07.17.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The 28th Judicial District Bar of Buncombe County will sponsor a Habitat for Humanity house in Swannanoa.  Members of the bar will raise $55,000 to help pay for the cost of building and will also donate their time to help build the home. The celebratory wall-raising will take place at noon on Friday, July 19, at Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s subdivision in Swannanoa.

North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU) received a $27,500 matching grant from The Council of Independent Colleges and Universities. Funds were matched by NCICU for a total of $55,000 to support projects that enhance private college access and success for low-income, first-generation, minority and new American students.

Benevolence Farm received a $25,000 grant from The Snider Family Charitable Fund. The grant will contribute to the final stages of securing land for housing and operation of the farm.

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has received a $15,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation to enhance economic education as part of its K-12 Filling the Gap=Skills for Success! initiative.

The Raleigh affiliate of the National Christian Foundation (NCF) reported that 450 grants totaling $3 million were dispersed to local, national and international charities during the second quarter of 2013. The Raleigh affiliate’s average grant size totaled $10,000 – with the largest grants going to local churches, student education and global generosity efforts.

The Autism Society of North Carolina received a $3,800 grant from Speedway Children’s Charities to benefit Camp Royall, a camp specifically for residents of North Carolina with autism.

The Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) from Wendell Baptist Church donated nearly 100 handmade pillowcases to WakeMed Children’s Hospital.  The pillowcases are part of WMU’s Project “Pillie,” bringing comfort to boys and girls staying at WakeMed while receiving medical treatment. For more information about Project “Pillie,” contact Sandy Townsend with Wendell Baptist Church at 919-365-4631 or Kathy Montague at 919-365-5395.

News about people, groups

Triangle Land Conservancy has three new staff members: Ben Blankenship, CFO and director of administration; Lisa Rainwater, director of communications and external affairs, and Sandy Sweitzer, director of development.

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust hired Mark Benson to serve as president.

United Way of Greater Greensboro’s constituents voted nine new members onto its board of  directors, including: Marc Adams, vice president and general manager at Ecolab/Kay Chemical; Jason Bohrer, partner at Newbold Advisors; Mike Diamond, senior vice president at BB&T; Mae Douglas, Cox Communication executive (retired) and community leader; Beth Folger, chief academic officer at Guilford County Schools; Mary Margaret Hart, former chair of United Way’s Young Leaders; Jeff Johnson, vice president of Centralized Call Management at American Express; Kent Price, senior vice president of human resources at United Guaranty, and Jim Westmoreland, deputy city manager at City of Greensboro.

Audubon North Carolina (ANC) announced that two North Carolina residents have been honored with awards by the National Audubon Society. ANC Deputy Director and Director of Coasts and Marshes Walker Golder has received the top honor for his conservation efforts on state and federal levels. Former board member and long-time volunteer, Lena Gallitano, has received the 2013 Atlantic Flyway William Dutcher Award for her outstanding leadership on several conservation projects.

Hospice of Wake County announced that Robin Daniel, who works in the end-of-life agency’s Hospice Home, has received an individual education scholarship from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation.

Crisis Control Ministry of Winston-Salem announced its Hope for Tomorrow capital campaign. The $450,000 campaign will renovate the client services areas of the downtown facility to address space, accessibility, and operational efficiency challenges. In addition, a 2,400 square foot warehouse will be built to consolidate the ministry’s food assistance operations.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Supremia Dentistry and Richland Creek Community Church are hosting the North Carolina Baptist Men’s dental bus to provide free dental care to the Triangle community from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, July 19. The bus will be parked at the church on 1711 S. Main St., Wake Forest. and Supremia Dentistry will open its entire office to accommodate additional patients.

The Green Chair Project is hosting a household furnishings donation drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Two locations will accept the donations: The Green Chair Project, located at 1853 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, and St. Thomas More Catholic Church, located at 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. Donations will benefit families affected by the flooding in Chapel Hill. For more information and to view a list of needed items, visit www.thegreenchair.org.

Chris Paul, National Basketball Association star and Winston-Salem native, will be the guest speaker at The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem’s Boys & Girls Club annual fundraising dinner.  The event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Embassy Suites Grand Pavilion Ballroom, located at 460 North Cherry Street in Winston-Salem. Tickets for the event are $100 per person. Event sponsorships are available and begin at $1,000 per table. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 336-723-6366.

Charlotte-based homebuilder Eastwood Homes will host a Charity Golf Tournament Sept. 30  at Raintree Country Club in Charlotte. All proceeds in excess of expenses will be donated to the Levine Children’s Hospital. Eastwood has pledged to raise $100,000 through its fundraising efforts in support of the golf tournament. For registration and sponsorship information, visit www.eastwoodhomes.com/charitygolf or contact Lisa Lenhart at 704-964-9578 or llenhart@eastwoodhomes.com.

Proposals are now being accepted from potential presenters for the National Early College Conference, hosted by NC New Schools and Jobs for the Future. The conference will be held Oct. 29-30 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham. Click here to register and learn more.

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