Farm Fare, A Culinary Expedition

Enjoy tastings of farm fresh excellence at our first annual Farm Fare! Local restaurants, food artisans and resident farmers will showcase their very best while leading you on a culinary expedition. This event will benefit our local high school students involved with Virtual Enterprise!

Goathouse Refuge Fundraiser: Pizza and Folk Art

Goathouse Refuge Fundraiser: An afternoon of outdoor fun for the whole family featuring brick oven-baked pizza, folk art show and sale, games, cat and kitten care for kids of all ages to benefit the cats and kittens of the Goathouse Refuge.

2015 Crop Hop: RAFI Square Dance & Auction Benefit Dinner

Join us at the Pittsboro Roadhouse and enjoy 2015 Crop Hop:
Live music with The Haywood Billy Goats
-Square dance with live caller
-Silent & Live auctions
-Buffet dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients

Sun., Sep. 13, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
@ Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store
39 West St., Pittsboro, NC 27312
Tix: $35 adults, $15 children
Purchase online:
100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit RAFI’s work on behalf of family farmers.
About RAFI’s Farm Sustainability Program:
Our farm advocates save and strengthen family farms in crisis. We provide financial planning assistance and advocate for farmers to lenders and other agencies.We serve diverse farms ranging from small operations to livestock and commodity farms on thousands of acres. Many of the farms are owned and operated by minority farmers. RAFI provides expert knowledge in complex lending situations and two decades of experience fighting to keep family farmers on the land.

Carolina Boxer Rescue Benefit Night at Hickory Tavern

Carolina Boxer Rescue Benefit Night at Hickory Tavern: Save The Nubs and have a delicious meal at Hickory Tavern in Carborro! When you turn in your itemized receipt on your way out, 10% of the food sales will be donated to Carolina Boxer Rescue. This is only good for 9/16/15 between the hours of 5pm-10pm so make it a date and bring your dog too!

Farmer Foodshare Harvest Ball and Auction

Join us at the Farmer Foodshare Harvest Ball

September 18th – 7 pm

NC Botanical Garden

Join us for dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions as we raise funds to help support local farmers and feed the hungry in our own area.

2nd Annual Triangle Area Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament

2nd Annual Triangle Area Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament: The tournament will include 18 holes of golf, range balls, cart, prizes, box lunch, beverage cart, and goodie bag.  Golfers can relax and enjoy a reception with light Oktoberfest refreshments and brews immediately following the end of the tournament. All golfers welcome!

Jersey Mike’s Hosting Fundraiser Today

Head to Jersey Mike’s Subs on Elliott Road or at Chapel Hill North on MLK Blvd. on Thursday, and 25 percent of your purchase will go to a local man who is raising money for medical care. Kevin Schaefer has spinal muscular atrophy and that’s cost him most of the use of his arms. He’s trying to raise $50,000 for a JACO Robotic Arm. Schaefer joined WCHL’s Ron Stutts Thursday morning, along with local Jersey Mike’s co-owner Brendan Turk. Here his story below:



Carrboro Branch Library Hosts Largest Fundraiser Of The Year

Carrboro Branch Library will host the Friends of Carrboro Library Book Sale Dec. 6 and 7 in the cafeteria at McDougle Middle School.

Linda Browner is in charge of book sales and says this is the group’s biggest fundraiser of the year. She says a lot of the books are brand new and in good condition.

“The Chapel Hill News donated to us 92 brand new books that were sent to them for review and these are the top authors,” she says. “I mean this stuff is really excellent and we’re so happy to get the donations.”

Browner says the money raised from the book sale benefits numerous scholarships, librarian budgets, children’s programs and bonuses for the staff. She says the sale is a great holiday gift option.

“It’s a great opportunity to get some gifts if you’re a person that spends time in the car and wants to listen to a book on a tape or CD,” she says.

A large selection of fiction and nonfiction books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, children’s books and coffee table books will be available for purchase.

The sale will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dec. 6 and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dec. 7. Browner is co-chairing the event along with Dolly Triantafillou.

Smith Middle Assistant Principal In Need Of Kidney Transplant

The assistant principal of Smith Middle School said he’s grateful for the community support he’s received since being diagnosed with end-stage renal disease.

The support has included fundraising for a kidney transplant next year.

“It’s almost like when you’re trying to run in very humid weather,” says Assistant Principal Stephon Goode. “You know, it’s like that all the time – very labored breathing. And then, just muscle fatigue. You know, you feel like you’ve run a marathon after walking up and down the hall one time.”

A huge part of Smith Middle School Assistant Principal Stephon Goode’s job involves visiting classrooms, and observing hallway activity. It’s become a lot harder lately.

A few years ago, Smith Middle School Assistant Principal Stephon Goode was diagnosed with kidney function at around 28 percent.

He began feeling the symptoms he described about two years ago.

“I found out I had tubular necrosis,” said Goode. “The tubes that lead to the kidneys had started to die, and they couldn’t understand why.”

He has other health issues, including diabetes, and he doesn’t rule that out as a contributing factor.

But the onset of the disease happened so fast, and the fluctuation of kidney function was so erratic, that doctors were baffled, according to Goode. He’s been treated by 15 doctors, so far.

“Right now, we’re at about 16 percent kidney function,” said Goode, “and pretty close to the doctors wanting to do dialysis.”

Now 41, he hopes to get a transplant before dialysis becomes necessary. With eight siblings, his chances for finding a donor were pretty good. And sure enough, his oldest sister Donna Ledbetter tested as a match.

He and his wife, Brenda Goode, have two daughters, ages 17 and 2. Goode said he’s not scared so much for himself, but mostly for them.

“I’m really close with my daughters,” said Goode, “and we spend tons of time together. And, you know, as a parent, you don’t ever want them to hurt. You don’t want them to feel fearful. You want to try to keep them from as much of that stuff as possible.

“And it’s kind of a scary situation, in a lot of ways. You know, the little one doesn’t really understand everything. She’s two. But what she’s going to understand is that, pretty much, for almost two months, she won’t get to climb up on me, or I won’t be able to pick her up. You know – those kinds of things.”

Still, his family lifts his spirits. And so does that extended family at Smith Middle School, including the staff, as well as hundreds of his “other kids.”

“Yeah, I have a lot of kids, I really do,” said Goode. “And I wouldn’t have it any other way. You know, I found my niche. And this is where I think I make the biggest impact.

“And the kids here are awesome. The staff is awesome. It’s just a great place to be.”

The school’s football team had its final game a few weeks ago, against McDougle. The opposing coaches got together before the game and decided to dedicate the game to fundraising for Goode’s upcoming surgery, which will likely happen in June, after his older daughter graduates from Chapel Hill High.

“They had food trucks that came out,” said Goode. “They had concessions. They did a bake sale. They also did a really fun activity at halftime, where a lot of our teachers volunteered to get a pie in the face.”

Goode said that the positive side of all this is seeing the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools community come together to supprt him, and he’s grateful.

His surgery will cost between $100,000 and $180,000. He’s also looking at a lifetime of expensive medication, and a lot of post-surgery doctor visits.

Insurance will pay for a lot of it, but not all. So, he took the advice of friends and started a GoFundMe page, with a goal of raising $25,000.

He’s raised $18,633 as of Monday.

If you’d like to help out Smith Middle School Assistant Principal Stephon Goode with his medical expenses,  you can find out more on his GoFundMe page.

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.