8.26.19 NC News

Vanessa Ferguson in front of Nina Simone's childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina.

News about grants, gifts

 The Durham Arts Council is holding new new information sessions for their Emerging Artists Grant Program on August 27th and September 3rd. Click here for more details. 

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology was awarded a $3.9 million federal grant to upgrade and enhance 911 systems across the state. North Carolina is one of 34 states and two tribal nations receiving grants from the $109 million 911 Grant Program.

The Beehive Collective is accepting applications for their 2019 Large Grant for programs or projects addressing environmental justice in Raleigh. Click here for more information. The application deadline is Thursday, September 5th.

The Winston-Salem Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Initiative awarded $25,000 in grants supporting programs improving the lives of African Americans in the area of advancing racial equity in education. Grants were awarded to John F. Kennedy High School, the Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy, the Winston-Salem Urban League, and others.

WGU North Carolina and Veterans Bridge Home seek applicants in the greater Charlotte area for eight new veterans appreciation scholarships. Click here for more information.

Duke Energy Foundation awarded $3.6 million in 2019 Powerful Communities grants to support 54 workforce development programs across the communities served by the company.

News about people, groups

The American Heart Association named Angela and Matthew Edwards as co-chairs for the 27th Annual Winston-Salem Heart and Stroke Walk on Sunday, September 29th. At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Angela Edwards is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Dr. Matthew Edwards is Professor and Chair of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular surgery.

Hall Waddell served on the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s board of directors in the infancy stages and continued service in a variety of capacities from 1983 to 2010.

The Community Foundation of Henderson County named Hall and Sonja Waddell as the recipients for their 2019 leadership award.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity opened a second ReStore at the Weaverville Crossings shopping plaza.

The Guildford Green Foundation and LGBTQ Center board elected members to new leadership positions: Bil Guill, board chair; Barbara Lawrence, vice chair; and Steve Stonecypher, treasurer.

The North Carolina Parent Teacher Congress board of directors appointed Harold Dixon as president and Mari Urness as executive director.

The North Carolina Center for Cybersecurity will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new headquarters on Tuesday, August 27th in Winston-Salem.

The North Carolina Aquariums Division appointed new directors at aquariums in Pine Knoll Shores (Liz Baird) and Roanoke Island (Larry Warner).

News about opportunities, initiatives

The International House welcomes RSVPs for their World L!t Street Food Festival to be held September 7th in Charlotte. Click here for more details.

Ferguson, a Greensboro artist, gained national attention as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.”

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Come Hear North Carolina released a full concert video from Vanessa Ferguson’s recent performance at the childhood home of Nina Simone in Tryon, North Carolina. Click here to access the concert video.

Marbles Kids Museum will hold a $10,000 raffle, in partnership with NC 529, at their Marbles Birthday Bash on Sunday, September 29th. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Association for Fundraising Professionals will hold a group webinar “Why You Need a Case for Support and How to Build One” by Pam Highsmith, vice president of advancement and donor relations at North Carolina Media Society on Wednesday, August 28th starting at 12:45 pm. Click here to register.

The Lupus Foundation of America North Carolina chapter will host the 20th Annual Links for Lupus Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, September 23rd. Individuals and teams are welcomed to sign up here.

Early registration for this fall’s Ron Johnson Red Ribbon Run & AIDS Walk from the Triad Health Project ends at the end of August. Click here to register.


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