Triangle volunteers use MLK day to make difference in communities.

* Second Triangle Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service took place Jan. 15, with 700 volunteers from Durham, Orange and Wake counties taking part in 25 projects across Triangle.

* Austin Leager, education coordinator, North Carolina Bankers Association, promoted to director of advanced career training.

* Pieces of Gold, annual arts extravaganza produced by Wake County Public Schools and Wake Education Partnership, to take place March 7 at Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh; tickets on sale Jan. 22 at box office or Ticketmaster.

* WRAL-TV community relations director Loretta Harper-Arnold to expand role by overseeing Capital Broadcasting Company’s gifts and sponsorships, serving as project manager for public service projects and acting as liaison for strategic community partnerships.

* Robyn Fehrman, former U.S. program associate and interim manager, Ipas, Chapel Hill, joined Triangle Community Foundation as community program officer, to implement new community grantmaking program.

* Arts & Science Council announced $11.2 million goal for 2007 annual fund drive, source of funds to provide support for cultural organizations, regional artists and arts education in Charlotte.

* In partnership with Arts & Science Council, Charlotte, Stanford Group Company gave 2007 Stanford Financial Excellence in Culture Award to Children’s Theater of Charlotte ($30,000) and Davidson Community Players ($15,000), with unrestricted funds to accomplish mission and development goals.

* Durham’s Partnership for Children, Smart Start Initiative, announced addition of new staff members:

  • Rhonda Leak, former controller, Durham YMCA, named finance assistant
  • Ted Whiteside, former director/CEO, Prevent Child Abuse, Rhode Island, named part-time early childhood grant writer
  • Margaret Cunningham named More at Four department assistant in activity planning and monitoring

* Phil Warshauer, former director of planned giving, Guilford College, Greensboro, named director for planned giving at Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community.

* United Way of Central Carolinas hosted 2007 elected officials reception honoring elected officials and highlighting importance of working together to address health and human service needs.

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