Arts’ impact in Wake County eclipses state, U.S. averages
The creative economy is stronger in Wake County, on average, than in the U.S. and in North Carolina, and also stronger than in Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties combined, and in Charlotte, Concord and Gastonia combined, but it trails Durham and Chapel Hill combined, a new study says.
The Creative Vitality Index, an annual measure of the health of the creative economy in a specific area, is based on federal data on employment and other indicators, and includes for-profit and nonprofit arts-related enterprises.
Based on a national “baseline” or average score of 1, the 2014 index value for Wake was 1.02, down from 1.03 in 2013, 1.05 in 2013, and 1.08 in 2011.
Using the state average as the baseline, Wake’s score in 2014 was 1.52.
Earnings for Wake’s creative industry overall totaled $17 billion, up $47.5 million from 2013, and accounted for 18,811 jobs, up 326 from 2013.
Wake gained 771 creative jobs in 2014, and nonprofit arts groups generated $83.5 million in revenue, or $4.2 million more than in 2013.
Wake received $612,000 in state arts agency grants, up $82,000 from 2013.
The creative vitality index was 1.20 for Durham-Chapel Hill; 0.89 for Wake/Johnston/Franklin counties; and 0.82 for Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia.
Transitions LifeCare raises over $5 million
Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh says it has raised over $5 million in a campaign expected to ends this spring with a goal of raising $6 million to expand its 20-room facility with 10 new patient rooms and other spaces to allow it to serve another 500 patients and their families each year.
In the five years since it opened its Hospice Home, Transitions LifeCare has served over 3,000 patients and their families.
Triangle YMCA buys 32 acres for community hub
YMCA of the Triangle has purchased 32 acres in Southeast Raleigh in the Rock Quarry Road near I-440 to serve as the home of a YMCA facility, affordable housing, a school, health-care options and access to healthy food.
YMCA is seeking partners to deliver those services, and aims to have another organization coordinate community engagement and collaborations.
High Point University raises $230,000 for United Way
High Point University was the third largest contributor to the annual fundraising campaign at United Way of Greater High Point for the third straight year.
The school raised $230,000 for United Way in 2015, up from $38,000 in 2005.
In addition to dollars, students, faculty and staff also donate 100,000 hours of service each year valued at $2.3 million to United Way and other agencies.
Gates Foundation officer to speak in Raleigh
Teresa Rivero, senior program officer for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at an event on February 18 at Brier Creek Country Club hosted by the Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students.
Youth groups get mini-grants
Fifteen youth programs throughout the state received a total of nearly $6,300 in mini-grants from the state Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office.
The winners were among 14 proposals selected by the State Youth Council and Youth Advisory Council, two programs directed by youth that are operated by the Youth Involvement Office, which is directed by the state Department of Administration.
Boys & Girls Clubs members build with blocks
Forty-five members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point took part last month in the Block Kids Building Program of the National Association of Women in Construction sponsored by its Piedmont Chapter.
Each participant at the event, which was held January 30 and hosted at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Southside Club, was given legos, tin foil, a rock and string to build a structure.
Judges from the construction management program at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, and from the Piedmont Chapter of Women in Construction, selected five winners.
Each winner received a monetary gift and an opportunity to advance to a regional competition.
Big Brothers Big Sisters honors college senior
Jasmine Williams, a senior at High Point University, has been named “Big of the Year” by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont.
Williams, a journalism major from Montgomery Village, Md., has volunteered as a mentor and “Big Sister” since 2012, and has held several fundraisers for the organization, including a Bowl-for-Kids-Sake event for which she raised over $1,000 to help match more children in need of mentors.
Summit Rotary awards scholarships
Summit Rotary in Greensboro is awarding 16 McKnight Scholarships of $1,500 each, one for a qualified college‐bound senior from each public high school in Guilford County, bringing to 80 the number of scholarships it has awarded over the last 31 years.
College students donate food
High Point University students who package surplus food from campus dining locations to give to Open Door Ministries three times a week as a part of the Food Recovery Network last semester packaged and donated over 8,000 pounds of food to the organization.
Golf event to benefit Care Ring
Care Ring in Charlotte will benefit from Golfing Fore a Healthy Charlotte on March 28 at Providence Country Club.
Heart Association walk set for Wilson
The American Heart Association will hold its annual Wilson Heart Walk on April 23 at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. Chairing the event, which aims to raise $170,000, is Bill Caldwell, CEO of Wilson Medical Center.
Roger Daltry to host Teen Cancer America event
Roger Daltry, founder of Future Teen Cancer America and singer for The Who, will host an event April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center to benefit future Teen Cancer America units in hospitals throughout North Carolina.
Junior Achievement office gets awards from national organization
Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina is among 17 Area offices throughout the U.S. that received a 2014-15 Peak Performance Team Award for superior performance from Junior Achievement USA.
The Eastern North Carolina office also won a 4 Star Award for meeting the national organization’s operational standards for compliance, student impact, operational efficiency, financial stability and sustainability.
High Point Boys & Girls Clubs recognized for safety
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point is one of four Boys & Girls Clubs and 59 youth
camps across the U.S. to receive the Safety First designation for 2015 from financial-services company Markel.
The Safety First program recognizes policyholders for commitment to the safety of their employees and customers.