5.20.19 NC News

L to R: Sandi Macdonald, NC Symphony President/CEO; Don Davis, NC Symphony Board Chair; Grant Llewellyn, NC Symphony Music Director; Mike Lord, President/CEO of SECU and the SECU Foundation; McKinley Wooten, Jr., SECU and SECU Foundation Board member; and Jama Campbell, SECU Foundation Executive Director.

News about grants, gifts

A $59,400 grant from the SECU Foundation provided funding for the North Carolina Symphony to acquire a custom-designed van equipped to transport up to five Symphony musicians, their instruments, and staff members to areas in the state with limited access to concerts and education programs. The vehicle is personalized with a unique van wrap to highlight the North Carolina Symphony and SECU Foundation partnership.

Duke Energy is investing $1 million over five years to support expansion of pre-kindergarten education for children in Mecklenburg County, N.C. The Duke Energy Foundation grant will support the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners’ MECK Pre-K initiative to ensure all children under age 5 in Mecklenburg County have access to high-quality early childhood education.

Community Foundation of Henderson made $228,890 in grant awards through the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment, our Community Grant process, and an emergency ask. During its most recent grant cycle, the Rudnick Advisory Committee awarded $97,890 to help further the missions of five organizations. Additionally, the Community Fund made awards totaling $126,000 in support of seven area nonprofits and their missions. Lastly, the Community Foundation of Henderson County approved a $5,000 request for funding from Safelight.

News about people, groups

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the High Point Rockers teamed up with Mental Health Associates of the Triad (MHA) to raise awareness on signs and symptoms of mental illness, as well as funds for MHA,  at their game on May 17th. 

The Ada Jenkins Center received Apparo’s 2019 Mission Possible: The Economic Opportunity Award, sponsored by Accenture, on May 11th at the 13th Annual ConnectivIT® Ball. Apparo’s ConnectivIT® Series culminated at the Ball, where the organization reached a series fundraising total of more than $1 million.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Tosco Music will host FABFEST June 14th-16th in Charlotte. Proceeds from the event will support Tosco Music.  

NC Oral Health Collaborative will host the 2019 Oral Health Day on June 5 in Raleigh. The day convenes diverse stakeholders to identify and resolve consumer-level and systemic barriers to good oral health and to accelerate implementation of policies and practices that reduce oral health disparities and promote improved oral health for all North Carolinians.

AFP NC Triad Chapter will host “Building Resilient Development Teams” on May 28th at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville.

CEP Compression will partner with wear blue: run to remember to encourage everyone to run in remembrance this Memorial Day. wear blue will be hosting community gatherings across the country on the morning of Monday, May 27th to honor fallen military members and their families. In support of  wear blue, CEP is developing a signature wear blue compression sock, with proceeds going to support the organization’s mission.

Organization of Women in International Trade-Greater Triangle will host Preparing a Globally-Competent Workforce for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.


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