08.15.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

has provided
the North
Carolina Symphony
$140,000 in funding for a new 28-foot insulated vehicle.  The new vehicle
will help the nationally recognized North Carolina Symphony continue their
broad travels across the state to bring world-class talent and musical
performances to North Carolina students and communities each year. In
recognition of SECU members’ contribution as a partner in education, the
vehicle will be designed with an exterior wrap highlighting the SECU Foundation
alongside the Symphony.

A Child’s Place (ACP) has received $100,000 in grant funds from The Leon Levine Foundation to help fulfil its mission of erasing the impact of
homelessness on children and their education. The funds will be used to help
more of the growing number of homeless children attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg

News about people, groups

More than one thousand state
employees and retirees gathered at Raleigh’s Bicentennial Mall on Friday,
August 10th for the
official launch of the 2012 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC).  The annual event, which
features displays and representatives from more than 70 charities serving North
Carolinians will mark the beginning of the only charitable giving campaign
authorized for state employees.

The CORRAL Riding Academy, a local non-profit committed to improving the lives of
at-risk teen girls and rescued horses, has reached full capacity for the
2012-2013 school year. This announcement comes at the beginning of their fourth
operating year signaling that CORRAL is a young, but highly successful
non-profit organization in the Triangle area that is quickly growing. This
fall, CORRAL will serve 20 girls in the riding academy and an additional 20
girls in the out-patient Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is leading an effort to expand
its Strive to Revive program, which kicked off in Charlotte in 2010, to make a
difference in the fight against heart disease. The program will now help
prevent even more deaths related to cardiovascular disease by providing AEDs
and CPR training to 150 places of worship across North Carolina. Sudden cardiac
arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., claiming up to
450,000 lives each year. Places of worship may apply by visiting www.healthandwholeness.org/strive-to-revive.

Parker was named the American Heart Association’s Triad Volunteer of the Year for her
dedication and efforts to support the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of
cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Zula, a High Point resident, has
participated and volunteered with heart walks, heart balls, parades, health
fairs, church events and Go Red For Women events throughout the Triad.

The V Foundation announced Susan Braun as its CEO, effective September 17,
2012.  Nick Valvano, current CEO and brother to the late Jim Valvano, is
stepping away after leading The Foundation for the past 13 years.  Valvano
will remain on The V Foundation’s Board of Directors and take part in special

Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina
Stacy Duck as its new Executive Director. Stacy comes to the Alliance from the Chatham Social Health Council in Siler City, where she has served as Executive
Director since 2008.  She brings 22 years of experience in mental
health and five years HIV prevention and education, including 12
years with the State of New York’s Developmental Disabilities Services

North Carolina
pleased to announce that Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central
Piedmont Community College
(CPCC) in Charlotte, has been elected chair of the Leadership North
Carolina Board of Directors.  

The Arc of Wake County’s Project SEE (Supported
Employment Experiences) placed seventeen interns at different job sites over
the summer to target individuals ages 16-22 with developmental disabilities.
The Arc was pleased to partner with Whole Foods, SAS, Catholic Parish Outreach,
PPD, Inc., and the Cameron Village Library.

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