Nonprofit news roundup, 05.31.13

Winston-Salem Symphony gets $1.6 million bequest

The Winston-Salem Symphony received a bequest gift of more than $1.6 million to its endowment from the estate of Jeanne “Jan” N. Hill, a Symphony patron who died on February 19, 2012, at age 52.

Hill’s bequest is the single largest gift to the Winston-Salem Symphony in its 66 year history and nearly doubles the size of its endowment.

The gift will be used to establish the Jeanne Hill Miss Liberty Fund and will support the Symphony’s mission to create an inspired community through live musical performances.

The Fund also will assist the Symphony in a period of growth by providing funding for expanding education programs that will reach thousands of local children in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Guilford County Heart Association group number 1 in U.S.

The Guilford County Red Tie Society, a group of men who have pledged support for Go Red for Women, a social initiative of the American Heart Association designed to help women take charge of their heart health, leads similar groups throughout the U.S. both in membership and funds raised.

Launched in 2012-13, the group has raised over $53,000 for heart disease education, awareness, research and legislation, and has enlisted over 50 men as members.

Members pledge a gift of at least $1,100, a total that includes the minimum donation to join plus full scholarships for two women to attend the Guilford Go Red for Women Educational Expo and Luncheon that was held earlier in May.

Launched by Robin S. Hager, campaign chair for for the 2012-13 Guilford Go Red For Women campaign and senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer for NewBridge Bank, the group will be featured in nationwide marketing materials for the American Heart Association.

Next year’s campaign will be co-chaired by Todd Rangel, senior vice president for NewBridge Bank, and Cory Newton, executive vice president of Senn Dunn Insurance.

NewBridge Bank and Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center are the primary sponsors of the 2012-13 Guilford Go Red For Women year-round effort that is focused on raising awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women.

Charlotte to host international symposium on Huntington disease

Charlotte has been selected as the site of the 7th Annual Huntington Study Group Clinical Research Symposium, which is expected to attract leading scientists and medical professionals from throughout the world.

Workshops preceding the symposium include networking for regional doctors and health care providers, continuing education for medical professionals, and training programs for service providers, caregivers and local practitioners.

The symposium will feature reports on the latest research on Huntington disease, an inherited brain disorder that affects control of movement, thought and behavior.

Following the symposium will be an interactive community workshop, including discussions between patients, their families and researchers.

Workshops and the symposium will be held November 7-9 at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte.

Over 30,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Huntington disease, or HD, and over 250,000 others are at risk of having inherited HD from a parent.

No treatment has been found to halt or slow the progressive loss of mental faculties and physical control from HD, which typically results in death 15 to 25 years after onset of motor signs of the disease. HD can strike at any age, typically beginning between age 35 and 45.

The symposium will be hosted by Huntington Study Group,  an international network of clinical researchers who study and care for Huntington disease patients and families.

HD Reach, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that works to help all patients and families gain access to knowledgeable health care and resources to manage the disease, is one of the event sponsors..

StepUp Ministry Greensboro serves over 517 adults

In its first 22 months of operation, StepUp Ministry Greensboro has served 517 adults and graduated 429 from its Jobs Readiness program, with over 200 participants finding jobs and several receiving job promotions.

StepUp Ministry Greensboro is supported financially and with volunteers by 11 founding faith community partners, eight supporting church partners, and many businesses and individuals. Over 200 volunteers work in the program.

Panel to study sustainable funding model for Charlotte’s cultural sector

A group representing local philanthropy, nonprofits, government and business will spend seven months studying the financial state of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural sector and make recommendations for how to create a sustainable funding model to secure it.
The group will examine the history and current state of the arts and cultural sector; identify the challenges it faces given changes in the region, including its population and economy; and set priorities to ensure a healthy cultural community.

The Cultural Life Task Force consists of 21 members appointed by the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Foundation For The Carolinas, Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust, the Charlotte Chamber and the Arts & Science Council.

Co-chairs are Valecia McDowell, an attorney with Moore & Van Allen, and Pat Riley, president of Allen Tate Company.

North Carolina Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council gets $20,000

The North Carolina Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council received $20,000 from The Caterpillar Foundation to expand the organization’s Green Schools Programs by engaging more schools across the state in sustainability activities as part of a Green Schools Environmental Stewardship Competition.

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