Kay Yow Cancer Fund plays for life

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Since 2012, over 22,000 women in 17 North Carolina counties who otherwise would not have the opportunity have been screened for breast cancer, thanks to two mobile mammography units from UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh.

Financing the digital-imaging equipment for the units — at a cost of $115,000 each — has been the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

The Raleigh charity was founded in December 2007 by the late Kay Yow, who was head women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State University and died in 2009 after a 22-year intermittent battle with cancer.

Inspiring her to start the charity was a game, initially known as “Hoops 4 Hope,” that her team at N.C. State played on Feb. 19, 2006, with the University of Maryland.

Since then, mainly through games throughout the U.S. that later were known as “Think Pink,” then “Pink Zone,” and now “Play4Kay,” the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has raised $5.38 million and awarded grants of $1 million each to support research into cancers affecting women at four cancer centers, including UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill.

It also has made grants of $100,000 each to cancer centers in nine cities that have hosted the Women’s Final Four basketball tournament. And it works to serve underserved women by funding programs such as the UNC Rex mammography units.

The charity “was born through the sport of basketball,” says Stephanie Glance, the Fund’s executive director and former associate head coach at N.C. State under Yow. “She saw this as a way to unite coaches, players and communities of women’s basketball.”

Operating with an annual budget of about $600,000 and a staff of five full-time employees, the Fund raises $1 million to $1.5 million a year.

That includes $350,000 to $400,000 generated through 200 to 250 basketball games hosted by teams at colleges and schools throughout the U.S.

It also receives royalties from Nike’s retail sale of apparel and shoes branded with the the Kay Yow Fund’s “Y” logo, and generates revenue from a golf tournament, which will be held in September for the third straight year in Pinehurst, that last year netted $200,000.

And it gets revenue from events that third-parties organize, and in February hosted an inaugural run and walk on the N.C. State campus that netted $20,000.

Through a partnership, the scientific advisory committee at the V Foundation — which also raises money for cancer research and is named for Jim Valvano, the late coach of the N.C. State men’s basketball team — reviews and evaluates grant requests to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, then monitors grants the Fund approves.

And through another partnership, the Fund is the “charity of choice” of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, which encourages its members to support the Fund through an annual game on the schedule of each of their teams.

Now, as it prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary this December with a dinner, the Fund is planning to launch a 10 for 10″ campaign to raise $10,000 each from at least 50 donors. It also plans to create a local golf tournament in Raleigh.

And it aims to generate more revenue from its Play4Kay games, either by increasing the number of games each year to 350 or more, or by increasing the share of revenue it receives from each game.

To help do all that, Glance this spring is visiting nearly 20 Division I conference meetings.

The goal, she says, is to fund more research and provide more underserved women with access to cancer services.

“Every person has  been touched by cancer in some way,” she says. “The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is making a significant impact in the fight against all women’s cancers.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 06.02.17

Reynolds Trust investing $1 million in Forsyth kids

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem awarded over $1 million in grants to local groups that work to help young children in Forsyth County succeed in school.

Funding from the grants support health clinics that work to connect low-income families to other services, such as home visitations and mental health counseling; collaboration among local agencies that provide health and developmental services; and research on the effectiveness of “universal” pre-kindergarten programs in the county.

JDRF gala raises $950,000

The chapter of JDRF that serves the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina raised $950,000 at its 14th annual Hope Gala on April 29 at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh to fund type 1 diabetes research.

High Point United Way awards $31,000

United Way of Greater High Point will award a total of $31,045 in venture grants to nine local agencies, including some that are not traditional United Way partner agencies, bringing to over $350,000 that total it has awarded over eight of the last 10 years for new initiatives and one-time capital items.

United Way this year received 35 applications for venture grants — small, one-time grants — requesting a total of over $225,000 from groups in Guilford and Randolph Counties to address emerging or unmet needs.

Grant recipients, and the amount they were awarded, include Family Service of the Piedmont, $2,250; High Point Jail Ministry, $1,000; High Point Leap Program, $5,155; Mt. Zion Baptist Church, $3,500; Operation Xcel, $4,100; Open Door Ministries, $2,000; Piedmont Health Services, $3,940; Senior Resources of Guilford, $5,000; YWCA of High Point, $5,000.

Volunteers pack 190,000 meals

Over 1,000 corporate volunteers teamed up to sort and package over 190,000 meals for local families facing hunger in the sixth annual Sort-A-Rama on May 25 organized by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh in collaboration with Triangle companies.

Starting in 2012, volunteers for the event have sorted over 750,000 meals for distribution to individuals, families, and seniors in need through the Food Bank’s partner agencies in 34 counties.

Presenting partners for the 2017 event were BASF, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cisco, Food Lion, and RTI International.

Other sponsors included Dude Solutions, NetApp, Bank of America, PPD, Crown Lift Trucks, Duke Energy, Nationwide Insurance, and UNC Rex Healthcare.

Drive collects 79,000 pounds of food

The 2017 Postal Food Drive in the High Point area collected 78,783.6 pounds of food, up from 75,300 in 2016.

Food collected in the drive, which United Way of Greater High Point coordinates and promotes through the donation of its time, will support 15 local food pantries.

Transitions LifeCare gets $125,000

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh has received a $125,000 grant from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte to establish a pediatric telehealth program.

Historical Society honors volunteers, supporters

Rebecca Gurkin, who contributed over 50 hours of service over the past year to The High Point Historical Society, and a total of nearly 345 hours since March 2009, received the group’s Walsh Award at its 51st annual meeting on May 23 at Rickety Bridge Winery. Bill Phillips received the Mary Lib Joyce Award for distinct service and dedication, while Van Voorhees Trivette received special recognition for her help with fundraising for the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Yvonne Bostic-Short was elected president of the Society’s board of trustees, and Nicholas Ruden was elected president-elect.

Alamance Achieves names executive director

Tyronna Hooker, a former North Carolina Teacher of the Year, has been named executive director of Alamance Achieves in Burlington.

For the last four years, Hooker has worked for Teach For America to assist systems in 16 school districts recruit, hire and train new teachers.

North Carolina Community Foundation names regional officers

Megan Ellis, regional development officer at the North Carolina Community Foundation, has been named its regional director of development for the northwestern and western regions.

Anne Sorhagen, interim CEO at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, has joined the Foundation as regional director for the southeastern region.

Durham nonprofit focuses on Nicaragua

Durham-based Sister Communities of San-Ramon, Nicaragua, this year completed its third school construction project in a rural community in San Ramon, a county in Nicaragua.

The nonprofit now has built a pre-school classroom; school kitchen; electrical system for the entire school, which includes two other classrooms; and a water system.

Humanities Council accepting grant requests

June 30 is the deadline to submit proposals to the North Carolina Humanities Council in Charlotte for grants up to $25,000 for public humanities projects that focus on the state’s diversity, traditions and cultures.

College students get scholarships

Louis DeJoy, president of LDJ Global Strategies in Greensboro, and his wife, Aldona Wos, are providing over $50,000 in scholarship funding for college students in North Carolina to attend summer academic internship programs organized by The Fund for American Studies and held in Washington, D.C.

The students will work as interns with government agencies, media outlets, businesses and nonprofits, while attending classes accredited by George Mason University.

Eastern Music Festival getting pianos

Mitchell’s Piano Gallery and Yamaha will provide 28 pianos for rehearsal facilities, teaching studios and concert halls during the 2017 season of Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro.

Discovery Place Education Studio gets $50,000

Discovery Place Education Studio, which provides ongoing professional development for educators in science, technology, engineering and math from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, is getting $50,000  from I-77 Mobility Partners.

Second Harvest getting $42,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem is getting $42,000 from the 2017 North Carolina Sporting Clays Tournament hosted by Vulcan Materials Company at the Hunting Creek Preserves in Harmony.

For every dollar donated, Second Harvest will be able to distribute seven meals to people in need, or a total of over 294,000 meals across the 18 counties it serves.