair, Winston-Salem, collected 45,700 cans of food for Crisis Control Ministry’s client choice food pantry.
* American Red Cross, Greater Carolinas Chapter, to host Red Cross Family Fall Festival Oct. 28 at Charlotte and Huntersville Blood Donor Centers, with entertainment, food, activities and opportunities to donate blood.
* Durham Arts Council joined Food Lion Shop & Share program, allowing shoppers to designate portion of each grocery purchase for Arts Council.
* North Carolina School of the Arts announced inaugural Chocolate Festival set for Oct. 25, with proceeds to benefit Triad affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
* Cheryl Jerozal, recent computer science graduate, Penn State, joined Durham office of netCorps, nonprofit technology organization.
North Carolina Community Foundation published its 2006 annual report; funder has $104.8 million in assets.
* Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro funded report analyzing efforts of Guilford Crisis Resolution Council’s Greensboro’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
* New Schools Project released white paper, “The Hidden Challenge for North Carolina: Every Student Ready for Success,” which says gaps in achievement cost state $100 million or more annually.
* Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, both of Winston-Salem, now prohibit use of all tobacco products on main campuses.
* Duke Health Raleigh Hospital and Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education launched “Wholesome Routines,” school-based nutrition and physical activity program for third through fifth graders.
* Talecris Biotherapeutics and Rex Healthcare serving as presenting co-sponsors of 23rd annual Old Reliable Run Nov. 12 in downtown Raleigh; proceeds benefit Triangle United Way Community Care Fund.
* Elie Wiesel, holocaust survivor and co-founder, Echo Foundation, Charlotte, to attend foundation’s annual Voices Against Indifference Initiative, showcasing difference individuals can make, March 27.
* Annual Festival of Trees, Winston-Salem fundraising event benefiting children’s programs at Brenner Children’s Hospital, located at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, to be held Nov. 18-19 at Dixie Classic Fairgrounds.
* Metro Heart Walk, organized by Quintiles, attracted more than 7,000 participants and raised more than $650,000 for heart disease and stroke research and education.
* Charlotte-area Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants to sponsor Autism Speaks Day, Oct. 29, during which half of store sales will benefit Autism Speaks, international nonprofit.
* Crisis Control Ministry, East Forsyth office, held open house Oct. 24 for new client choice food pantry, established to meet food-assistance needs for poor and homeless clients.
* Duke Children’s Hospital to host annual benefit horse show Nov. 7-12 at James B. Hunt Horse Complex at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh; visit http://www.dukechildrens.org/ for details.
* Moses Cone Health Center, Greensboro, received Organ Donation Medal of Honor from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for second straight year, indicating three in four patients who are eligible organ donors donate.