Nonprofit news roundup, 09.22.17

Award to honor community leaders

Community leaders Thomas S. Haggai of High Point and Julie Peeples of Greensboro will receive the 2017 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award on November 9 from the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.

Chairing the event, to be held at Koury Convention Center, will be Bev and Odell Cleveland.

Haggai, who is founding pastor of Emerywood Baptist Church and served for 20 years as chairman and CEO of IGA Globals and was instrumental in forming the Business Roundtable to help guide the city’s future.

For 52 years, the Thomas Haggai and Associates Foundation provided scholarships to train nontraditional students as elementary school teachers, and in 2016, distributed the last of its funds to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to endow a new program for that purpose.

Peeples has served as senior pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ since the early 1990s, and has long been an ally to the LGBTQ community.

She was was instrumental in founding the Greensboro Faith Leaders Council, the Greensboro Congregational Assistance Network, and Mustard Seed Community Health.

Three PTAs in state named National PTA Schools of Excellence

J.Y. Joyner Magnet Elementary School PTA in Wake County, New Town Elementary School in Union County, and Sternberger Elementary School PTA in Guilford County have been named National PTA Schools of Excellence for the 2017-19 school years.

OnTrack gets $200,000

OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling is getting $200,000 from Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the biggest competitive grant the Asheville funder has awarded, to expand a program that provides financial literacy training and a three-to-one match to help low-income people establish and maintain emergency savings.

United Arts Council gives $111,000 to Wake schools

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has made $111,223 available to 122 Wake County schools to bring in teaching artists during the 2017 school year for a total of 327 performances, workshops and residencies to integrate arts with core subjects.

Royster chairs Triad American Heart Association

Kirsten Royster, president and chief operating officer for Novant Health Medical Park Hospital, has been elected chairman of the Triad board of directors of the American Heart Association.

Members of The Produce Box support Texas hurricane relief

Members of Raleigh-based The Produce Box donated over 500 “community boxes” and raised over $10,000 to Farmhouse Delivery in Houston and Austin, both in Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Barbecue to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont will be the main beneficiary of an annual barbecue fundraising event that Rotary Club of High Point will host on October 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in High Point.

Run/walk to benefit Mental Health Association

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro will benefit from the 3rd Annual Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk on November 4 at 11 a.m. at the Railyard at SouthEnd in Greensboro.

In its first two years, the event raised over $92,000.

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