Arts Council raises $2.5 million
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County met its goal of of $2.5 million for its annual fundraising campaign, thanks to a pledge by an anonymous donor to make a gift equal to three percent of the goal.
In making the pledge on September 25, the donor also agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all contributions made by midnight September 30, the final day of the campaign, with those contributions and the donor’s matching gift to be used to support creative entrepreneurs and new initiatives.
Dollars raised in the annual campaign included a total of $369,000 from Forsyth County, the City of Winston-Salem, and state lawmakers through the North Carolina Arts Council, with the remainder from private individuals, corporation and foundations.
Over 60 companies and 3,750 individuals supported the campaign, which was co-chaired by Marybeth Wallace, special assistant to the president at Wake Forest University, and Leslie Hayes, executive vice president and business banking division manager for the Carolinas at Wells Fargo & Company.
The Arts Council also promoted Catherine Heitz New, vice president of development, to chief advancement officer and deputy director.
And it awarded its Arts Council Award to the late Bonnie Poindexter, former interim executive director of the Arts Council, Piedmont Opera and Sawthooth School.
It also awarded its R. Philip Hanes Junior Young Leader Award to John Bowhers, co-founder of Peppercorn Theatre; its Arts Educator Excellence Award to Amanda Gordon, an art teacher at Diggs-Latham Elementary School; its Arts-Integrated Workplace Award to Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center; and its Strategic Vision Partner Award to Reynolda House or organizations with annual budgets $150,000 ore more, and to Authoring Action for organizations with annual budgets below $150,000.
United Way gets $250,000 in wake of unrest in Charlotte
Wells Fargo will donate $250,000 to support Unite Charlotte, a new community fund to be housed at United Way of Central Carolinas in response to the recent unrest in Charlotte.
The fund will support programs and organizations focused on community healing, rebuilding trust and creating opportunities, including work being done by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force.
Gottlieb retiring from Senior Services
Richard Gottlieb will retire in early 2017 as president and CEO of Senior Services in Winston-Salem, an organization he has headed since 1981.
Whiteside joins Hospitality House; culinary event set
Neely Whiteside, development officer for major gifts at Charlotte Rescue Mission, has joined Hospitality House of Charlotte as development director.
Hospitality House will kick off a new “Meal to Heal” campaign on October 3 that will run through February 2017 and invite local community members to cook meals for families staying at Hospitality House while their family members are hospitalized.
Partnering for the kickoff meal on October 3 is Piedmont Culinary Guild.
Whitehurst chairing Heart Ball; campaign targets lawyers
Bill Whitehurst, managing partner of the Winston-Salem office of law firm Womble Carlyle, chairing of the 2017 Winston-Salem Heart Ball and leads the “Lawyers Have Heart, Too” campaign the American Heart Association and the firm are launching.
The campaign aims to enlist all lawyers and law firms in Forsyth County, with a goal of raising $50,000 for Association.
The 2017 Winston-Salem Heart Ball is scheduled for April 28.
Cunningham new president of Medical Society
Paul R.G. Cunningham, dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, has been installed as the 163rd president of the North Carolina Medical Society. He is the first African American to hold the office.
Bryan School at UNCG gets $165,000
The Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has received a $165,000 gift from accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman to support a scholarship fund and professorship.
Methodist Home raises $133,000
Methodist Home for Children raised $133,000 at its 10th annual Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening.
Folk Festival attracts over 138,000 people
Over 138,000 people are estimated to have attended the 76th National Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro from September 9 through September 11.
Attendance at the Festival in the second year of its three-year residency in Greensboro was up from an estimated 102,000 a year earlier.
Roughly 300 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—participated in the Festival, with 122 separate performances by over 40 different artists at eight outdoor performance venues.
Putnam to speak at Family Services event
Closing the “opportunity gap” will be the focus of a talk by Harvard professor Robert D. Putnam at a benefit luncheon for Family Services in Winston-Salem on November 1.
The event, to be held in the Hearn Ballroom in the Downtown Marriott, will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Fashion event to benefit Turning Point
The inaugural Carolinas Fashion Genesis will be held October 1 at Henry Hall Wilson House at 1301 East Franklin St. in Monroe, N.C., and will benefit Turning Point in Union County.
Kilometer For The Kids raises nearly $18,000
The Fifth Annual Kilometer For The Kids on September 25 raised The event raised $17,795 for Carolina For The Kids Foundation, which provides support for patients and families served by UNC Children’s Hospital.
Guilford Adult Health gets $3,000
Guilford Adult Health in Greensboro received a $3,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to provide supplies and equipment for a free adult dental clinic for people in need.
Leadership focus of Healthy Places NC Summit
“Growing leadership for healthy places” is the theme of the third annual Healthy Together NC Summit on October 4 that will be hosted Prevention Partners in Chapel Hill.
The event will be held at the E. Harvey Estes Conference Center at 1121 Slater Rd. in Durham.
Eight arts groups accepting FaithAction ID cards
Eight Greensboro-based arts organizations have agreed to provide special benefits to individuals holding identification cards FaithAction International House, thanks to a grant from ArtsGreensboro funded by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The card provides identification for any Greensboro resident who may not have access to government-issued forms of identification.
The eight arts partners are Center for Visual Artists; Community Theatre of Greensboro; Elsewhere; GreenHill; Greensboro Ballet; Music Academy of North Carolina; Touring Theatre of North Carolina, and Weatherspoon Art Museum.
Wyndham cottage being rebuilt for Habitat
A cottage from the 2016 Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club is being rebuilt as a home for Habitat for Humanity in Greensboro.
North Carolina Community Foundation moving
North Carolina Community Foundation is moving its offices to 3737 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh from Six Forks Road.
The Foundation says its assets have grown to $222 million from $104 million in the past 10 years, and its grantmaking has grown to $116 million to $32 million.