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Lowes and Second Harvest kick off holiday food drive


* Friends Feeding Friends food drive benefiting North Carolina Second Harvest Food Banks launched Nov. 1 at Lowes Foods stores, to continue through Dec. 31.

* To reach $1.5 million fundraising goal, United Way of Randolph County announced raffle to win 2007 Honda Fit or Nissan Versa for anyone who donates $100. Randolph County restaurants to participate in Eat Today for United Way by designating day during month of November to donate portion of proceeds to United Way.

* Cary Visual Art to hold 10th annual Cary Art Ball with silent auction at Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, Nov. 4. Virginia Anthony, Kim Bullard, Anthony Blackman and Amy Haverland named to leadership committee for ball. Atlantic Tire & Service and WakeMed Cary Hospital named as sponsors.

* At Junior Achievement of Central NC’s 25th Annual Business Hall of Fame, Steven D. Bell, chair and CEO, Steven D. Bell & Company, inducted into hall of fame and Thomas Leonard White Jr., chair, Alliance Companies Inc, given Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award.

* Dell computer company and Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Central North Carolina and Southern Piedmont announced Reconnect, initiative to collect and recycle unwanted computers in 49 N.C. counties and five S.C. counties.

* Church World Service, Durham, announced publication of Best Gift Catalogue to promote holiday gifts that make a difference for those affected by disaster and displacement.

* Greensboro Earth Fare and Triad Health Project held wine and beer tasting Nov. 3 to benefit Health Project.

* Debra McClure, manager, Lake Norman office of American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Chapter, named interim manager, Statesville office.

* Public Intersection, project of School of Government at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, announced publication of toolkit to assist government, nonprofit and private organizations in working together to find solutions to public problems.

* Greensboro Urban Ministry to hold 15th annual Feast of Caring Nov. 16 to raise donations in exchange for simple meal at First Baptist Church.

* Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center received Health Care Standard of Excellence Award from Web Marketing Association for development of BestHealth website.

* James C. Harper School of Performing Arts, Lenoir, held workshops featuring World Drumming curriculum at Valmead and West Lenoir elementary schools; program funded by grant from Wal-Mart.

* Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charlotte chapter, presented 2006 National Philanthropy Day awards:

  • Christa A. Overcash, outstanding philanthropist
  • James J. and Angelia M. Harris Foundation, outstanding foundation
  • Deloitte, outstanding philanthropic organization
  • Fuel Pizza, outstanding philanthropic small business
  • Thomas E. “Tommy” Norman, outstanding volunteer fundraiser
  • Casey Carpenter, outstanding student philanthropy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Powell Majors, outstanding legacy award
  • Laura C. Simic, outstanding professional fundraising executive

* United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and Greensboro Partnership opened nominations for O. Henry Award honoring local individuals who exhibit extraordinary contributions or lifelong achievement and commitment to arts and culture in community.

* Warmth for Wake, annual energy assistance program sponsored by Wake County Human Services and North Carolina Bankers Association, kicked off fundraising campaign for 29th year.

* Thomas Staab, CFO and treasurer, Inspire Pharmaceuticals, and Carl Webb, partner, Greenfire Development, named to Triangle Community Foundation board of directors.

* Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, unveiled searchable database of more than 160 case studies on scaling social impact.

* Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, partnership between Arts & Science Council and Foundation For The Carolinas, changed name to The Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust to better reflect role in protecting region’s cultural assets.

* North Carolina Teen Pregnancy Statistics for 2005 released, showing 1.1 percent decrease to 61.7 pregnancies per 1,000 teens aged 10 to 19; Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina made call to continue sex education in order to further drive rates down.

* Meg McElwain, principal, Magnolia Marketing, to serve as interim marketing manager at North Carolina Dance Theatre during Liz Ralon’s maternity leave.

* Classroom Central, Charlotte provider of free classroom supplies, to host “Educate Your Palate,” wine and dessert fundraiser Nov. 9.

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