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: www.rafiusa.org/crophop
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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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