07.10.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts Marbles guests celebrate Duke Energy’s donation with (from left ) Rebecca Payne; Stick Williams, president of Duke Energy Foundation; and Sally Edwards, president of Marbles Kids Museum.

Marbles Kids Museum received a $200,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The grant will be used to build a STEM Circuit Learning Center at Marbles and to provide free field trips for several elementary schools from Bladen, Duplin, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Pitt, Sampson, Vance, Warren and Wilson counties.

Food Lion will make a produce donation valued at a retail cost of $6,000 to a The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina throughout July and August. The donation will feed about 200 individuals.

A ribbon cutting and open house took place in Newport to celebrate the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House (CCHH). The house is the first inpatient hospice facility to serve the North Carolina five-county area of Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow and Pamlico. The SECU Foundation provided a $1 million grant in 2012 to the CCHH campaign to assist with the construction of the 10-suite palliative care facility.

News about people, groups

Miraclefeet of Carrboro, which provides aid for children living with untreated clubfoot in developing countries, announced that Richard Hoffman has been hired as its director of programs.

The Charlotte-based Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has hired James Jeter as developer for the York, Chester and Lancaster county areas of South Carolina. Jeter will be responsible for managing relationships with businesses, high schools, colleges and the faith-based community to help increase blood donations through sponsored blood drives.

Tim Gasper, a solutions engineer with Brady, has accepted a position on the North Carolina Solar Center Advisory Council.

Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art announced the re-branding of the organization under the name of Greenhill. As part of the re-branding, a new logo and new website have both been launched.

The North Carolina Council on Economic Education has moved. The new address is 809 Spring Forest Road, Suite 900, Raleigh, N.C. 27609.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Triad and Triangle chapters, are accepting nominations for their National Philanthropy Day awards. Award categories and nomination forms can be found online for the Triad chapter, which are due by July 31, and the Triangle chapter, which are due by Aug. 5.

Two Men and a Truck is teaming up with Five Guys restaurants and the Durham Bulls to “Stuff the Truck” with donations for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Canned and packaged food along with personal hygiene items can be dropped off at the moving truck located outside the Durham Bulls entrance gates from 5:30 p.m. through the first inning Friday, July 12.

Ray Price Harley-Davidson will host an all-you-can-eat “Buffalo Wing Cook-Off” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at 1126 S. Saunders St., Raleigh. For a $5 donation, participants get all-you-can-eat Buffalo wings prepared by up to 12 local chefs. All proceeds benefit the Duke Children’s Miracle Network and All-Star Ride for Life.

The Crop Hop, a summer square dance benefit presented by RAFI-USA, will take place Aug. 8 at the Barn at Fearrington Village, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. The event features a short film screening, square dancing and live music, live and silent auctions, desserts and a cash bar. All of the proceeds benefit the farm sustainability program. Tickets are available online.

The Doing Good Network announced its Bands4Good Challenge, a virtual music video competition that will provide aspiring musicians with an opportunity to raise funds for participating nonprofit organizations. Contestants will write and record original songs with cause-based lyrics and video and generate donations for nonprofit participants through their fans’ votes. The contest will culminate in the Final Four Grand Finale live concert event at the Garner Performing Arts Center to determine the winner on Nov. 16. For details, visit www.bandsforgood.com.

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