06.05.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Duke Endowment has committed $5.74 million to Duke Divinity School to extend the work of its Clergy Health Initiative, an effort to study and improve the health and well-being of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. The endowment has also committed $5 million to the Duke University School of Law to support the operations of its Center for Judicial Studies.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is partnering with the North Carolina Council of Churches to provide equipment for 20 faith-based organizations to bring healthier food to their members and communities. More than $90,000 in equipment grants is being used to provide canning and cooking supplies, expand church community gardens, and increase storage for fresh produce at a food pantry among other initiatives.

Thirty-four Wake County public school teachers will be awarded a total of $75,000 in classroom grants for the coming year as a result of local business investments in Wake Education Partnership. The grants are focused on the arts, dental health, early childhood literacy, math, life science, health and nutrition, and autism education. A complete list of recipients can be found online.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina received a grant of $30,000 from the Nationwide Insurance Foundation. The food bank is receiving the funds as a part of a $1.25 million donation being made to the national office of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and 19 of its member food banks in communities where Nationwide associates live and work.

The Lucy Daniels Center announced fundraising and attendance totals for Bookmarked! 2013, the fourth annual celebration of its Lucy’s Book Club community outreach initiative. The support of major sponsors Time Warner Cable, BB&T, CapTrust, and Duke Energy helped raise more than $8,500 to support center programs. More than 200 parents and children attended the May 4 festival.

Soroptimist International of Raleigh donated 300 flash drives valued at $1,500 to Dress for Success Triangle. The flash drives will be given to Wake County clients who are seeking employment. Each flash drive contains information and resource links to assist clients in their job search and provides them with an easy way to store, maintain and update their resumes.

Two medical residents have been awarded scholarships honoring Dr. Charles A. Sanders, chairman emeritus at Project HOPE. Recipients are pediatrician Dr. April Edwards, first year resident physician at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and primary care specialist Dr. Megan Rau, first year resident physician at Wake Forest University. The scholarships are funded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and administered by Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization. The scholarships will allow Edwards and Rau to address health care challenges in India and the Dominican Republic.

News about people, groups

Corporate Chaplains of America announced that founder and CEO Mark Cress will step down at the end of 2013. Following his departure, Cress will remain on the board of directors as chairman and intends to continue to be active in the workplace ministry movement.

James Moeser, chancellor emeritus and professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Aug. 1.  Moeser, who led UNC-Chapel Hill from 2000-08, will succeed John Mauceri, who last fall announced that he would step down as chancellor June 30.

Safe Alliance has named Kathy Bolster Gauger as director of residential services with the agency, responsible for managing operations and the strategic direction of the new Clyde and Ethel Domestic Violence Shelter. Gauger has a background in shelter operations and working with people in crisis.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) welcomed Chancellor Debra Saunders-White on Monday. Saunders-White is the first woman appointed to the permanent position of chancellor at NCCU and the second female chancellor to serve at any of the UNC system’s five historically black universities.

Kristin Mart has joined the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter as a patient services manager. Mart will provide one-on-one support to individuals affected by lupus to help them navigate through life with a chronic illness, healthcare, and disability systems.

Five Wake County business leaders were selected to serve as members of Wake Education Partnership‘s board of directors. Those selected for the three-year appointments are: Jeffrey Bane, national dean of The Chef’s Academy; Angela Hampton, community affairs specialist at ABC 11; Doug Hornberger, managing director, Raleigh Complex, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Dana Yeganian, lead for Capstrat’s client services team. Rob Buhler, president of MMI Public Relations, was selected to fill the remaining term of MMI CEO Patty Briguglio through June 2014.

The Women’s Impact Fund voted in the new slate of directors for the 2013-2014 year at its annual meeting May 14. A full list of the board’s directors can be found online.

Three Winston-Salem nonprofit organizations have teamed up to launch a fundraising campaign to aid victims of child abuse. Family Services Inc., The Children’s Law Center and Exchange/SCAN  are working together to raise funds to mitigate the loss of nearly $250,000 in state funding. The community is encouraged to find out more information or to make a donation by going to www.helpingourkids.org or text Family to 56512. Donations can also be mailed to Family Services, 1200 S. Broad St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101. Donations are tax deductible and will benefit all three agencies.

DHIC Inc. will celebrate the opening of the DHIC Homeownership Center and Community Classroom, located at 450 E. Davie St., Raleigh, Friday, June 7. The center will be the new home to DHIC’s monthly homebuyer education workshops and one-on-one counseling services for residents pursuing first-time homeownership, mortgage readiness, or alternatives to foreclosure.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The fourth annual Tour de Yadkin, hosted by Yadkin Riverkeeper and sponsored by REI, will be held from June 9-29 throughout the river area. There are more than 15 paddle events, including the June 22 Paddle-a-Thon fundraiser. The registration fee for the Paddle-a-Thon is $75 and includes prizes, a t-shirt, and a post-paddle party. For more information or to register, visit http://yadkinriverkeeper.org/events.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle is joining forces with Sparians and Tyler’s Tap Room for Bikes, Burgers & Bowling (B3), a community event to be held Sunday, June 9. Cyclists will meet at Sparians, join a group ride and bike along the Raleigh Greenway to Tyler’s Tap Room, located at 18 Seaboard Ave., and eat a burger. Cyclists then group ride back to Sparians for festival attractions. The registration fee, which includes the cost of burgers and bowling, is $20 per person and $45 per family. Volunteers also are needed for the event. Participants and volunteers can preregister at www.BBBSTriangle.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is partnering with jcpenney in June for the retailer’s charitable giving program, jcp cares. With customer approval, stores across North Carolina will round up purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to the organization.  In addition, jcpenney will donate $1 for every $50 gift card sold in June, up to $50,000.

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