2014 Grants

2014 Grant Recipients

Arts for Life     $5,000

Jan Friedt, sponsor

To underwrite their holiday card sale based on patient art work and to fund two art tables at Mission and the Zeis Cancer Clinic for ill children and their siblings to enjoy in the hospital environment.

Asheville Art Museum     $5,000

Julia Peterson, Miller Williams, co-sponsors

To provide funding for underserved youth to attend art camps and art programs.

Asheville Humane Society     $2,500

Elaine McGuire, sponsor

To help fund their Safety Net Program, which includes pet food assistance, low-cost vaccines, spay and neuter assistance, and veterinary help so that pets can stay with their owners.

Asheville Symphony     $5,000

Ed Eudy, sponsor

To provide support for two educational initiatives to expose children to orchestral music in an effort to help children decide what instrument they want to play.

Asheville Tourists     $2,100

Kevin O’Connor, sponsor

To support The Asheville Tourists Children’s Fund and its “If the Shoe Fits” Program, targeting local needy children.

Avery Creek Elementary School     $5,000

Julia Peterson, sponsor

To provide new books for the outdated library, particularly in the technology section.

Catholic Charities     $1,000

Gayle Hanley, sponsor

To support its Asheville food panty, which serves 3,000 people per year.

Church of the Advocate     $5,000

Bill Dockendorf, sponsor

To expand their two cottage industry opportunities which employ the homeless.

Eblen Charities     $5,000

Susan Ableidinger, sponsor

To provide local children with clothing and shoes through the Student Clothing Project and If the Shoe Fits Program.

Flat Rock Playhouse     $5,000

Nancy and John Thompsons, Kate and Chuck Gass, and Jane and John Maxwell, co-sponsors

To pay for hundreds of local students to attend performances of The Wizard of Oz and Fly (about the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII).

Guardian ad Litem (Asheville Area Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Association)     $2,500  

Kevin O’Connor, sponsor

To support the Children’s Assistance Fund, which provides necessities (eyeglasses, shoes, clothing, school supplies) for children who are in the custody of the Department of Social Services because they have been abused and neglected.

Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina     $3,500

Charles Frederick, sponsor

To support the Preparing and Inspiring Financially Literate Youth Initiative for young Avery’s Creek Elementary School students, many of whom are at-risk.

MANNA FoodBank     $5,000

Sierra Paturalski, sponsor

To support the Food Helpline program which facilitates the application process for people who are eligible for food stamps.

Meals on Wheels     $4,000

Kevin O’Connor, sponsor

To fund their Ensure Program, which provides the free nutritional supplement to approximately 100 frail senior citizens who require it.

MemoryCare     $3,350

Carol Gerson, sponsor

To help fund their Family Caregiver Education Program which supports caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Mission Healthcare Foundation     $3,000

Becky and Dudley Lehman, sponsor

To support Ladies Night Out, which provides free mammograms to uninsured women.

New City Christian School     $1,000

Paul Malone, sponsor

To provide instructional materials to the kindergarten teacher who is instituting a new method of teaching this year.

Pisgah Legal Services     $5,000

Pete Friedt, sponsor

The money will support their Mountain Violence Prevention Program, which secures safety from domestic violence.

Read to Succeed     $1,750

Barb Norman, sponsor

To train volunteers to help children learn to read using a phonics-based, multi-sensory approach.

Sleep Tight Kids     $3,000

Debbie Higgins and the WC Ladies Bible Study Group, sponsors

To provide newly purchased nighttime related items (blankets, pajamas, toothbrushes, etc.) to local children in crisis situations.

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County     $3,300

Dr. W. Leon Elliston, sponsor

To support programs to increase the number of students entering 9th grade to be ready for a successful high school experience and to strengthen support for students in transition who are between grades or between school systems.

Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation     $3,500

Dr. Bruce Elliston, sponsor

To support Project Access, which provides free medical care for the uninsured.

Young Life of Asheville and Buncombe County     $1,000

Dr. Keith Black, sponsor

To support their program which aids disenfranchised middle school and high school students to build relationships with volunteers.

YMCA of Western North Carolina     $5,000

Nancy and John Thompson, sponsors

To fund the YMCA After School Program at Avery’s Creek Elementary.

YWCA of Asheville     $2,000

Robin and Wally Sipos, sponsors

To support the YWCA’s Mother Love program, which provides counseling to pregnant and parenting teens to encourage girls to stay in school.



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