03.27.13: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth announced a $200,000 sponsorship of Y Achievers, a YMCA of Greater Charlotte program that operates in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Y Achievers is a national YMCA program that helps youth succeed in school through character and leadership development, career and college preparation, and academic enrichment.

A private donor has given $100,000 to the Partnership to Build a Miracle of Johnston County.  The partnership is committed to raising $1.5 million to build a Miracle League Baseball field and special needs park in Johnston County. This complex will allow the more than 4,000 special needs children in Johnston County as well as surrounding areas to play without having to worry about accessibility.

More than 600 people came together support grieving and medically fragile children by attending the sixth annual Corks for Kids Path, which generated more than $100,000 for Kids Path services, a program offered by Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Technical Community College
has been awarded a Health Science Boot Camp to Increase Diversity grant
for $5,000 by the State Board of Community Colleges. This award provides
funds to three community colleges to host a summer health boot camp targeted to
middle or high school students from underserved populations. The camp will
serve 24 at-risk high school students during the weeklong summer camp.

More than 250 people attended the Ray Price Harley-Davidson Brunswick Stew Cook-Off event March 16, which raised $2,180 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Stearns and Foster, the mattress brand under Sealy Inc., donated 375 new mattresses to The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point as part of its annual Gift of Sleep program. The gift to the Triad is part of larger $1 million donation to provide mattresses to Salvation Army residential shelters across the country. Each Triad Salvation Army received 125 new mattresses.

The Days Inn Southeast Regional Alliance, a cooperative comprised of franchisees from 235 Days Inn hotels throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, in association with Starlight Children’s Foundation, donated a starlight fun center, featuring a Nintendo Wii, DVD player and an LCD TV, to Duke Children’s Hospital. The center will offer a fun distraction to children undergoing treatments.

News about people, groups

The Durham Rescue Mission will host its annual Easter community dinner Friday. More than 750 donated Easter baskets will be distributed to at-risk children and free food bags will be given to adults.

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) hosted the seventh annual Justice for All Luncheon on March 19 with keynote speaker N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper. Close to 400 attendees participated in the event, which stressed the importance of serving low-income families and individuals whose basic human rights were threatened by their inability to pay for legal representation in civil legal matters.

The board of trustees of Mission Foundation elected John D. Kimberly as chairman of the 28-member foundation board that helps to underwrite projects and programs for Mission Hospital. Kimberly is the CEO of Forest Commercial Bank and serves as a director for the North Carolina Bankers Association, the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and the University of North Carolina Asheville Foundation.  He is also a trustee for North Carolina Baptist Hospital.

United Way of the Cape Fear Area appointed two director-level positions to the resource development team.  Kimberly Boyce accepted the position of director of annual and planned giving and Emily Watkins has been promoted to director of corporate development.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte concluded its nationwide search for its new artistic director, naming Adam Burke to the position. Burke was chosen from among 100 applicants from 30 states and Canada. Burke has been an assistant professor at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio for the last five years and is also the artistic director of the Scioto Society of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Share the Harvest is a nonprofit group that is creating pathways to connect gardeners with local service organizations to help families overcome food insecurity. Gardeners can drop off their fresh produce at established sites across Guilford County. The produce will be collected by local organizations and delivered to the Interactive Resource Center in Greensboro where produce will be sorted. Produce will then be distributed to local food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens across the county. Information about drop off locations can be found online.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Orange County Arts Commission announced a May 22 deadline for receipt of grant applications for its spring grant cycle. Arts grants are available to nonprofit organizations, schools and individual artists. The commission will hold a free grant-writing workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. April 2 in the Community Room at Orange County Water and Sewer Authority in Carrboro. To register or for more information about grants or the Arts Commission, email arts@orangecountync.gov or call 919-968-2011.

Foundation Impact Research Group of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy will present Thomas J. Tierney, chairman and co-founder of The Bridgespan Group., at 4:30 p.m. April 3 in the Rhodes Conference room of the Sanford building in Durham. RSVP to mary.grimm@duke.edu.

Urban Ministry’s spring grocery store food drive will take place April 5-6 at Greensboro Lowes Food Stores, Food Lion Stores, Harris Teeter, Bestway, and Whole Foods. Leadership Greensboro Seniors organized this food drive to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry. Volunteers from more than 50 congregations in the city are collecting food at participating grocery stores and other locations throughout Greensboro.

The Junior League of Raleigh (JLR) will host its Women in Leadership Breakfast featuring City of Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown at 8 a.m. April 9, at the Center for Community Leadership. The event, which is free and open to the publicis organized by the League’s Government Relations and Public Affairs (GRAPA) team. It  seeks to engage members in the political process as well as educate the League’s members about policy issues directly affecting JLR.

Cary Family Dental will hold its second annual Dentistry From The Heart event April 13 at its office located at 1149 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. Last year, more than 150 adults received free dental care in this daylong event. Dr. Allan Acton and a team of dental professionals will provide free extractions, fillings or cleanings. Hygienists, dental assistants and other dental professionals will also be donating their time and resources in order to provide free dental care to as many people as possible.

Keep NC Beautiful and PepsiCo’s Unusual Litter Contest is open to all who participate in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s spring Litter Sweep which runs April 13-21 or a similar litter cleanup event. Winning entries are awarded first place cash prize of $250, second place $100 and third place $50. To enter, find unusual litter during a litter pickup, take a picture of it and complete the entry form. All entry forms are due by May 31 and can be downloaded at www.keepncbeautiful.org.

Registrations are open for the 2013 YWCA Stand Against Racism, which takes place in late April. Stand Against Racism is a program of the YWCA aimed at raising awareness that racism still exists in communities. Any organization or group of individuals can become a participating site by signing up at www.ywcastand.org.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation is currently accepting applications from eligible nonprofit organizations for its 2013 Children and Youth Grants program. Grants will be awarded to projects and programs that support the children and youth of Mecklenburg County. The 2013 grant cycle will be conducted through an online application process, which requires an initial step of registering on the Foundation for the Carolinas website. Registration should be completed by April 19. For more information about the guidelines, register and begin the application process, grant seekers should visit www.fftc.org/CMCFChildrenandYouth.

24 Hours of Booty Inc. will be the beneficiary of the inaugural Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dash in Charlotte. The 4.8-mile race will take place at 7:30 a.m. May 11. Registration is available online. Proceeds from the event will support the 24 Hours of Booty charity cycling event to fight cancer.

HopeLine will host its third annual “Skate4Life” event honoring local teens and young adults who have lost their lives to suicide. The event will begin at 11 a.m. May 11 at Marsh Creek Skate Park in Raleigh and will feature graffiti artists, raffle prizes, food, activities for kids, vendors, and more. Admission is free to the public. The cost of registration to skate is $10 and will include a raffle ticket and t-shirt. For more information, visit www.hopeline-nc.org.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Guilford County Center and Northeast Park in Gibsonville will host a free Youth Outdoor Awareness Day from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 18. The event will feature food, archery, disk golf, fun safety, fishing, cooking, beekeeping, and free afternoon admission to Putt-Putt and Carousel. Children ages seven to 17 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Michael Magness at 336-641-2070.

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