O’Meara recognized for work to reduce SIDS deaths.

* Christine O’Meara, coordinator of North Carolina’s Back to Sleep Campaign, received 2006 Individual Child Health Recognition Award from GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for work to reduce deaths from sudden infant death syndrome.

* Lightner Youth Leadership Banquet in North Raleigh to celebrate 33rd anniversary of election of Clarence Lightner, Raleigh’s only African American mayor, and raise money for youth leadership academy established in his name.

* Private fundraiser at Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar raised $6,000 for Junior League of Greensboro.

* Paul Hickman, general manager, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, announced $35,000 sponsorship of team of employees who participated in Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk.

* Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to host Partners in Philanthropy 2006 Luncheon Celebration Nov. 14 featuring Bill Strickland as keynote speaker.

* MarketSmart Advertising raised $14,000 for 2006 Walk for Hope, benefiting Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness, through company fundraisers and sponsor donations.

* Lowe’s home improvement stores announced Homes for the Holidays, donation collection program benefiting Habitat for Humanity, to kick off Nov. 13 and continue through Dec. 11.

* Colin Branch, Carolina Panthers football player, received team’s 2005 Ed Block Courage Award for overcoming challenges on and off field.

* TopCats, official cheerleaders of Carolina Panthers, to volunteer in Allegro Foundation movement instruction class for children with severe disabilities, at Carolinas Medical Center.

* Shops at Friendly Center, new Greensboro shopping center, raised $10,000 for Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina at grand opening VIP party.

* Interact, Wake County agency assisting domestic violence victims, to represent North Carolina in 83rd annual Christmas Pageant of Peace, Washington, D.C.

*Randolph Telephone pledged $30,000 to Zoo To Do, annual fundraiser of North Carolina Zoo Society, for elephant and rhinoceros habitat expansion project.

* School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, released “The Public Intersection Toolkit,” publication urging all sectors of society to cooperate on community problem solving; written by Lydian Altman-Sauer, Margaret Henderson, Gordon P. Whitaker.

* Beauty Brands Salon*Spa*Superstore locations in South Charlotte and Huntersville joined Redken hair care company during October for It Takes Guts campaign to raise awareness and funding for Reduce Abuse program; raised $1,700 for United Family Services’ Shelter for Battered Women, Charlotte.

* Friendly Center, Greensboro shopping center, collecting items and monetary donations to help Eastern Guilford High School students and teachers replace items destroyed by school fire.

* Crisis Assistance Ministry, Charlotte, recognized seven community members with Shirley Henry Volunteer Award: Barbara and Bailey Cooper, Jill Haynes, Betty Taylor, Diane Burleson, Lillian Grier and Jean Cossart.

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