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09.11.13: N.C. News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

The Lucy Daniels Center received $10,000 from the Bayer USA Foundation to create a therapeutic teaching garden for children and families receiving mental and emotional health services at its Cary center.

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina received a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo to provide economic education through the K-12 Filling the Gap=Skills for Success! initiative in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

The Jay Walker Memorial Endowment Fund established with the Community Foundation of Henderson County gave $2,310 to the West, East, North and Hendersonville Henderson High School golf teams.

News about people, groups

Nominations are sought for the Goodmon Awards, which recognize regionally minded Triangle leaders and organizations in community service, arts/sports/entertainment, economic development, strategic partnership and Leadership Triangle alumnus. Nominations can be submitted online through Sept. 30. The awards will be given at the Leadership Triangle Awards in Durham on Dec. 9.

The Biogen Idec Foundation Micro-Grants in Science Education Fund seeks proposals for grants of $250 to $2,500 for K-12 science education projects. Nonprofits in Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties can apply through Oct. 25.

At the Charlotte Post Best Awards banquet on Oct. 12, the Charlotte Post Foundation will recognize Charlie Dannelly as luminary, Laynneta D. Witherspoon as the teacher of the year, Jada Wiggleton-Little as the top senior of the year and Julia Whitfield as the top senior of the year runner-up.

Leadership North Carolina selected 53 civic and community leaders into its 2013-14 class, which will learn about issues critical to the state in economic development, education, the environment, government and health and human services. For details, click here.

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina will hold its 4th annual Awareness Breakfast to recognize its volunteers who gave economic education to nearly 8,400 students in 2012. June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction, will give the keynote address at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh on Oct. 4.

Caila Gorniewicz was hired as development manager for the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter.

Shannon Tucker, Brenda Berg and Amanda Cheney were appointed as event co-chairs for Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change. In 2013-14, Band Together NC is supporting Communities In Schools of Wake County and Communities In Schools of Durham. Volunteers stuffed 200 backpacks for CIS of Wake County in August and will do so for CIS of Durham on Oct. 5.

Dynamic Community Charter School, the first Wake County charter school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received approval to open in August 2014. Its first fundraiser will be Icing on the Cake, a gift and craft show in Raleigh on Oct. 19.

Fathers Forever, which provides parental education for fathers who face incarceration, will graduate its eighth class at the Campbell University Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh on Sept. 21.

Our State magazine seeks applications for North Carolina’s Creative Classroom Contest. The winner will receive $500 to support a classroom project completed in the 2013-14 school year. Entries can be submitted online through Sept. 30.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is celebrating the 9th annual Blood Collectors week through Saturday, with donations from Bruegger’s Bagels, Courier Express and Chick-Fil-A. Blood donations can be scheduled online.

Massage Envy Spa will host the 3rd annual Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one‐day national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On Sept. 18, all Massage Envy locations in the Charlotte area will donate $10 from every one‐hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation.

Thousands of triathletes from 43 states and seven nations will compete in the Wilmington YMCA Triathlon on Sept. 21 and the PPD Beach2Battleship Full and Half Iron Distance Triathlon on Oct. 26. Proceeds will support the Greater Wilmington Family YMCA.

The Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte is holding a “Non-Event” fundraising campaign through Sept. 23. The agency asks donors to give funds they might spend on a gala event directly to the nonprofit.

Leveling the Playing Field, a nonprofit that provides athletic involvement opportunities for at-risk children, has partnered with both Wake Forest and Winston Salem State universities’ basketball teams to host a charity basketball tournament on Sept. 28.  The event at the Hanes Hosiery Community Center will benefit The Children’s Home, Boy’s & Girl’s Club and Big Brother Big Sister in Winston Salem.

The Great Chili Cook-off in Mooresville on Sept. 28 will raise funds for charities supported by the Rotary Clubs of Mooresville, Mooresville-Lake Norman, Top of the Lake and Troutman.

The 22nd annual Winter Walk for AIDS will be held at the University of North Carolina Greensboro on Dec. 8 to raise money for the Triad Health Project‘s client services and prevention education programs. 


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