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Campaign launched for children’s center

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DURHAM, N.C. — Triangle-area leaders launched a $3.5 million campaign to raise funds to build and operate a new child care services center designed as a hub for local services.

Jim Goodmon, president of Capitol Broadcasting Company, announced the company will donate $1 for every $2 raised, up to $200,000, to benefit the Jim & Carolyn Hunt Child Care Resource Center, which will be built in Durham.

The center aims to serve as a centralized hub for child-care services in the Triangle, and will house programs and services of the Child Care Services Association, including a kitchen that will serve more than 1 million meals annually to Triangle kids.

The new building will also house the offices of Durham’s Smart Start and More and Four programs and Durham’s Alliance for Child Care Access.

Former Gov. Jim Hunt, Jim Goodmon and James Ammons, chancellor of N.C. Central University, will serve as honorary campaign co-chairs.

Mary Ann black, associate vice president for community affairs at Duke University Health Systems, Scott Gardner of Duke Power and Ellen Reckhow, chair of the Durham County Commissioners, will lead the campaign.

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