05.29.13: N.C. News Bits

Ginny Raviotta (L), director of Women’s and Children’s services at Mission Health and Lauri Nichols (R), event coordinator, hold the $50,000 check from Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports. (Photo credit: Sheila Jarvis/Mission Foundation)
Ginny Raviotta (L), director of Women’s and Children’s services at Mission Health and Lauri Nichols (R), event coordinator, hold the $50,000 check from Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports. (Photo credit: Sheila Jarvis/Mission Foundation)

News about grants, gifts 

Mission Foundation raised $50,000 at the inaugural Friends of Mission Charity Classic professional golf tournament to benefit Mission Health’s Women’s Health Services through outreach initiatives and enhanced services.

News about people, groups

The A.J. Fletcher Foundation, which helps people and organizations recognize and solve social and community problems, released its first “Year in Review.” The online project looks back on the 2012 activities of the foundation. Visit A-Year-in-Review_2012-1.pdf to view the report.

From 8-11 p.m. Thursday, WRAL in Raleigh will air a primetime telethon to raise money for Oklahoma tornado relief, accompanied by a presentation of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! The telethon will be commercial free and WRAL meteorologists and news anchors will be asking for donations during the breaks. All donations will go to assist tornado victims through the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

Joey Powell has joined Me Fine Foundation Inc. as executive director. The foundation provides necessary resources and financial assistance to parents and caregivers with children being treated at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

Hospice of Wake County has hired Dr. Stephen Marsh as a hospice and palliative care physician. Marsh will provide the medical component for the hospice and palliative care programs and serve as attending physician.

Miraclefeet, a nonprofit that helps treat children born with clubfoot around the world, has been honored with 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, a provider of online user reviews about nonprofit organizations. While the awards run through the end of October, miraclefeet was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year.

The Junior League of Raleigh was recognized with the Leadership Development Award by the Association of Junior Leagues International at its 2013 annual conference. The award recognized the league’s Capital Leadership Initiative, a program that trains volunteers to be effective and skilled leaders in their communities, private lives and careers.

Today, a Bike & Build, a team that organizes cross-country bicycle trips which benefit affordable housing groups riding from the East coast to the West coast will help build at Asheville Area Habitat’s newest construction site. Asheville Area Habitat will receive volunteer hours as well as a $2,500 Bike & Build grant. Volunteers will also work with Mountain Housing Opportunities while in Asheville.

Charlotte has been selected as the site of the seventh annual Huntington Study Group Clinical Research Symposium, to be held Nov. 7-9. The event will feature reports on the latest research on Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain disorder that affects control of movement, thought and behavior. The symposium will include workshops, networking opportunities, continuing education, and training programs. For more information, visit www.huntington-study-group.org.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The deadline for nonprofits to apply for the next round of Community Foundation of Henderson County’s competitive general grants is 5 p.m., Monday, June 3.  Grants are awarded to 501(c)3 organizations that operate programs in Henderson County or that operate programs for the benefit of the residents of Henderson County. More details about the application process can be found at www.CFHCforever.org under the “Grants and Scholarships” tab in the navigation bar or by contacting Kathryn McConnell, vice president of community philanthropy, at 828-697-6224 or kmcconnell@CFHCforever.org.

StepUp Ministry Greensboro is hosting its first Impact Luncheon and fundraising event at 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 5.  The event will be held at First Baptist Church. located at 1000 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro.  The luncheon will celebrate the success of the nonprofit’s work to prepare unemployed adults who need a second chance and are ready, willing and able to work for jobs.

The Raleigh Chamber will host its annual Education Forum on June 6.  The program will explore the current talent development pipeline, as well as the engagement needed from business leaders to ensure the pipeline’s long-term success. The program takes place from 8-10 a.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. Registration is $30 per attendee, and breakfast is included. Click here to register or learn more.

Nominations are being accepted for the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award, presented each year by the Community Foundation of Henderson County to honor a local philanthropist who makes a difference in its community. Nomination forms are available at the foundation’s office, located at 401 North Main Street, Suite 300, Hendersonville, or on its website. Nominations are due by June 7. The foundation will make a $1,500 grant to the charity of the recipient’s choice.

Triangle North Healthcare Foundation has launched a grantmaking program that provides funding to nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, or schools that have a focus on chronic disease prevention, reproductive health, nutrition and physical fitness, mental health and substance abuse, or success in school as it relates to health and wellness. Interested organizations should submit a letter of interest, via the form provided on the Foundation’s website, www.tnhfoundation.org/. The foundation’s board will review submitted letters and invite selected organizations to submit a grant application.   Letters of interest are due on or before June 14.  

The 20th annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic is scheduled for Aug. 23 -25 at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh and volunteers are needed. Applications can either be submitted online or through the mail. For information, call 919-369-9061. Volunteers can sign up online at www.golfclassic.org or by sending an application to: 130 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 102, Cary, N.C. 27511. 

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