Piedmont Wildlife Holds Fundraising Gala Event

CHAPEL HILL – Piedmont Wildlife Center is “celebrating wildlife” at a fundraising gala on November 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Durham Armory.

The Celebrate Wildlife gala event will have plenty to offer patrons with a silent auction, food, desserts, craft beers and wine, along with some wildlife ambassadors–including hawks and owls.  Piedmont’s Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Karen McCall, says some of the wildlife ambassadors there will be hawks and owls.

“Those are birds that we use in our education programs,” says Karen McCall, Piedmont’s education and volunteer coordinator. “They’ve been found and brought to rehabilitate, but because of injury or illness could not be released–and so they are ambassadors for their species.”

“Celebrate Wildlife” is Piedmont Wildlife Center’s big fundraiser for the year.  McCall says the money raised from this event will help benefit some of their afterschool and summer programs.

“The money we raise provides scholarships for kids to attend…those programs, for us to even bring a program to a school,” she says.

A silent auction at the event will offer a wide variety of options for patrons to bid on–including a vacation to Emerald Isle, kayaking, and an aquarium visit.

“One of the really neat items we have this year is a hot air balloon ride,” McCall says. “For two or four people, you can choose from 200 locations around the country.”

Tickets are available for the event online or over the phone.

WCHL’s own Aaron Keck will Emcee the event.

For more information click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/piedmont-wildlife-holds-fundraising-gala-event/

UNC Classes to Host Fundraising Face-off Thursday

Chapel Hill – A little competition never hurt anyone; in fact, it can do a lot of good. That seems to be the teaching strategy of UNC professor Gary Kayye.

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Kayye teaches a new media technology class for the UNC journalism school. He teaches two classes, and each one executes a fundraising campaign for their final project.

“I pit one class against the other,” says Kayye, “They have to create an event that raises money for a non profit.”

If you’re involved with UNC campus life you may have seen his students’ work on campus, or on your Facebook and Twitter timelines.

“Both of them are very creative,” Kayye says, “Both of them have had enormous engagement.”

UNC seniors Kelly Crupi and Tricia Cleppe are the captains of the two competing teams that have created a campus-wide buzz.

Cleppe’s team is known as “Heel Heist for the Monday Life”. The Monday Life is a non-profit that helps child patients feel better and heal faster by improving their hospital environment.

“By helping the Monday Life we’re helping buy iPads for children that are stuck in bed to play games on, as well as other resources that make their experience a little better,” Cleppe says.

The campaign raises awareness of their cause through “Scamzees” – a prankster whose catch phrase is, “Doing a little bad for a lot of good.”

“Scamzees decided that since UNC has such a strong athletic tradition, the best way to grab attention from people is to symbolically kidnap athletes around campus,” Cleppe says, “We released videos showing these athletes being a little paranoid, and having Scamzees kidnap them. We did that to raise a ransom, which is 1,000 dollars.”

Scamzees kidnapped UNC men’s basketball star PJ Hairston, men’s soccer players Tyler Engel and Jordan McCrary, and four gymnastics team members:  Kristin Aloi, Haley Watts, Christina Pheil, and Margaret Brown.

Students are encouraged to attend the “Heel Heist” Thursday night to raise money for the athletes’ ransom, which will be donated to the Monday Life.

Crupi’s team is hosting Throwback Thursday UNC, better known as “tbtUNC”. The campaign gives UNC students, most of whom were born in the 1990s, a chance to reminisce on their childhoods.

They’re hosting the “Baby Got Throwback Bash” Thursday night.

“We’re going to have a DJ and a live band playing covers of the top hits, and we have over 1,200 dollars worth of prizes to give away,” Crupi says.

tbtUNC raises awareness for their event through social media, with different themes each day. On “Trivia Tuesday,” for example, they ask a trivia question about the 90s on Twitter, and offer prizes to students who answer the questions correctly.

Guests at the event Thursday night will pay a cover, to benefit Camp Kesem.

“It’s a camp for children from ages 6 to 16 who have a parent who either has or has had cancer,” Crupi says, “It’s a one week camp in the summer. It’s basically an opportunity for them to have fun, and not have to think about the fact that they’re dealing with such a devastating thing back at home.”

Students in Kayye’s class may not need a blue book or a scantron sheet for their final project, but Cleppe says the pressure is still on.

“You just really don’t know how much work goes into these types of campaigns until you’re in the middle of one.”

That’s exactly the hands-on lesson Kayye says he planned for the 2 classes.

“They’re doing this in real life,” Kayye says, “Instead of them creating a graphic for a company that doesn’t exist, or creating a social media campaign for something that doesn’t exist; they’re actually invested in seeing it be successful.”

Cleppe’s and Crupi’s teams face off Thursday night as they both host their events at bars on Franklin Street. “Heel Heist” will be held at the library from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. The “Baby Got Throwback Bash” will be held at R & R Grill from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

For more information about Scamzees and the “Heel Heist,” click here.

For more information about tbtUNC and the “Baby Got Throwback Bash,” click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/unc-classes-to-host-fundraising-face-off-thursday/

Glitz, Glamour, And Gatsby Gala To Be Held Saturday

ORANGE COUNTY – The community is rallying behind a group bringing the roaring 1920’s to you in the form of a fundraiser.

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The Friends of the Seymour Center and the Orange County RSVP 55 plus Volunteer Advisory Council are bringing the 1920s back to life by hosting the Glitz and Glamour Gatsby Gala.

Co-Chairs Angie Learner and Mary Joe Stone hope all local sheiks and dolls will attend the fundraising event.

“This is of the Gatsby era in the 20s,” Learner says, “It was a very romantic era. People were very into costumes and dancing.”

If you live in Orange County, Stone says you’ve probably seen the Friends of the Seymour Center or the Advisory Council doing something good for your community.

“Since 2012 through ’13 we had 468 RSVP volunteers that served about 45,000 hours across 62 local non-profit agencies and programs,” Stone says.

The list of programs includes Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools, Meals on Wheels, the Public Library, the Orange County Literacy Council, and the list goes on.

If that doesn’t convince you join in the fun, Stone thinks a few 1920s throwbacks will do the trick.

“We’re going to have one room which will be a speakeasy, which will be where we have our silent auction items,” Stone says, “And we will be running a silent DVD in there.”

And Learner says you should prepare yourself for a feast. She says 19 restaurants and food providers in the community are donating food for guests to munch on.

But most importantly, Learner says you’ll leave full of satisfaction from helping a good cause.

“A Feeling of the Bees Knees,” Learner says, “Guests will leave knowing that they’ve attended and helped sponsor something that is needed and a definite service to our adults in Orange County.”

The Glitz Glamour Gatsby Gala will be held at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday November 16.

Click here for more information about the event.

http://chapelboro.com/news/entertainment/glitz-glamour-and-gatsby-gala-to-be-held-saturday/

City Kitchen Holds Hog Roast To Benefit SKJAJA Fund

CHAPEL HILL –  The City Kitchen will host the Hog Roast to support the SKJAJA Fund Saturday. It’s a chance to help provide educational and social enrichment programs for children.

SKJAJA’s Sondra Komada says that the money raised will benefit children in the area that would not normally be able to pay for after-school activities.

“We fund kids/students to be able to say rent their instrument for band, or go to sports camps or educational opportunities; they apply and we like to give them as much money as we can that’s why we’re having this event on Saturday” Komada says.

SKJAJA was founded in 2008 as a “pay it forward” program to not only support children in the area, but to teach an important lesson about citizenship.  As an all-volunteer organization, SKJAJA relies on the support from the community

Co-founder of SKJAJA, Charlotte White, says that during their event, happening from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at City Kitchen, will offer a variety of traditional foods for people to enjoy.

“It’s going to have all the traditional barbecue, macaroni and cheese, beans, and slaw and stuff menu, and then we also have, we’re very excited,  Lester Fricks playing live music, they play kind of bluegrass, Americana, country mix” White says.

Tickets for the Hog Roast are $40 for adults and $20 for kids.  The SKJAJA fund will receive 25 percent of the ticket price and put the money they receive towards the children in Chapel hill/Carrboro.  Komada says that this is not the only event they will hold to raise money.

“Well we’re going to do our Color of the Hill color run again in the spring, and we’re gonna also try to do more of these smaller events just all over town, and we’re working on some different places where we can just have small events and different venues” Komada states.

For information on SKJAJA and tickets click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/city-kitchen-holds-hog-roast-to-benefit-skjaja-fund/

NC Therapeutic Riding Center Holds Fundraiser

Photo By SP Muray

CHAPEL HILL – Director of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, Annie Baggett, says the goal for the riding center is to help disabled people through riding.

“Our mission is to empower children, teens, and adults who are differently-abled through horse centered programs” Baggett said.

On Thursday, the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center held a fundraiser called “The Rockin’ Horse Round Up”.

This fundraiser gives people a chance to see the work that the riding center does and to help contribute to their cause. In the second annual event, food trucks contributed to the ‘round up’ and also gave a portion of their profits back to the riding center.

“We feel like it’s a great opportunity for the community to come out and see what we do, witness the work, witness the magic” Baggett commented.

The Orange Grove Fire Station also attended the event, bringing a fire tuck for people to see.  One of the therapeutic ponies, Daisy, was made an honorary mascot for the fire station and was dressed in a red hat.  Baggett says that during the event people were able to see some of therapeutic work that they do while enjoying the food and Daisy.

“All of the kids of all ages can come out an enjoy her, and learn about hippo-therapy, witness a demonstration of some of our riders, and just really have a good time to help support the families who care for loved ones” Baggett said.

For more information on the NC Therapeutic Riding Center, click here.

Full interview with Annie Baggett:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/nc-therapeutic-riding-center-holds-fundraiser/

Take Home Treasures To Support Post 6 on Saturday

CHAPEL HILL- Take home some treasures and support a good cause on Saturday when the American Legion veterans  host a yard sale to benefit Chapel Hill’s Legion Post 6.

Post Commander Lee Heavlin says there’s something for everyone at the sale.

“We’ve got knicks and knacks, a nice high-post bed, bicycles, lawn mulchers, jewelry, collectibles, you name it,” says Heavlin. “And we’ve got in all inside so people can come in, stay cool, look around and pick out their treasures.”

Proceeds go to maintaining and improving the Post, which is used by veterans, Boy Scouts and the wider community.

The event runs from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 6 on Legion Road. Click here for more information.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/take-home-treasures-to-support-post-6-on-saturday/

Come Dance with the Stars of Carolina on Saturday

CHAPEL HILL- It’s time to cheer on Chapel Hill luminaries as they kick up their heels for a good cause.

The second annual Dancing with the Stars of Carolina takes place Saturday night at Kenan Stadium, and all proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Chapel Hill.

Event organizer and Board Chair Marla Benton says the club will meet a real need in our area.

“With Chapel Hill having over 600 families living below poverty, and children who are unsupervised at home and not having a safe place to go, this will be very important,” says Benton.

UNC Professor Debby Stroman will be one of the dancers gracing the floor. She says the wide range of participants is a great example of town and gown collaboration.

“It is one of the best examples of how we can work together as a university and a community,” says Stroman. “So we have a lot of people who are employed at the university and then of course, residents of the community. So it’s a nice mix.”

Other local celebrities include Chamber of Commerce President Aaron Nelson, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Assistant UNC Soccer Coach Grant Porter, and Tina Cunningham, wife of Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham.

They’ve been practicing their moves for months, and on Saturday they’ll be judged by a panel of dance professionals and celebrity judges, including UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell, soccer star Carla Overbeck and basketball star Charlotte Smith.

Doors open at 7 o’clock and the dancing starts at 8 0’clock. Click here to find out more.

http://chapelboro.com/news/non-profit-news/come-dance-with-the-stars-of-carolina-on-saturday/

Homebrew for Hunger

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew
Cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two
The Homebrewer can, Oh the Homebrewer can
The Homebrewer can ’cause he/she mixes it with love and 
makes the world taste good…
(My interpretation of the Willy Wonka/Aubrey Woods/Sammy Davis Jr. classic, “The Candy Man“)

I like it when goodwill is served straight up in a frosty mug of craft beer. The inaugural Homebrew for Hunger Festival (H4H) on Saturday, November 12th, is one of those Chapel Hill events that bundles a lot of greatness into a tidy package of Try Not To Love This. 

Several breweries with open doors to the public dot the Triangle beerscape, and I support all those big little guys, from Carolina Brewery to Aviator. H4H excites me because it provides an opportunity to spotlight the homebrewer – my favorite mad scientist. Spruce, cardamom, oatmeal, cocoa, green tea, apple must…there’s room for all these ingredients in beer, says the homebrewer, just maybe not all those ingredients in the same batch. “Homebrew for Hunger expects to showcase beers from over 30 homebrewers. Already 19 homebrewers have registered offering more than 100 gallons of homebrew for the tasting session including Smoked Milk Stout, Rye IPA, Chinese Green Tea Ale, and Belgian Orange Spiced Ale.”

In addition to celebrating local beer, the event organizers from Fifth Season Gardening Company will raise their glasses to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. “Proceeds from Homebrew for Hunger will feed hungry children in central and eastern North Carolina. The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina serves 150,000 pounds of food every day to more than 500,000 individuals. North Carolina is among five states with statistically significant higher rates of household food insecurity than the U.S. national average.”

Highlights from the event will include “Homebrew U”, demonstrations on homebrewing basics, a panel discussion featuring craft brewers from Mystery Brewing, Fullsteam, and Bull City Burger & Brewery as well as tastings from the participants. 

The Deets:
Tickets are $20 each, and are available at www.homebrewforhunger.com as well as Fifth Season Gardening Company locations in Carrboro and Raleigh
Saturday, November 12th
12pm – 5pm
at the West End Public event space, 462 West Franklin Street, in downtown Chapel Hill

IMO, you can’t beat Brixx Pizza on Monday for $1.95 pints of almost two dozen local and domestic craft beers. What are your favorite spots in the Chapelboro to share a locally made beer with friends? 

http://chapelboro.com/columns/orange-zest/homebrew-for-hunger/

The Great Shoot Out in the Garden

On Sunday, October 9th, Kidzu Museum of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is hosting the Great Shoot Out of 2011 at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

What’s the Great Shoot Out?

The Great Shoot Out is a fun way to get a professional portrait by one of North Carolina’s kid-friendliest photographers for a great deal! Sessions can feature up to seven people, dogs, cats and what/whoever else you’d like to have in a snappy photo. All funds benefit the amazing programming at Kidzu Children’s Museum. I am one of the professional photographers who will be on hand that day. What fun it will be to have a bunch of a great families in a gorgeous setting doing good deeds together. The event runs from 9 to 4:30.

What is Kidzu?

If you are a Chapel Hill parent with younger kids you most likely know Kidzu very well, but for the rest of you, Kidzu Children’s Museum is an interactive museum for young children and families located in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina.Their mission is to inspire children and the adults in their lives to learn through play. In a town full of activities geared towards college students it is a special oasis for people raising children in the Hill.

I recently spoke with Marie Ong-Tighe of the museum about the event. She told me that in addition to the fundraising photographer sessions, they are also running free, fun, fall activities such as squash bowling, fairy house building, and a Music Together class with Erica Berry to showcase what the Kidzu community is all about.

Said, Ong-Tighe, “We would love to see families come by even if they don’t have sessions, since this is the second year of this fundraiser and Kidzu is hoping to make it a successful annual event. It would be great if people got to experience what a fun fall family event the Great Shoot Out can be!”

You can sign up for a session on-line at The Great Shoot Out 2011.

What is Happening with Kidzu?

Well, if you have been by recently you will see that the location at 105 East Franklin Street is closed. Dennis Schaecher, Kidzu’s board chair, explained to me that in November 2009, the Town of Chapel Hill unanimously voted to provide Kidzu a site for our expansion museum just a block from their original location on top of the Wallace Deck. They hope to welcome visitors to the new site in 2014. To make that dream a reality they are raising an incremental $7.5 million. Until then, they will be located at 123 West Franklin Street, Suite B, on the rear side of University Square. They will open the interim space shortly before Thanksgiving.

Recent fundraising events have included a Kids Rock! concert at Forest Theatre featuring outhern Culture on the Skids, Tim Smith, Mister John Saylor, Flying Hippo; a Kidzu Pirate Party; and a Kidzu Popsicle Party featuring Locopops. The photos below are from that event.

Imagine an awesome, new museum here!

Opal and Margot Benrimo stay cool at the misting station.

The Levinson Family came to celebrate. From left to right they are Savanna Levinson, Howie Levinson, Gavin Levinson, Hutch Levinson and Melanie Hatz Levinson. Hatz Levinson is the curator of exhibits and is really excited about transforming the Wallace Parking Deck into a beautiful, new 15,000 square foot museum for children with exhibits indoors and out.

Theo and Erika Buckholtz plant flowers and to establish roots for Kidzu, along with Cornelia Nisbet, right.

Schaecher said, “We are really fortunate to have such a talented group of photographers volunteer their time for this event. It is a great chance for local families to have a professional photo taken of their family at a reduced rate just in time for the holidays. I encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity. It is easy to sign up by going to http://www.greatshootout2011.com/

See you there!!!!

http://chapelboro.com/columns/snapshots-from-the-hill/the-great-shoot-out-in-the-garden/