03.06.13: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Mission Foundation and Clear Channel radio station 99.9 KISS Country (WKSF-FM) announced the fifth annual KISS Country Cares for Kids Radiothon raised more than $206,000.  Radio personalities Sharon Green and Eddie Foxx took to the airwaves for 27 hours during the  Feb. 22-23 event at the Reuter Family YMCA at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.

The seventh annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala, presented by the Dickerson Family Trust, raised $62,000 to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC). More than 220 people attended the Feb. 23 event at the Extravaganza Depot in Charlotte.

On Feb. 24, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Parish presented a $12,000 check to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. This gift was from the proceeds of the 2012 Greek Festival. Rick Beech of Habitat Wake County accepted the gift from Harry Costa, festival chairman, and Mark Langford, Parish president.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Wake Technical Community College have partnered to help Read and Feed, a nonprofit child literacy organization. Through the partnership, WakeMed donated $10,000 as well as contributed volunteer time, and WakeTech has agreed to provide additional student volunteer hours. The donations will allow Read and Feed to continue to expand within Wake County.

News about people, groups

Wake Education Partnership and the Wake County Public School System are jointly producing the performing arts extravaganza, Pieces of Gold, on March 13 at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh. More than 800 students will take the stage from 28 Wake County public schools to entertain a sold out audience for the 30th anniversary performance. Art work from 80 student artists also will be on display in the lobby. Pieces of Gold is both a celebration and a showcase of exemplary artistic talent by students throughout the Wake County Public School System.

The YWCA of Asheville released its annual report for fiscal year 2011-12. The report includes a chart showing how it invested the resources provided by donors, sponsors and members, and features several personal stories of hope, accomplishment and success.

The Greensboro Housing Coalition has adopted the innovative energy savings program, Pete Street, to provide more opportunities for Greensboro residents and neighborhoods to save money and energy in their homes and daily lives. Pete Street supports the multiple goals of reducing energy consumption, limiting carbon emissions, saving residents’ money and making homes more comfortable – while providing access to energy education for every resident, regardless of walk of life, home ownership status or income.

The UNC School of Government has launched an online Masters in Public Administration program titled MPA@UNC. Information on the webinars can be found online.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Family Service of the Piedmont’s Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) is participating in the North Carolina Attorney General’s initiative under the National Mortgage Settlement to assist borrowers who are facing foreclosure. The agency was one of 47 that will share $13 million of settlement funds, strengthening their capacity to offer free help to home buyers and owners, especially those facing foreclosure. The funding awards are managed by the N.C. Housing Finance Agency. For more information or to make an appointment with a counselor, homeowners should call 336.373.8882 or go online.

The Sawtooth School for Visual Art will present Art For Kid’s Sake, a panel discussion on the important role nonprofits such as Sawtooth play in visual arts education. The discussion will be held at 3 p.m. March 22 at Salem College Fine Arts Center and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 336-723-7395.

The County Cares Campaign for Durham County Government has extended its application submittal deadline to 5 p.m. March 29 for the 2014 funding source for nonprofit organizations.  Visit the County Cares Application Page on Durham County Government’s webpage for more information and to apply for this funding opportunity.

Ray Price Harley-Davidson is hosting its annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off on March 16 supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation /Ride for Kids. For a $5 donation, participants get all-you-can-eat access to numerous versions of Brunswick stew. The event begins at 9 a.m. with a blood drive and live music starting at 11 a.m. Judging and serving begins at 12 p.m. with customers and celebrity judges casting their ballots. Tasting participants who wear green get the opportunity to win great prizes by taking a spin at the Ray Price “Nitro Prize Wheel” in the dealership. Top prize is a $250 gift certificate. Learn more at www.rayprice-hd.com.

Bethlehem Center of Charlotte announced its annual “Laughs, Lunch & Lasting Legacies” luncheon event from 12-1:15 p.m. April 24 at Charlotte’s Ritz Carlton Hotel. Along with a gourmet lunch, the program includes a short and tasteful comedy act, followed by this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Monteic Sizer, founder and president of the Judah Lion Group and Strategies International – a public policy, political consulting and strategy development firm. Corporate sponsorships, tables and individual tickets are available by contacting Basil Williams at 704-371-7415 or bwilliams@bethlehemcenter.org.

Children First/Communities In Schools is hosting its second annual “Are You Smarter Than an Elementary Student?” fundraising event, sponsored by Mission Healthcare Foundation from 6-8 p.m. April 25 at the A-B Tech Ferguson Auditorium in Asheville. Tickets to attend the event are $5; registration for a team of three is $300. For more information, visit www.childrenfirstbc.org or contact Adrienne Ammerman at 828-259-9717 or AdrienneA@childrenfirstbc.org.

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is recruiting for the 29th class of Leadership Raleigh. This distinguished program connects and engages rising leaders and prepares them to meet the needs of the community. The chamber is hosting two free information sessions on March 14 and April 24. For information and an application, visit www.leadershipraleigh.org or contact Greg McNamara at 919-664-7082 or gmcnamara@raleighchamber.org. The deadline to apply is May 31.

The Charlotte, Triangle and Triad Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals announce the ninth Annual N.C. Philanthropy Conference on August 16in Concord. More than 28 industry leaders will present dynamic, interactive breakout sessions. Speaker applications are available at www.ncphilanthropyconference.org. The application submission deadline is 5 p.m. April 5.

The Junior League of Raleigh and Belk are teaming up again for the second annual Fashion Forward, a benefit celebrating the season’s must-have trends at 6 p.m. March 10 at Belk Crabtree Valley Mall. The event will feature a runway fashion show at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while shopping before and after the fashion show. There will also be a special appearance by renowned 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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