07.24.13: N.C. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Mission Foundation has been awarded a $400,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to support the Western Carolina Medical Society’s Project Access charity care program. Project Access offers free health care services to residents of Buncombe County. Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club members celebrate the Building Bridges award

The Salvation Army of Greensboro has received $3,500 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. The gift will be used to pay for meals at The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope shelter. 

The Ray Price Harley-Davidson Wing Cook-Off raised $2,400 to benefit the Duke Children’s Miracle Network and All-Star Ride for Life. The event drew nearly 300 attendees to sample recipes from 12 teams and to participate in an all-you-can-eat wing cook-off.

Realtor Foundation of the Triangle volunteers received a grant from Homes4NC and organized a fundraising campaign, REALTORS Cooling Wake Project, to purchase 102 air conditioning units. The units were given to recipients identified by Wake County Health and Human Services.

Durham’s Partnership for Children distributed dental health kits to more than 100 infants and toddlers. Oral health education was provided by Neelam Sullivan, dental educator with Dr. Gary Hill’s pediatric dental office. The project was funded through the 18th annual Great Human Race fundraising campaign.

News about people, groups

Chris Moran, executive director of the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, announced his retirement.

HopeLine Inc., a Triangle-based nonprofit providing free suicide prevention and crisis intervention help, announced its 2013-14 board of directors and executive committee. The executive committee includes Allyson McNeill, president; Pam McAfee, vice president; Betty Arcangel, secretary; and Jay McLamb, treasurer. Current board members include Mujtaba Ahmed, Lauren Brown, Beth Donner, Kelly Hubbell, Jack Nales and Yancy Strickland.

The Salvation Army Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Clubs of Winston-Salem has been honored with the Building Bridges award for its improvement in scholastic excellence by its club members for the 2012-13 school year.  The award is given each year to one Boys & Girls Club in North and South Carolina. Of the 201 club members, 48 percent improved their GPA and 26 percent improved their attendance.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Alley Cats and Angels, an all-volunteer foster home-based cat rescue organization located in the Triangle, will be holding an adoption event at the Petsmart in Knightdale, located at 220 Hinton Oaks Blvd. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 20 cats and kittens will be in attendance and many will have partially sponsored adoption fees. For more information about the adoption event, visit www.alleycatsandangels.org.

Open Door Ministries of High Point, in partnership with West End Ministries, will host the fourth annual Dining Out for Hunger. The event will be held Tuesday, July 30, at 32 local restaurants that will donate 10 percent of all sales to help fund the organizations’ food pantries and community meals.

Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 at the Crabtree Valley Mall Promotional Court in Raleigh to select the national anthem singer for this year’s annual Triangle Heart Walk. There is a $20 donation to the American Heart Association to enter with a $5 entry fee per member for groups with four or more members. Visit www.shopcrabtree.com to register.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina is partnering with Walmart to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students. The third annual Build A Backpackback-to-school supply drive involves 144 Walmart stores across the state where customers can purchase school supplies and place them in donation bins. The campaign runs through Aug. 31.

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.  For more information on the 52 Week Food Drive, contact Carol Schwartz at 919-256-2179 or cschwartz@urbanmin.org. 

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