06.12.13: N.C. News Bits

Raeford and Hoke County teachers and communityofficials join SECU and SECU Foundation representatives at the ribbon cutting for the Echo Ridge Teacher Housing Complex.
Raeford and Hoke County teachers and communityofficials join SECU and SECU Foundation representatives at the ribbon cutting for the Echo Ridge Teacher Housing Complex.

News about grants, gifts

The Independent College Fund of North Carolina has completed its 2012-13 annual campaign with gifts totaling more than $2.5 million, making it the most successful year in its history. These funds will be used to sponsor student scholarships and enrichment programs at independent colleges and universities across North Carolina.

Alexander Youth Network celebrated its 125th anniversary in May by raising more than $530,000 for its basic operating fund, furthering its mission to provide treatment to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems.  For more information, including an anniversary photo slideshow and written history, visit https://www.alexanderyouthnetwork.org/125th-anniversary-legacy.

A Child’s Place raised more than $255,000 to benefit homeless children in Mecklenburg County at its sixth annual fundraising gala, A Swine Evening, on June 1.

Lincoln Financial Group announced that Junior Achievement has won the company’s Charitable Vote campaign, which provides a $10,000 award based a three-month social media campaign in which Facebook fans chose the national nonprofit group they felt best represents Abraham Lincoln’s ideals of freedom and opportunity through education. The award will be divided equally among Junior Achievement’s chapters in Omaha, Neb., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Greensboro, N.C.

News about people, groups

The Duke Endowment released its annual report, Ideas to Impact, which looks back on the 2012 activities of the endowment.

Audubon North Carolina announced its 2013 award winners during its annual meeting, held May 31-June 2. Recipients were honored as outstanding stewards of bird conservation throughout the state, and for furthering the mission of Audubon. Honorees include: Bird Lore Conservation Education Award, John Connors; T. Gilbert Pearson Award, Bon Parker; Honorary Warden – Mark Johns, and Volunteer of the Year, Kim Brand.

SECU Foundation representatives, State Employees’ Credit Union staff  and other community officials celebrated the ribbon cutting of Echo Ridge Teacher Housing Complex in Raeford, N.C. The SECU Foundation provided interest-free loan funding for Echo Ridge through a partnership with the Partners for Hoke County Public Schools Education Foundation.  The complex will serve as a recruitment and retention incentive for the Hoke County School system by providing safe, convenient and affordable housing for new and current teachers.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar  are joining together to raise money for cancer research. The restaurant will open this summer adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel Downtown Raleigh and will donate 2.5 percent of its revenue to fund cancer research.  A grand opening will be held in July at the restaurant’s location of 420 Fayetteville St.  For more information, visit www.jimmyvsraleigh.com.

News about opportunities, initiatives

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration this fall, Wake Education Partnership will create a Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame to honor former students or employees who have served the district. Nominations are being accepted through Saturday, June 15, and can be submitted by sending an email to tsimmons@wakeedpartnership.org.

Triad AFP Chapter is now accepting nominations to recognize outstanding achievement by individuals, businesses, and civic groups for its National Philanthropy Day (NPD), which will be observed on Nov. 25. Nomination forms can be found online and are due by July 31. Contact 2013 NPD Chairman, Clare Jordan, with questions at cjordan@capdev.com.

The 52 Week Food Drive, a campaign by Urban Ministries of Wake County to feed more of the 90,000 Wake County residents living in poverty, is stabilizing food supplies by identifying donors for each of the 52 weeks in a year.  Twenty-six donors have “adopted” the Urban Ministries Food Pantry for one week; donors are needed for the remaining half of the year.  Urban Ministries is searching for sponsors to adopt the Food Pantry for the remaining 26 weeks. For more information on the 52 Week Food Drive, contact Carol Schwartz at 919-256-2179 or cschwartz@urbanmin.org.

Triangle Family Services will host its first Cupcake 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sept. 14. Participants will walk to raise funds for more than 5,000 families in crisis. To register, visit www.tfsnc.org/events/walkrun.

The National Early College Conference, co-hosted by Jobs for The Future and NC New Schools, will convene more than 500 early college leaders, school administrators and higher education partners  to learn how early college designs can prepare students for college and careers. All educators, administrators, policymakers and thought leaders are invited to attend the conference, to be held Oct. 29-30. For more information and to register, visit http://earlycollegeconference.org.

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