Habitat of Wake raises funds to construct four new homes.

* Habitat for Humanity of Wake County raised more than $230,000 at 6th annual Habitat Holiday Home Tour, expects 50-cents-on-every-dollar match from The Stewards Fund; combined total to finance construction of four homes.

* University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s endowment reached $1.48 billion in fiscal 2006, driven by 19.2 percent investment return.

* Betsy Conti, former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, named director of development at N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh.

* Legal Aid of North Carolina launched new website, www.probono.net/NC, containing resources to help lawyers increase their volunteer assistance to low-income North Carolinians.

* Triangle Community Foundation published fiscal-2006 annual report, “Points of Connection;” funder awarded 2,118 grants totaling $11.3 million and 96 scholarships totaling almost $350,000 during the year.

* Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina released annual State of Preventive Health report, which highlights findings about rising incidence of childhood obesity and parents’ roles in prevention, solutions.

* Yogi and Martha Yarborough, High Point, received Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award from United Way of Greater High Point, given in recognition of annual gifts of $10,000 or more to United Way.

* Newly-formed Cary Community Foundation to host grand gala event for Founder’s Fund Members, March 28, 2007.

* Interact, Wake County agency serving victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, shipped 50 Christmas ornaments decorated by local children to Washington, D.C., for 83rd annual Christmas Pageant of Peace Tree Lighting Ceremony in December.

* Good Friends of High Point, nonprofit assisting people in crisis situations, to hold annual fundraising luncheon Dec. 6 at High Point Country Club.

* Wake Forest University Health Sciences received $1 million boost in outside support in 2006, brining total for fiscal year to $189.8 million, with federal government as primary source of outside funding.

* Peter J. Wagner, former associate director of alumni relations, Bowdoin College, Maine, named director of alumni relations, Davidson College.

* Lynn James, executive director, United Methodist Foundation, Raleigh, elected to two-year term as vice president of National Association of United Methodist Foundations.

* Through its Nights of Giving, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar raised total of $14,000 for Triad Stage, Junior League of Greensboro and Alight Incorporated.

* Chili cook-off and silent auction sponsored by Randolph County government raised more than $900 for United Way of Randolph County’s campaign.

* YWCA Central Carolinas’ More than a Roof Campaign has generated $5.8 million toward $7.5 million goal to fund capital improvements, expansion of programming and maintenance of facilities.

* Chatham County Relay for Life named number one in country for second straight year in 50,000-60,000 population bracket, with Pittsboro Relay volunteers raising $189,000 and West Chatham volunteers raising $145,000.

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