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Alumna entrepreneur aids Duke partnership

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DURHAM, N.C. — Duke alumna and Durham business owner Grace Ann Nordhoff has made a $200,000 gift to help endow the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership.

The 1982 graduate and owner of the Mad Hatter’s Café and Bake Shop joined the partnership’s board of advisors in 2005. She lives in Seattle, but continues to manage the café and remains active in the partnership.

The Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership is a collaboration that involves Duke, 12 neighborhoods and eight public schools, and focuses on education enrichment for children, neighborhood stabilization, strengthening community organizations and engaging Duke students and staff in community service.

In a news release, Nordhoff calls the Partnership a vital component for better integrating the university with the surrounding community.

Nordhoff’s contribution follows two other major endowment gifts in the past year. Kevin Kenny, a 1989 graduate and hedge-fund manager, gave $200,000, and Robert King Steel, a 1973 graduate and chair of Duke’s board of trustees, gave $500,000.

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