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* Cary Community Foundation formed, named charter members to board of directors and announced fundraising goal of $400,000 for Founders Fund to make unrestricted grants benefiting Town of Cary residents.

* Duke Endowment named new staff members:

  • Charity Perkins, former vice president of communications, Foundation for the Carolinas, named communications department director
  • Wynne Speir, 2005 graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, named assistant director of communications
  • Karen Rogers, Endowment’s former controller, named treasurer
  • Lisa Morgan, former fund administrator, Wachovia Capital Partners, named new controller

* Wachovia Wealth Management to host inaugural Artfusion, two-day event showcasing Winston-Salem artists to selected clients, featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman with Winston-Salem Symphony.

* Bank of America Chair and CEO Kenneth D. Lewis hosted 2006 Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Program Oct. 26 for nonprofit leaders across country to address issues of leadership succession, community building, organizational growth and funding diversification.

* Bob K. Koger, president and executive director, Advanced Energy, Raleigh-based nonprofit, received national public leadership service award from U.S. Energy Association and Johnson Controls Inc. for efforts to promote energy efficiency; Koger nominated by Gov. Easley.

* WTVI, Charlotte, launched new website to connect viewers to news, programming and station information.

* Alight Inc., Greensboro nonprofit supporting breast cancer patients and their families, selected as one of three beneficiaries of Fleming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar Nights of Giving, Nov. 2, with 100 percent of night’s proceeds going to Alight.

* Lori J. Brown, former vice president, Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin, named vice president and administrator, Brenner Children’s Hospital, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

* Michael L. Clements, director, Downtown Health Plaza, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, named president, North Carolina Public Health Association.

* Cindy Sink, former creative services director, WRAL-TV, selected to represent Shoestring Creative Group, national marketing communications firm serving nonprofits, as North Carolina affiliate.

* World Music singer Youssou N’Dour working with Chapel Hill-based IntraHealth International to launch Youssou N’Dour Fund at Intrahealth, partnership to promote better health in Africa.

* Easter Seals national representative Ryan Odens made official trip to Charlotte to spread message of courage in the face of physical and mental illness, culminating in invitation to attend Carolina Panthers game with Easter Seals Charlotte Board Chair Rich Davies.

* John Rex Endowment gave Hands of Health 2006 Awards to Dr. Mark Piehl, WakeMed Faculty Physicians pediatrician, and Yo Sobha, A.E. Finley YMCA associate branch director, for innovation in improving health of underserved Wake County children.

* Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Charlotte Chapter, raised more than $650,000 at annual gala honoring Wachovia President and CEO Ken Thompson, 80 percent of which will fund research.

* SAS software company and North Carolina Community College System announced online learning pilot to provide Web-based educational content to adult learners through community colleges.

* WFDD, Wake Forest University’s National Public Radio affiliate, raised $184,000 through On Air Pledge Drive, seeks additional $615,000 in annual membership contributions for 2007.

* TROSA, Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, to hold graduation for 27 members of 2-year residential substance abuse treatment program Nov. 12.

* Natasha Gore, former program officer, Winston-Salem Foundation, named community education coordinator, Smart Start of Forsyth County; Smart Start also seeking new executive director to replace Pamela Wyatt, who left to become director at United Way of Wilmington.

* Jersey Mike’s Subs at participating Charlotte locations to donate 50 percent of sales on Oct. 29 to Autism Speaks, autism awareness and research fundraising organization.

* e-NC Authority, state group with task of increasing availability of internet access, named finalist in North Carolina Technology Association’s Top Government/Not-for-Profit Technology of the Year category.

* Screening and panel discussion of documentary film “The Guestworker” to be held Nov. 3 at Richard White Auditorium, Duke East Campus.

* High Point Museum’s African American Gallery Guide received Silver award in Southeastern Museum Conference’s 19th Annual Publication Design Competition.

* Triad Chapter of Association of Fundraising professionals named 2006 Philanthropy Day Awards recipients:

  • Jeanne Duncan, outstanding fundraising professional
  • Rena and Mark Norcross, outstanding philanthropist
  • Dell Inc., outstanding corporation
  • Joseph Bryan Foundation, outstanding foundation
  • Zanne Garland, emerging fundraisers (youth)
  • Crisis Control Ministry Youth Council, youth organization for fundraising
  • Marian Douglas, Denny Kelly, Ashley Thrift, volunteer fundraisers
  • Tom Hearn, lifetime achievement award

* Mental Health Association in North Carolina, Raleigh, name board officers: Judy Briggs, president; Will Joyner, president-elect, Stephanie Gilley, secretary; Bob Vaughn, treasurer; Gail Arneke, chair of human resources.

* Obie Johnson, mental health provider with Partnership for Drug Free NC, received Bell Award from Mental Health Association in Forsyth County for work helping vulnerable and disenfranchised citizens; Richard Brunstetter, psychiatrist with Partnership for Drug Free NC, received Mental Health Professional Service Award for work in child and adolescent psychiatry.

* Laura Hanson, clinical coordinator for long term care team, Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, named received T. Reginald Harris, MD Award from North Carolina Medical Society.

* Triangle United Way Teaming for Technology and North Carolina Assistive Technology Program to distribute 90 refurbished computers to North Carolina residents with disabilities Nov. 3.

* Ronny A. Bell, associate professor of public health sciences-epidemiology and prevention, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, named interim associate director, Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health.

* Triangle United Way announced raising $4 million through fundraising drive, with $2.7 million going toward $11 million Community Care Fund goal.

* With three weeks left in fundraising campaign, United Way of Central Carolinas announced raising $30.1 million of $44 million goal; agency sent out appeal for additional donatio

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