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To provide new books for the outdated library, particularly in the technology section.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