02.20.13.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

A five-year, $1.76 million grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation was announced that will fund the creation of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center of Excellence for Active Learning at North Carolina A&T State University. The STEM Center will inspire current, incoming and prospective N.C. A&T students to pursue STEM studies and careers.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina provided a $35,000 grant from its Food and Farming Focus Area to support a major expansion of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Appalachian Grown regional food branding and certification program. Appalachian Grown labels and promotes locally-grown farm products in the marketplace to enable consumers to easily identify and act on their desire to support local food and farmers.

A Raleigh business leader and long-time supporter of Wake Tech has contributed $50,000 to support scholarships for students facing financial hardship. John Alexander, president and general manager of Cardinal International Trucking, gave the donation to Wake Tech’s major gifts campaign, “The Ripple Effect,” in honor of his wife, Susan. The announcement was made at the dedication of the Susan C. Alexander Culinary Labs and Dining Hall on Wake Tech’s Main Campus. Alexander is a former Wake Tech Foundation board member who played a critical role in the effort to raise more than a million dollars to re-charter the foundation in 1991. He has been an avid supporter of Wake Tech since 1989.

The Raleigh chapter of the National Christian Foundation (NCF) gave nearly $13,000 in grants to various YMCA of the Triangle locations in January 2013. Since 2005, NCF Raleigh has made $144,000 in charitable donations to the YMCA. The most recent grant given to the Cary Family YMCA was contributed by Cary advisory board member Frank Shell.

The Perlman Foundation has awarded $10,000 to Southeast Raleigh Assembly Inc. (SERA) to support the organization’s mission to facilitate capacity building through economic development, sustainability, and individual empowerment. SERA was selected based on its exceptional work to enhance the community’s quality of life in Southeast Raleigh, particularly in promoting health and wellness, youth empowerment and affordable housing.

The Alliance of NC Black Elected Officials was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for 2013.  The Alliance, composed of organizations representing black elected officials and advocate groups from across the state, works to inspire positive public policy in areas that impact the lives of black North Carolinians.

The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation’s RiverKids Program, an environmental awareness and education program that builds connections and appreciation for environmental conservation, has been approved for a chance to receive funding fromMicrofunding Opportunities for Nonprofits through the Give For Youth Challenge. The top 20 out of 129 submissions will be featured on Give For Youth, where they will be eligible for public funding and matching grants of up to $100,000 from Microsoft. You may vote for the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation’s program online through 12 p.m. March 1.

Area BI-LO Supermarkets will launch a scan campaign at its registers that enable shoppers donate to Mission Foundation’s fundraising campaign to expand Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) air ambulance program that serves western North Carolina. Grocery shoppers may add any dollar amount to their grocery bill at any of the area’s 12 participating BI-LO stores. Proceeds will be donated to the foundation specifically for the MAMA expansion. BI-LO will match dollar for dollar donations up to $100,000 toward the $2 million fundraising goal.

News about people, groups

The Development Exchange Inc. announced that Connie Walker of WUNC has joined the board of directors. Walker has been the president and general manager of North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC since 2009 and brings nearly 30 years of experience to the position.

Margaret Bourdeaux Arbuckle will retire from her position as executive director ofGuilford Education Alliance by the end of June. Arbuckle has served as executive director since 2005 and during her tenure the alliance has become a leading education advocacy organization in the county and state.

United Way of the Greater Triangle announced J.R. Shearin as chair of the board of directors. In his new position, Shearin will be responsible for leading the board of director’s in assisting the organization’s strategic impact on the community while helping thousands in need.

Anita Walton, director of alumni relations at North Carolina Central University, will assume the chair of CASE District III board of directors at the organization’s annual conference Feb. 17-20. CASE is the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, an international professional association for education fundraising, marketing/communications and alumni relations staff.

Arts Together announced five recipients of its second annual Arts Together Awards, which recognize individuals, organizations and businesses in the community that strive to make the arts a part of everyone’s life. The winners 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 Turner; and Arts Together Faculty Award: Arts Together Preschool Teachers. The winners will be honored during an awards dinner being held in Raleigh on Feb. 28.

Basil Lyberg, executive director of 24 Hours of Booty Inc., was named a finalist in the inaugural Charlotte Chamber Young Professional Awards (“The YPs”). “The YPs” program honors individuals between the ages of 21 and 39 who exemplify excellence in business, leadership and community service. More than 40 nominees were narrowed down to 15 finalists in four categories. For more information, go online.

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance, the official nonprofit organization designated to continue the revitalization downtown Raleigh by enhancing its quality of life and contributing to its economic success, presented two individual achievement awards at its annual meeting. The Distinguished Leadership Award was presented to Frank Daniels Jr., former publisher of the News & Observer. The award honored Daniels as an extraordinary individual whose involvement and contribution to making downtown vibrant have been realized through a lifetime. The Downtown Advocate Award was presented to David Eatman, Transit Administrator, City of Raleigh. The award recognizes Eatman’s outstanding advocacy and commitment which positively impacted downtown in 2012.

Seven Triangle area companies have been honored with United Way of North Carolina’s “Spirit of North Carolina” awards presented at the statewide annual meeting.  The awards program provides statewide recognition for exceptional commitment and support to communities through local United Way involvement. Honorees include: Syngenta, The Redwoods Group, Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rex Healthcare, Weatherby Healthcare, RTI International, Nordstrom Rack Renaissance Center. The Spirit Awards were developed to recognize companies and their employees that demonstrate United Way campaign excellence and community commitment.  The Spirit Committee judged 70 outstanding submissions from top companies, organizations, governmental entities, healthcare and educational institutions, as well as businesses – large and small.

Elected officials, business executives and philanthropic leaders from across eastern North Carolina are returning to the classroom Feb. 19 through Mar. 1 to celebrate Teach For America Week. Each year, the event invites community leaders to serve as guest teachers, engaging and inspiring students with lessons informed by their personal and professional experience. Among this year’s confirmed participants are Sen. Angela Bryant and former Rep. James Crawford, as well as executives from Bank of America, Burt’s Bees Incorporated, Fidelity Investments, and the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. Teach For America Week engages community influencers and business leaders in the organization’s mission to help ensure educational excellence and equity.

News about opportunities, initiatives

David Rockefeller Jr., director and former chairman of Rockefeller & Company, will present “Giving by Doing” at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 as part of the Foundation Impact Research Group’s spring 2013 series. RSVP to mary.grimm@duke.edu.

Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham a new children’s museum that will offer a world of creative play and educational opportunities officially opens to the public at 9 a.m. Feb. 23. The museum offers developmentally-appropriate activities for children ages birth -10 with activities intended to develop cognitive, motor, language, social and critical thinking skills. As a community-based organization, the museum features connections to the culture and heritage of the Sandhills including an emphasis on farming and agriculture. For more information, visit rockingham.discoveryplacekids.org.

The YWCA of Winston-Salem is hosting the Children’s Fund Founders Lunch at noon Feb. 28 at the YWCA Best Choice Center. This fund founded in honor of Virginia Newell and Drewry Nostitz, two of the most remarkable children’s advocates in the nation, supports the needs of the children at the YWCA Best Choice Center that they do not have the financial resources to provide.  Contributors taking part in the first year of this event will be listed as Founding Angels. For more information contact Jeff McPherson at (336) 722-5138 ext. 225 or jeffreym@ywcaws.org.

Northern Wake Relay for Life has three remaining team meetings leading up to the 2013 Relay for Life event taking place May 17-18. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in The Mill Room at The Factory, 1839 S. Main St., in Wake Forest. Additional meetings will be held March 26 and April 23 at the same time and location. The 2013 event also recently secured a location on the athletic field behind the Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest. The event begins at 6 p.m. May 17 and concludes at 10 a.m. May 18.

Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)representation and Medicare plan selection services, is supporting the Lupus Foundation of America’s Help Us Solve the Cruel MysteryTM tour, which will be in Raleigh on March 2. Individuals with lupus and their families can attend the free “Lupus: Learning and Living” program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville St.  Register online.

On April 13, the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreationpresent the 2nd Annual Lifestyle 5k Race and Fun Run from 10 a.m. until noon at Southern Community Park.  This year we welcome Fleet Feet Sports of Carrboro as the official race sponsor. Fleet Feet Sports will provide several training opportunities leading up to the race, as well as registration pick up the day before the race, where a percentage of sales will go to support this important cause. A portion of the proceeds will support the Teachers Supply Store and other local and international causes championed by the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club. 

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