11.21.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Lulu.com announced it will pledge $30,000 to BookLamp’s “The Game of Books”kickstarter campaign, designed to bring the joys of reading to a new generation. The contribution amounts to almost a third of the campaign’s fundraising target.

The Verizon Foundation awarded the SECU Family House on the Richard J. Reynolds III & Marie M. Reynolds Campus a $11,216.00 grant.  This gift will go towards the Family House’s Family Assistance Fund, which helps to bridge the gap between the operational cost of a room and the amount a patient or caregiver is able to pay.

The second annual Expressions gala, benefiting the Lucy Daniels Center‘s Family Support Fund, raised more than $97,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, and the evening’s silent and live auctions.

The Salvation Army of Wake County used donations from the public donation to provide more than 70 families a  a complete Thanksgiving meal basket on Nov. 20. The Salvation Army will also serve lunch to the public on Thanksgiving Day at its Community Center location at 902 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh.

News about people, groups

Arts Together announced the five recipients of their second annual Arts Together Awards, to recognize individuals, organizations and businesses in the community that exemplify the purpose of making the arts a part of everyone’s life. Awardees include: Individual Category: Jason Smith, Chef Proprietor, 18 Seaboard and Cantina 18; Organization Category: Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; Business Category: First Citizens Bank; Lemma Mackie Alumnus Award: Nikki Dublin-Turne; and the Arts Together Faculty Award: Arts Together Preschool Teachers.

The John Rex Endowment announced new officers and members of the board of directors. Sherry Worth is the new board chair. Jill Wright, MD, Wake Health Services New Bern Ridge Pediatrics, is the new vice chair.  Janet Cowell, State Treasurer of North Carolina, and Jill Wells Heath, president and CEO of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, have been appointed to serve on the board.

The board of directors and staff of the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center and associated foundation announced the appointment of Dan Bruer as the school’s first president. In his new role, Bruer will work with the board, foundation and staff to strengthen the school’s presence within the community, build productive collaborations with other schools and agencies, and expand and diversify opportunities for philanthropic giving.

The Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation (NCF) recognizes its president, Alanna Linden, for her seven years of service. Under Linden’s leadership, NCF has increased its number of active funds by 175 and grown its assets by $26 million.

The Junior League of Greensboro  announced that it is partnering with national media sponsor Traditional Home Magazine for the Junior League of Greensboro 2013 ShowHouse, featuring the Adamsleigh estate.

Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc. (Triad Goodwill) has partnered with the Servant Center to provide medical supplies at affordable prices.  Supplies will be sold in a special kiosk located at Triad Goodwill’s Retail Store at 1235 S. Eugene St, Greensboro. Proceeds from the purchases of these items will be split between the two organizations to support their respective missions.

Allison Jordan, executive director of Children First/Communities In Schools, was awarded the T. Kennon Roberson Award for Management Excellence in Non-Profit Health and Human Services at the Nov. 15 Association of Fundraising Professional‘s National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.

The American Stroke Association announced the winners of its 2012 Hip Hop Stroke Video Competition. The Snapback Kingz of the Boys & Girls Club of Greensboro received honorable mention for their video adaptation of the American Stroke Association’s hip hop stroke song. Their video can be viewed at: www.strokeassociation.org/hiphopcontest.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina announced that Kirsten Aleman has been employed as the Project Manager for READS for Summer Learning, a research effort designed to prevent summer learning loss and close the achievement gap among low-income students in North Carolina.

The Easter Seals UCP announced that construction has begun on the Charlotte community’s first multi-sensory environment.  Slated to open in March 2013, the 400 squarefoot room will be located at the Easter Seals UCP Children’s Center at 716 Marsh Road, Charlotte. It will serve children up to age 8 who have trouble processing one or more senses.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina, local school districts and the community are implementing a program to help students successfully enter the workforce of the 21st century by bringing Junior Achievement into 350 classrooms by the end of the 2012-13 school year. Local businesses and foundations have committed to assist in the funding of its new Full STEM Ahead! Skills for a Global Economy initiative.  Sponsors include Alcoa Foundation, Bank of America, Duke Energy Foundation, E.A. Morris Foundation, EMC Corporation, Gildan ActivewearGuilford County, Lincoln Financial, News & Record, Piedmont Natural Gas, PNC Foundation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Timken, Truliant Federal Credit Union, United Guaranty and Wells Fargo. 

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is hosting its For A Higher Goal Gala on Dec. 3 at The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The Gala commemorates the five year anniversary of the charitable organization, established by the late Kay Yow, the former N.C. State University head women’s basketball coach who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and battled the disease until her passing in 2009. For more information about the event, please visit www.KayYow.com.

In its sixth consecutive year, ESPN’s Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research begins on  Nov. 27 across all domestic ESPN platforms. The weeklong initiative will drive awareness of and donations to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, named for the late N.C. State University basketball coach Jim Valvano

The next Northern Wake Relay For Life event is set for May 17-18, 2013. The date was announced by the Northern Wake Relay For Life Planning Committee co-chaired by Tommy Killebrew and Roger Scott. Location and times will follow.

The Community Foundation of Henderson County set the date and is seeking partners for Vintage Carolina 2013, which helps support the work of the Foundation. Vintage Carolina 2013 will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., March 4, 2013, at the Hendersonville Country Club at 1860 Hebron Road. For information about partnership opportunities, contact Vice President of Community Philanthropy Kathryn McConnell at kmcconnell@cfhcforever.org or (828) 697-6224.

The Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation (NCF) launched an interactive web-based tool on Nov. 16 to help clients better understand and see the positive impact of their charitable giving. To learn more about how to strategically and effectively connect your charitable giving with local and national organizations, or to find out about the services provided through the National Christian Foundation of Raleigh, please contact Alanna Linden at (919) 438-0350 or log onto  Raleigh.NationalChristian.com/home.

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