01.30.13.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

PNC has provided Wake Education Partnership with two grants, totaling $75,000, to help fund the nonprofit’s Building Leaders initiative and early childhood literacy efforts. One grant of $30,000 will focus on improving early childhood literacy skills in Wake County through community outreach events and other efforts to bring together various literacy groups. An additional grant of $45,000 will support the Partnership’s Building Leaders initiative and other efforts that support Wake County schools.

Brady, a company that provides energy systems and comprehensive HVAC building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, announced that associates from the Raleigh office raised more than $1,500 to be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Kangaroo Express, an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced its fourth annual fundraiser for the American Widow Project (AWP) raised $157,769. The fundraiser launched Oct. 1 in approximately 600 Kangaroo Express convenience stores throughout North Carolina, Virginia and parts of South Carolina. AWP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the new generation of those who have lost loved service members.

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (UAC) has invested $9,240 to 11 schools through Teacher Art Grants (TAG) designed to emphasize arts in education. TAG is made possible by the support of ECO Lab and the Mary Lynn Richardson Fund, as well as the contributions of individual donors, foundations and corporations. Those interested in applying for a TAG grant for the 2013-14 academic year should call UAC at 336-373-7523, ext. 248.

News about people, groups

Chad A. Johnston, executive director of The Peoples Channel and Durham Community Media announced his resignation, effective March 15. Johnston has been the executive director since 2004 and will be leaving to assume the role of executive director of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, in St. Paul, Minn.

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina announced that Ben Brookhart and Frank Gozzo have been appointed to the chapter’s board of directors for fiscal year 2013.  The board helps chart the course for the local chapter of the nation’s largest wish-granting organization.

The North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors honored organizations and members for their efforts to improve public health. The Ham Stevens Award was presented to Durham County Health Director Gayle Bridges Harris, MPH, RN. Retired legislator William A Current Sr. was recognized with the Association’s Public Health Legislator of the Year Award. The Health Director of the Year Award was presented to Cumberland County Health Director Buck Wilson.  The 2013 Public Health Partners Award was given to Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington.

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, in  collaboration with the Greensboro Partnership, announced Linda E. Sloan as recipient of its 2012 O. Henry Award. Sloan’s service and leadership among Greensboro’s arts organizations including Triad Stage, Green Hill Center for NC Art; the Performing Arts Task Force;  Greensboro Day School’s theater program. She also is past board chair of the United Arts Council and Theatre Communications Group’s National Council for the American Theatre.

Clean Energy Durham has formally launched Pete StreetTM, Where Neighbors Get Energy SavingsTM, a program for communities to educate residents on how to save energy and money.  Pete Street captures the innovation and development from years of neighbor-to-neighbor energy efficiency programs that Clean Energy Durham has conducted in the city of Durham and rural Warren County.  Chapel Hill is the latest community to sign on to Pete Street, dovetailing with its WISE home energy upgrade program.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The American Heart Association encourages everyone to join its mission to fight heart disease in women by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 1, in recognition of National Wear Red Day. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program and the Go Red For Women movement.. Visit GoRedForWomen.org/WearRedDay to access resources to create Wear Red Day activities or build a fundraising page. Learn how to help fight heart disease in women at GoRedForWomen.org or by contacting the Triangle American Heart Association.

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition will host a legislative summit on Feb. 5 in Raleigh on drug overdose prevention. This summit will be an opportunity for legislators, nonprofits and concerned citizens to discuss a comprehensive overdose prevention bill that will include increased access to naloxone and an enhanced 911 Good Samaritan Law. Go online for more information or to register.

The NCTech4Good Conference is calling for session submissions to be presented during the conference, which will be held June 6-7 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The conference is designed to serve nonprofit professionals, volunteers and consultants, as well as small business owners. There will be scheduled presentations by leaders in the nonprofit technology sector in addition to participant-organized sessions. Participants can submit a session online or email info@nctech4good.org with questions or suggestions.

Green Hill Center for NC Art launched I Heart NC Art, a social media campaign to raise awareness and funding to support current and future working North Carolina artists. It has set a goal to reach $31,250 before March 15. Donors who give to the I Heart NC Art campaign receive online recognition for their gift.  Supporters and advocates are asked to use #IHeartNCArt on Twitter and “Like” on Facebook to help amplify the message.

Easter Seals UCP, a nonprofit serving individuals and families managing disabilities and mental health challenges, will host its inaugural Triangle Moonlight and Martinis event from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 15 at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. It will include a martini bar, live music entertainment by The Moonlighters, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $40 per person and $70 per couple and available online or by calling 919-865-8604. Money raised from the event benefits critical lifelong programs and services that provide support, care and hope to children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges in the Triangle area.

The Junior League of Raleigh and Belk are teaming up for the 2nd annual Fashion Forward, a benefit celebrating the season’s trends at 6 p.m. March 10 at Belk Crabtree Valley Mall. The event will feature a runway fashion show, shopping and a special guest appearance by fashion designer Karen Kane. Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased on the League’s website. All event proceeds go to the Junior League of Raleigh to support its community partnerships, volunteer service and leadership training.

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