08.21.13: N.C. News Bits

RAFI-International’s  Crop Hop dance and auction at The Barn in Fearrington Village raised more than $12,000 to sustain North Carolina family farmers.
RAFI-International’s Crop Hop dance and auction at The Barn in Fearrington Village raised more than $12,000 to sustain North Carolina family farmers.

News about grants, gifts

Charles and Daneen Stiefel of Raleigh gave $1.3 million to support research at Duke Medicine that focuses on a group of diseases that compromise the immune system and increase the risk of infectious diseases and lymphoma. The research is conducted principally by Dr. Patricia Lugar, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.

The J.W. York Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association in Raleigh received a $219,700 grant from the John Rex Endowment to design and build a discovery playground that will reinforce science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. The grant will also fund outdoor classrooms and a disabled-friendly exercise track.

The Women’s Impact Fund will award five grants ranging from $40,000 to $100,000 to Mecklenburg County nonprofits in the categories of arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services. Applications can be submitted online through Oct. 7.

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Greenville won a fan-voting contest to receive $100,000 from Wishes by Wyndham during the PGA Wyndham Championship in Greensboro.

Duke Energy donated $50,000 to Communities In Schools of Wake County’s SMART Academy, which offers year-round academic-development programs.

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina received a grant of $40,000 from Wells Fargo, which provide financial literacy programs for approximately 1,800 students in six counties.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina donated to fund two medical practitioner positions at the SAFEchild Advocacy Center, which provides comprehensive medical evaluations to abused children in Wake County.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina gave a $25,000 grant to the Southwestern Commission to create a master plan for the Western North Carolina Farmers Market. The foundation also awarded $10,000 to support a regional effort to match landless farmers with farmland through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

Kroger is the official volunteer sponsor of the Jimmy V. Celebrity Golf Classic, a fundraiser for the V Foundation for Cancer Research Aug. 25 in Raleigh. Kroger also held a fundraiser in its stores, encouraging customers to donate to the foundation.

The Rural Advancement Foundation International‘s Crop Hop dance and auction at The Barn in Fearrington Village raised more than $12,000 to sustain North Carolina family farmers.

The Shops of Baileywick in Raleigh donated more than $3,200 to SAFE Haven for Cats and the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue.

A local business has anonymously given a $5,000 matching gift challenge to the Triad Health Project, which assists those affected by HIV/AIDS. The challenge runs through Aug. 31.

News about people, groups

The national Communities In Schools organization recognized Vance High School in Charlotte as one of five Schools of Excellence and Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg as one of four Communities of Excellence in acknowledgement of building strong community partnerships to support students. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Charlotte in January.

Apparo, a Charlotte organization that provides technology and business solutions for nonprofits, selected six new members of its board of directors: Dave Brown, Josh Jewett, Walt Kelley, Brad Mark, Bill Pappas and Robert Taylor.

Leo M. Lambert was elected chair of the board of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

Sabrina Slade was appointed director of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem.

Rich Robles, Jennifer Roberts and Maha Gingrich joined the board of directors of the International House in Charlotte.

Kunal Premnarayen joined the board of directors of miraclefeet, a Carrboro-based nonprofit dedicated to treating children with clubfoot in developing countries.

The Community Foundation of Henderson presented the Sauer Charitable Leadership Award to Marry Garrison, who has supported more than 20 local charities since 1976. The foundation’s annual luncheon also celebrated giving nearly $2.5 million in grants, scholarships and trust payments in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits‘ annual conference will focus on financial stability and preparing for potential leadership changes. The conference will take place Sept. 19-20 in Concord. For details, click here.

The first Dance Dash 5K will mix dancing, running and a flash mob to raise funds for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center on Sept. 7 in Research Triangle Park. For registration and sponsorship information, click here.

The Healing Place of Wake County broke ground on a community garden at its men’s shelter in Raleigh. The garden will be used to grow fresh food to serve the homeless. Construction of the garden was funded by the Realtor Foundation of the Triangle.

The Durham Rescue Mission gave 2,672 new backpacks filled with school supplies to at-risk students, along with 9,500 pieces of clothing and 1,600 bags of food, at its 14th Annual Back to School Party.

The Bands4Good Challenge, an online, fan-voted music contest, seeks to raise funds for North Carolina nonprofits that serve military service members and their families. The contest launches with a conference on Aug. 27 at Raleigh’s Capital City Club and concludes with a concert at the Meymandi Concert Hall on Nov. 10. The contest is organized by the Doing Good Network and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment.

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition launched the Overdose Prevention Project, a legal community-based overdose prevention training and naloxone distribution program. National Overdose Awareness events will be held in six cities on Aug. 31. For details, click here.

Note in the Pocket joined with students at Heritage Elementary School in Wake Forest to host a drive to supply a week’s worth of clothing for children who qualify for free or reduced price lunch.

Community Workforce Solutions, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that provides employment for individuals with disabilities, launched Clean Start Diaper Service, offering weekly home delivery and pickup of cloth diapers.

The work of nonprofits such as HD Reach, a Raleigh-based organization that has pioneered models of care for patients with Huntington’s disease and their families, will be featured at the Huntington Study Group‘s annual conference in Charlotte Nov. 7 and 8.

The March Forth with Hope Foundation will host the 11th Annual Hope Stout Golf Classic at the Golf Club at Ballantyne on Oct. 7. The foundation provides financial assistance to families battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. For information about tournament registration and sponsorship, click here.

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