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04.10.13 NC News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina announced that A Wireless, a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer, has granted the wishes of two Pitt County children by sending them to Disney World.  The company held several fundraising events and a raffle that helped underwrite the costs of these wishes.

The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation has received a $4,700 mini-grant from the CJ Foundation for SIDS, the leading Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) funding organization in the country. The grant will be used to create and implement an effective, relevant and sustainable program to train health professionals, health educators, childcare providers, hospital staff and others working with parents and caregivers of young children. Once trained, these community leaders will promote and model nationally recommended infant safe sleep practices with the families they serve.

Greensboro-based Insect Shield will make its relief blanket available to those at risk for dangerous insect-borne diseases. World Vision will be incorporating the Insect Shield relief blankets into their Promise Packs for distribution to children living in extreme poverty in Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua. In addition to the Insect Shield Relief Blanket, the World Vision Promise Packs are filled with school supplies and basic personal hygiene items that help children stay in school and stay healthy.

News about people, groups

Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte is hosting its second annual Dodgeball Tournament on Friday with a goal of raising $50,000 to benefit the programs and services of Safe Alliance, a Charlotte nonprofit dedicated to empowering those struggling with domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and emotional trauma. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Sports Connection, 10930 Granite St., Charlotte.

Community Nutrition Partnership (CNP) is hosting a culinary showdown to benefit CNP’s mission to grow healthier communities by increasing access to healthy, local, affordable foods. Participating chefs James Naquin of Guglhupf Bakery, Restaurant and Café; David Wimmers of Saint Jacques French Cuisine; and Vimala Rajendran of Vimala’s Curry Blossom Café .  Tickets, $25 in advance or $30 at the door, can be purchased through http://cnpnc.eventbrite.com/.

Students from Asheville Christian Academy and Christ School raised the first wall of the Habitat Student Build house intended for a local family. Students have raised more than $36,000 to sponsor the house, and those 16 and older will help build it. This is the first house in a neighborhood of 17 Asheville-area Habitat for Humanity homes.

The National Black MBA Association Inc. Raleigh-Durham Chapter will hold its second annual Leaders of Tomorrow Gala from 5-9 p.m. April 20 at the Radisson Hotel-RTP. Proceeds will benefit the Leaders of Tomorrow program, which connects middle and high school students with distinguished professionals who focus on empowering African American students in grades 6 through 12. For information, call 919-946-2085.

House of Mercy will hold its 20th Annual Walk for AIDS Saturday, beginning on the Sisters of Mercy campus in Belmont. All funds donated by participants will benefit low-income persons living with AIDS at House of Mercy. A picnic reception with music will follow the three-mile walk, and Gaston HIV Outreach will offer free and confidential HIV/STD testing at the House of Mercy residence.

United Way of Cumberland County’s Days of Caring is a celebration of community volunteers giving a couple of hours, or a day, to help one another. Volunteers provide helping hands to its non-profit agencies and individuals that need assistance. Registered participants will receive a free 2013 Days of Caring T-shirt. For information, call 910-483-1179.

Women’s Impact Fund will present a Lunch & Learn event featuring Beth Briggs, director of the N.C. Council for Women, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 17 at Byron’s South End. Briggs’ remarks will focus in the status of women in the Charlotte-Metropolitan region. For information, register here or call 704- 707-4292.

SynerVision Foundation will hold a Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Summit from 6-9 p.m. April 22 at New Jerusalem Cathedral, 1822 Sharpe Road in Greensboro. This event is free and open to the community. For more information and to register visit synervisionfoundation.org/summit.

Bethlehem Center of Charlotte invites adult volunteers to participate in “Big Read Day” between 9 a.m. and noon April 16 by reading read one of their favorite children’s books to the 3- and 4-year-old pre-K classes. The event is one of the activities planned during the Week of the Young Child, April 14 – 20, which is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. To participate, contact 704 621-5019 or tgrant@bethlehemcenter.org.

Ron and Jeannette Doggett of Raleigh will receive the 2013 Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Community Service Award to during the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh‘s third annual Celebrate God’s Gifts Gala. The Doggetts have supported such organizations as Catholic Parish Outreach, Habitat for Humanity, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The event will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  April 27 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. To inquire about sponsorships or purchase tickets, call 919-821-8146 or email ccdevelopment@raldioc.org.

Francesca Dominici, Professor of Biostatistics in the Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Dean of Information Technology, will deliver a public lecture at 7 p.m. April 24 at the UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill.  Her talk will be “The Public Health Impact of Air Pollution and Climate Change,” and is sponsored by the Simons Foundation, which advances research in basic science and mathematics.

News about opportunities, initiatives

April 15 is the deadline to apply for the BJH Foundation for Senior Services 2013 grant cycle.  Grants are awarded to non-profit organizations serving Jewish seniors in North and South Carolina. Applications must be postmarked by April 15 or hand delivered to the BJH Foundation office. Grant Applications for qualified organizations are available at www.bjhfoundation.org. Grant recipients will be announced in June 2013.


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