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03.22.12: This week in N.C.: Nonprofits & giving

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News about grants, gifts

Associates and customers of Salisbury-based Food Lion raised record-high $4.5 million during annual fundraising effort for Easter Seals, up 22 percent from last year, and bringing to over $33 million total raised since effort was launched 21 years ago.

Lucy Daniels Center, Cary, getting two grants totaling over $1.2 million from John Rex Endowment, Raleigh.

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Asheville, announced $1.7 million in grants to 33 nonprofits.

Alumnus Fred Eshelman, founder, Pharmaceutical Product Development, gave $2.5 million to UNC Eshelman School Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, bringing his total support for the school to over $35 million.

GlaxoSmithKline made a three-year, $750,000 grant to support professional development of teachers and principals in schools that focus on science, technology, engineering and math that are part of statewide network of STEM schools developed by North Carolina New Schools Project in partnership with state agencies, local school districts, business and industry.

Fans at concert by Bruce Springsteen at Greensboro Coliseum donated over 2,000 pounds of food and gave over $3,000 to support efforts by Greensboro Urban Ministry to reduce and end hunger and homeless in the community.

Building Together of the Triangle received $30,000 disaster-recovery grant from Sears Holdings to help tornado victims from April 2011 storms.

Group of citizens donated funds to buy 30,000 pounds of concrete for earthcast sculpture that architect and sculptor Thomas Sayre is creating in Caldwell County to tell past and future stories of the county, says Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir; Sayre is donating his time for the project.

Sign-A-Rama of the Triad donating $30,000 in signage to 57 area nonprofits through its third annual Signs of Support grant program; over 112 nonprofits from throughout Piedmont submitted applications.

Don and Jennifer Holzworth of Chapel Hill, founder and former chief financial officer, respectively, Constella Group, gave $666,000 to endow professorship at Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

News about people, groups

Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, launched campaign to raise $10 million. Co-chairs are bill Atkinson, president and CEO, WakeMed Health and Hospitals; Frank Holding Jr., chairman and CEO, First Citizens Bank; and Jim Perry, chairman, Waste Industries, and chair, Wake Tech board of trustees.

Sarah Lowder, former executive director, Wade Edwards Foundation, Raleigh, named development coordinator, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro broke ground on 400th house, sponsored by Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Volvo Financial Services.

Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, hosting A Vintage Affair fundraising event, April 12, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Foundation for the Carolinas.

Over 20 business and community leaders served as guest teachers in public schools the week of March 19-30 through Teach for America – Eastern North Carolina.

Megan Anderson, senior financial services representative, First Citizens Bank at Brier Creek, elected to board of directors, North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation, Raleigh.

The Queen’s Foundation, Greensboro, will benefit from garden-style party gala, April 21, Graylyn International Conference Center, Winston-Salem.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity raised first wall of its seventh “Women Build” house on Chapel Park Place in Shiloh; Asheville Area Habitat hosting “Lawn & Garden Sale” on March 31 at its ReStore, 31 Meadow Road.

Hospice of Davidson County holding fifth annual benefit golf tournament April 26, Sapona Country Club, Lexington.

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