Ronald McDonald House kicks off campaign for new facility.

* Ronald McDonald House of Durham announced $15 million capital campaign to build new seven-story facility with three times as many rooms as original, to house families with children undergoing treatment at Duke Children’s Hospital.

* American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina announced recipients of 38th Annual Frank Porter Graham Awards:

  • Frank Porter Graham Award, Sharon Thompson, attorney and co-founder, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Attorneys
  • ACLU-NC Award, Marisol Jimenez McGee, advocacy director and lobbyist, El Pueblo
  • Paul Green Award, Cas Shearin, investigator, Center for Death Penalty Litigation

* Amy McConkey, director of advanced career training for North Carolina Bankers Association, named Association’s meetings director; Blair Wicker named assistant meetings director.

* Marshall Wheeler named director of risk management, Community Bank Services, subsidiary of North Carolina Bankers Association; Mary Warburton Crane named manager of risk management services; Janice Royster named assistant to the executive vice president at Community Bank Services.

* Smith Moore LLP, Greensboro, sponsored canned food drive benefiting Greensboro Urban Ministry.

* Paula A. Wolf, Raleigh, announced formation of Paualtics LLC, government affairs, political relations and political consulting firm.

* United Way of Central Carolinas announced new member agencies: Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and Substance Abuse Prevention Services.

* Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, announced graduation of seven students from 11-week Culinary Job Training Program; more than 200 students have graduated since program’s inception in 1989.

* Volunteer Center of Greensboro awarded ten Guilford County volunteers with North Carolina Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2004/2005 and 2005/2006.

* Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg established college scholarship fund in honor of Cynthia Blythe Marshall, with more than $100,000 raised to date.

* Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch named chair of Salvation Army of Winston Salem’s 2007 Capital Campaign, with $3.15 million goal set for building improvements and construction.

* Capital Business Solutions and RenWeb School Management Software, both of Raleigh, announced alliance to offer school administration, tuition management and fund accounting solutions to public and private schools nationwide.

* United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau and the News & Record formed partnership to launch The Scene, comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar at newspaper’s arts website,

* Winston-Salem Foundation released 2006 report to the community, “Voices of Generosity;” also includes 2005 annual report; 2005 assets more than $272 million, grants exceeded $20 million.

* Triad Association of Health Underwriters collected 119 pounds of food for Urban Ministry of Greensboro in November, collected approximately twice as much for Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston Salem in December.

* Baker Residential completed construction of Charlotte Magazine Dream Home, 5,000 square foot designer home open for tours, workshops and events in February, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

* Greensboro Partnership collected two pickup-truckloads of toys for U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Program.

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