01.16.13.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Mission Foundation announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation to purchase additional instruments for its music therapy program. The Mission Foundation was awarded $2,500 to purchase a small, portable harp, a 25-note chromatic set of tone chimes, a guitar and several percussion and rhythm instruments such as maracas, tambourines and drums. The music therapy program already employs two pianos and a variety of rhythm instruments.

Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start Initiative, announced that Barnes & Noble Streets at Southpoint customers purchased nearly 3,200 new books for children in Durham County during the 2012 holiday book drive that ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

News about people, groups

SEED20, the annual nonprofit social entrepreneur competition launched by Social Venture Partners, has announced the SEED20 Class of 2013. The Charlotte-basedparticipants will spend seven weeks collaborating with business and civic leaders to develop final project “pitches”. Ten finalists will then be selected to present their ideas at the SEED20Unleashed! event on March 7. To learn more about the SEED20 class, visit www.SEED20.org.

Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and senior correspondent for The PBS NewsHour, has been elected a Trustee of The Duke Endowment. Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation and she serves as a Trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, and the Urban Institute. Her honors include the Cine Lifetime Achievement Award, a Duke Distinguished Alumni Award, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, and the University of Southern California Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

United Way of the Greater Triangle will host the Triangle Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan.21. Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties will host more than 30 community service projects to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King across the Triangle. Individuals, families, corporate and church groups are encouraged to sign up for projects by going online.

In Durham, more than 1,000 volunteers will participate in a project of Campus Compact, Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, Duke University Chapel, and Duke Community Service Center for a “Million Meals” event, packaging meals to be sent around the world to those in need.

Brad Wilson, CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina (BCBSNC), honorary March for Babies chair for the Triangle and North Carolina 75th Anniversary chair for the March of Dimes, announced that BCBSNC’s Michael Parkerson has taken on the role of March for Babies chair for the Triangle. Parkerson will play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes efforts to prevent preterm birth and birth defects.

Mission Foundation announced several promotions and an addition to its staff. Melody E. Dunlop was named chief operating officer.  Dunlop was formerly vice president of administration and has been with the foundation since 1998. Sharon B. Steele was promoted to vice president, finance. Steele was formerly director of finance and has been with the foundation since 2000. Laurel Rathbun Hunt was promoted to vice president, grant development. Hunt was formerly director of grant development and joined the foundation in 2002. Added to the leadership team is Neil Gurney, who was appointed vice president, strategic advancement.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Marty Martin, JD MPA, principal for the Martin Law Firm in Raleigh, will present a national webinar titled: “Board Culture: How To Prevent a Shift in the Wrong Direction.” The webinar will be presented from 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 29. For more information or to register for this course, contact BoardSource at 202-349-2500 or online.

WFMY News 2 Winterfest will host a charity weekend on Jan. 18-20 to benefit three local nonprofits. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Salvation Army, Greensboro Urban Ministries and Triad Goodwill.

BurgerFi will host a fundraising event at its Cary location (2052 Renaissance Park Place) on Jan. 29 to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. Customers who dine at BurgerFi between 5-10 pm and mention Make-A-Wish will have 10 percent of their bill donated to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. For details, please contact janruff@burgerficarolinas.com.

Keep NC Beautiful, in partnership with the N.C. Coca-Cola Bottlers Council, is accepting community improvement grant applications for projects to be completed in 2013 that address litter prevention and roadside clean-up, waste reduction and recycling and beautification. Schools, youth and civic groups, nonprofits/local governments and Keep NC Beautiful affiliates are eligible to apply. Applications can be downloaded at www.keepncbeautiful.org and are due by March 1. For more information, contact Brenda Ewadinger at 704-442-0791 or bewadinger@keepncbeautiful.org.

The Community Foundation of Henderson County is accepting applications for the Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited William L. Arbuckle Memorial Scholarship for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. The $1,000 award and is offered for any student accepted to an accredited degree granting college or university within the Southern Appalachian Region. Applications can be obtained by calling 828-697-6224 or emailing Lhenderson-hill@CFHCforever.org.


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