03.13.13: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded 87 grants totaling $33,838,024 in 2012.
Grants were awarded to support a diverse set of projects in programmatic areas
including agriculture, workforce training, job creation and retention, rural
healthcare, scholarships, and educational initiatives. Go online
to view Golden LEAF grant awards.

The North
Carolina Healthy Start Foundation
has received a $10,164
capacity building grant from the John
Rex Endowment
to undertake a comprehensive
organizational assessment and set organizational priorities in the next six

Assistance Ministry
Mecklenburg County’s homeless prevention agency providing basic needs to
impoverished families, announced a donor challenge of $250,000 from a group of
five community leaders committed to leading families out of crisis.
Margaret and Randy Bigger, Paul Franz, Carol and Joe Gigler, Laura and Mike
Grace, and Dick and Connie Keffer came together to match dollar-for-dollar all
gifts received through April 11.

Randy Romeo, board chair of the
Community Foundation of Henderson County, presented a check to the mayor and city
council members for the City of Hendersonville to support Main Street enhancements.
The foundation’s general community fund, matched with an award by the Perry N
Rudnick Endowment, have each contributed $10,000 toward this effort. The fund
will remain open through the end of June for any additional contributions.

News about people, groups

The StepUp Ministry board of directors has hired Richard
Hurley as its new executive director. Hurley will replace Sheron K. Sumner, who
led the initiative to bring the StepUp Ministry’s best practice model to
Greensboro and grow its programs. Sumner has served as the volunteer executive
director since the program’s inception in the summer of 2011.

The Raleigh Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) office
has appointed Cathy Sanita as executive director. Sanita’s operations and
leadership experience along with her involvement with the American Heart
Association’s Go Red for Women program will bring new energy that will enhance
MDA’s mission in the Raleigh district.

Linden , president of the Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian
, has been named
an E.A.
Morris Fellow
The program accepts only
15 fellows each year across North Carolina. It encourages committed, diverse,
and principled North Carolinians to pursue greater leadership roles within
their professions and communities.

The Community
Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC)
recently hosted its 10th anniversary
celebration and awards banquet, where it honored its top blood drive donors and
sponsors from 2012. More than 35
organizations and individual donors were recognized for collecting blood and
platelet donations and supporting CBCC.

The Raleigh chapter
of Ducks Unlimited (DU) earned a spot in the President’s Top 100, one of the
most highly sought-after titles of recognition DU offers to chapters throughout
the nation. The list is comprised of the Top 100 fundraising chapters in the
United States. Through the efforts of volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue
its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Socialize and
strategize with Strike Debt Raleigh at 8 p.m. March 14 at Five Star
Restaurant in Raleigh for a celebration kicking off the Not A Loan Education Lottery, a free-to-enter raffle dedicating 100
percent of funds raised to the process of buying and abolishing student loan
debt. Strike Debt Raleigh believes that all people deserve the opportunity to
attend college without graduating into a lifetime of debt. Donations
will be accepted and are appreciated, but are not required to attend the
kickoff event.

The Hope for Haiti Foundation is
hosting Rally for
, an event to raise funds for the foundation. The event will be located
at RallyPoint Sports Grill in Cary beginning at 7 p.m. March 15 and will
feature live music by Band of Brothers, a cornhole tournament, cigar bus,
raffle and silent auction.

Price Harley-Davidson
 will host its annual
Easter Basket
Ride on March 30. Throughout the month of March, local residents are invited to
drop off Easter baskets at the dealership, or stop in to make a monetary
donation. The goal is to gather 400 Easter baskets to share with low-resource
youth in the community in cooperation with Radiant Church.

The N.C.
Department of Cultural Resources
is accepting nominations for the 2013 North Carolina
Awards.  Created in 1961 by the General Assembly, the awards recognize
significant contributions in the fields of fine arts, literature, public service,
and science. The nomination deadline is April 15 and the nomination form can be
found online.

Knights Stadium, home of the
Charlotte Knights since 1990, is set to become a “bully-free” zone during the
upcoming 2013. In partnership with the Foundation for
Respect Ability
, the anti-bullying program will focus on educating kids, teachers, and
parents on the importance of living a bully-free life. The program will feature
two 11:15 a.m. games during the month of April focused on education days for
the surrounding school districts of North and South Carolina. The events, which
are free and open to the public, will feature interactive concourse displays, a
pre-game concert and in-game trivia/PSA’s during the game.

Team Reeb and Team
 are joining forces to host a charity bike event that will
support 24
Hours of Booty Inc.
 The inaugural Char-Heel Classic will take place on May 11 at TrySports SouthPark 721 Governor
Morrison St., Charlotte. The event offers 41-mile and 22-mile routes and a
5-mile Family Ride that start and end at TrySports SouthPark and weave through
some of Charlotte’s most scenic areas. For more information and to register,
visit www.charheel.com.

League of Conservation Voters
(NCLCV )announced
that John Campbell, WasteZero board chair, will be the keynote speaker for its
annual Green
Tie Awards
dinner Campbell will speak about his experience of working at the
intersection of the environment, business
and public policy. He will reinforce NCLCV’s belief that a sound environment, a strong economy and healthy communities should and can coexist. The Green Tie Awards recognize and honor state legislators
and leaders who work to protect North
Carolina’s remarkable natural resources and quality of life.


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