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Carolina Panthers Community Report

  1. 1. Carolina Panthers Communit y Repor t
  2. 2. CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ CommunityÊ Relations 800 South Mint Street Charlotte, NC 28202 704-358-7000 ContactÊ Information PhotoÊ Credit TinaÊ Becker SteveÊ Decaro Cheerleader/MascotÊ Manager DwayneÊ Woodard JarridÊ Danburg KentÊ Smith MascotÊ Coordinator StanÊ Cochrane CrystalÊ Dunham CommunityÊ RelationsÊ Manager RileyÊ Fields DirectorÊofÊCommunityÊRelationsÊ&Ê Cheerleader/MascotÊ Programs RichelleÊ Grant CheerleaderÊ ProgramÊ Assistant PeteÊ Vacho YouthÊ FootballÊ Manager BernadetteÊ Washington CommunityÊ RelationsÊ Assistant
  4. 4. CommunityÊ OutreachÊ The Carolina Panthers Community Relations department develops partnerships and programs that strive to make positive impacts on the lives of children and families in our region. Through these efforts, the team works to address the needs of many families, while providing a direct connection between the team and communities throughout the Carolinas. Adopt-A-Family CommunityÊ HolidayÊ Party CountdownÊ toÊ KickoffÊ Luncheon Panthers players and staff adopt fami- Each holiday season, Panthers players, The Countdown to Kickoff Luncheon lies through the Mecklenburg County’s TopCats, Sir Purr and Santa share din- presented by CPI Security Systems Department of Social Services and pro- ner and presents at this annual party and hosted by the Charlotte Sports vide toys, clothes and meals to families that brightens the lives of 150 under- Commission and Charlotte Touchdown in need each holiday season. privileged children during the holiday Club is an annual charitable fundraising season. luncheon benefiting Classroom Central CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ Ê held prior to the start of the Panthers CourageÊ House CommunityÊ QuarterbackÊ Award football season. Over 1,200 fans attend The Carolina Panthers Courage House The Carolina Panthers Community the event, which introduces players provides temporary out-of-home care Quarterback Award program honors and coaching staff while generating for teenage young men whose lives community volunteers in North and excitement for the upcoming season. are in crisis. The home receives finan- South Carolina who have demonstrated cial support and other in-kind services an outstanding commitment to improv- HarrisÊ TeeterÊ HarvestÊ Feast from the team which assists in provid- ing their communities through volun- Team partner Harris Teeter provides ing counseling, guidance and structure teerism. The program also provides an annual Thanksgiving program sup- needed to turn their lives around and financial support to the agencies in ported by the team in which a tradi- return to their families. The home is which the recipients volunteer. tional Thanksgiving meal is provided administered by Youth Homes, Inc. to over 5,000 people in need at the Charlotte Convention Center.
  5. 5. “ As an NFL player, you have a tremendous opportunity to make a direct impact on kids, plus create special memories for others. It’s one of the best parts of my job. ” —Jake Delhomme 03
  6. 6. CommunityÊ Outreach HalloweenÊ HospitalÊ Visit HometownÊ Huddle game tickets, the children are invited Each Halloween, the Carolina Panthers to the Panthers sideline prior to the Each fall, the Panthers partner with rookie class delivers candy and Panthers game to receive a special visit from a the United Way of Central Carolinas to goodies to children at the Levine Chil- Panthers player, mascot Sir Purr and complete a hands-on community ser- dren’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical watch the pre-game festivities. vice project that benefits a deserving Center, who otherwise would not be United Way agency. Panthers players Make-A-WishÊ Foundation able to enjoy a traditional Halloween donate their time to worthwhile proj- experience. The Carolina Panthers enjoy a strong ects such as Habitat for Humanity, partnership with the Make-A-Wish refurbishing a children’s playground HolidayÊ FoodÊ Drive Foundation of Central and Western and making improvements to a Boys The Carolina Panthers partner with North Carolina, as well as providing and Girls Club. The Salvation Army and Panthers fans support to other chapters across the to host the annual food drive held KeepÊ PoundingÊ forÊ KidsÊ Ê country. The team provides terminally prior to a Panthers home game each TicketÊ Program ill children and their families, or those November that benefits The Salvation During the season, the Carolina facing significant health crisis, with a Army’s emergency food bank. Panthers invite a terminally ill or hospi- lifetime memory by assisting in grant- talized child and their family to attend ing Panthers-related wishes. a Panthers home game. In addition to 04 CommunityÊ Report
  7. 7. OperationÊ WelcomeÊ Home components. The program is a part- favorite Panthers players at a local nership with United Way of Central retail store during the holidays. The annual program recognizes nine Carolinas, Charlotte-Mecklenburg decorated service personnel represent- Schools and the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ StuffÊ theÊ Bus ing all branches of the military who Nest Council. The Carolina Panthers partner with have recently returned home from Classroom Central, Harris Teeter and tours of duty in the Middle East. The PSLÊ TicketsÊ forÊ KidsÊ Program Panthers fans for this annual school program provides soldiers and their PSL holders who cannot attend a supplies collection drive. Panthers fans families a unique experience at Bank Panthers home game are encouraged annually generate tons of needed sup- of America Stadium with Panthers to donate their tickets to this program. plies, which are donated to Classroom players, as well as the surprise oppor- Tickets are distributed to underprivi- Central, a retail store which allows tunity to lead the team onto the field leged children through agencies such as teachers to shop for free supplies for during a Panthers home game. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls their students and classrooms. PowerÊ ofÊ Girls Clubs and a host of mentoring and non- profit organizations in the Carolinas. ToysÊ forÊ Tots A six-month self-esteem/leadership The annual Marine Corps Reserves program for middle school girls ShopÊ withÊ aÊ Panther collection generates thousands of designed to offer projects that have The program provides at-need children toys which provide a brighter holiday a lasting impact through educational, with $100 gift cards to shop with their season for some of the area’s most physical fitness and character building economically-challenged families. Ò Ê ÊOurÊ teamÊ isÊ honoredÊ toÊ bearÊ theÊ nameÊ ofÊ theÊ Carolinas,Ê andÊ weÊ areÊ happyÊ toÊ serveÊ theÊ communitiesÊ thatÊ makeÊ upÊ theseÊ twoÊ energeticÊ states.Ê OurÊ players,Ê staffÊ andÊ ownershipÊ groupÊ areÊ proudÊ toÊ callÊ theÊ CarolinasÊ home.Ê Ñ JerryÊ Richardson Ó 05
  8. 8. EducationÊ The Carolina Panthers work with schools across the two-state region to promote personal growth of students and enrich their academic experiences through a variety of programs. ClassroomÊ Central NFLÊ Tuesdays PlayÊ ItÊ Smart Classroom Central is a retail store Each Tuesday during the NFL season, The Panthers and the National Football which allows teachers to shop for Panthers players contribute their time Foundation’s Play It Smart program classroom supplies free of charge. during their only day off to reach out have fostered a successful partnership The team partnered with the Charlotte to the community through a variety of with Columbia (SC) High School with Chamber and Charlotte-Mecklenburg efforts. From speaking at schools and the focus of improving student-athletes’ Schools to create the store which participating in community service proj- academic development, character and serves over 7,000 teachers annually ects, players are constantly engaged community service. with $3.5 million of free school sup- in making positive impacts on the plies. In addition to financial support region’s children. ReadÊ AcrossÊ AmericaÊ Day and supply donations, the team is Each March, the team celebrates actively involved in the promotion and NumbersÊ Crunch Dr. Seuss’ birthday by participating in marketing of the store’s service to The Numbers Crunch is a marquee Read Across America Day at a local resource-challenged classrooms. math competition for high school math elementary school. Panthers players, teams in North and South Carolina Sir Purr and members of the TopCats CharacterÊ EducationÊ Program held at Bank of America Stadium. The spend time reading and promoting the The Panthers Character Team features competition uses football variables importance of literacy in this annual Panthers players in a free program that to challenge “mathletes” in physics, program. helps middle schools supplement their geometry and other problem-solving existing character education programs. disciplines. Ò The nine-month initiative also selects a student character all-star team at the I’ve seen how the positive messages we bring to kids can conclusion of each school year. beÊ aÊ bigÊ influenceÊ onÊ them.Ê ToÊ thinkÊ IÊ canÊ beÊ partÊ ofÊ thatÊ experienceÊ isÊ amazing.Ê Ó Ñ JonÊ Beason
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  10. 10. HealthÊ &Ê FitnessÊ The Carolina Panthers are recognized as a League leader in the programming and support of youth health and fitness initiatives. The team supports the NFL’s “Play 60” initiative, which encourages children to get 60 minutes of exercise each day, with a variety of programs designed to curb the rise in childhood obesity while helping children establish positive health and fitness habits. CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ FitÊ Blitz CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ PlayÊ 60Ê Ê home games. Each season, the combine The Carolina Panthers Fit Blitz is a partner- FitÊ CityÊ Challenge provides thousands of families with a The Carolina Panthers Play 60 Fit City unique gameday experience and promotes ship program between the team, Charlotte- Challenge is an annual fitness competition youth fitness through a variety of football Mecklenburg Schools and HOPSports. for elementary and middle schools in skills and drills. Carolina Panthers Charities, through a grant from the NFL, provided financial support to Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The program helps PanthersÊ PlayÊ 60Ê PepÊ Rallies purchase a HOPSports fitness system, as motivate teachers, students and staff to meet the state mandate requiring 30 min- The Panthers Play 60 Pep Rally program well as a dedicated cargo van to transport utes of physical activity for students during is a high-energy program that encourages the curriculum equipment for use at special the school day. proper fitness and nutrition lifestyles to ele- middle school events throughout the year. mentary and middle school students. The The program serves 30,000 students LetÊ UsÊ PlayÊ SportsÊ CampÊ forÊ Girls team visits schools in the region with play- annually. A one-day sports camp for the Power of ers, Sir Purr and the TopCats to motivate and CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ FitÊ Squad Girls participants. The camp features four inspire kids in this fun-filled fitness event. An innovative youth physical fitness pro- sports: Carolina Panthers Junior Training WhatÊ MovesÊ U gram designed to give elementary teachers Camp, cheerleading, basketball and track & field. The purpose of the camp is to intro- This NFL-created physical fitness program an easy-to-use resource to help them pro- duce the concept of team sports and fitness is designed for middle school students and vide their students with 30 minutes of programs, as well as expose the girls to was developed in partnership with the physical activity each school day. The free new sports and fitness activities which they American Heart Association. The free cur- multi-media program is used in thousands might not have previously experienced. riculum is distributed to middle schools of classrooms in the Carolinas and features throughout the Carolinas and is designed to Panthers players, Sir Purr and the TopCats. Levine Children’s Hospital Fit Squad incorporate physical activity into daily class- Kid’s Combine room lessons. A free, interactive attraction located on the Panthers practice field held prior to Panthers
  11. 11. “ It’s important for kids to be healthy. I feel the efforts we make in encouraging and educating kids about getting proper exercise will create good habits that stay with them their whole lives. —Steve Smith ” 09
  12. 12. YouthÊ andÊ PrepÊ FootballÊ The Carolina Panthers are strong supporters of youth and prep football in North and South Carolina and are a League leader in the development and promotion of the sport. The team is committed to building the sport of football at the grass- roots level with over 30 team and league-based programs. ChallengerÊ LeagueÊ FlagÊ Ê youth, middle and high school football National Champions from North FootballÊ Program players the chance to learn more about and South Carolina. The high school A flag football league designed to give football and features instruction from display is located inside Bank of children and young adults with disabili- local high school coaches, referees and America Stadium’s East gate and ties the opportunity to participate in a area high school players. the youth football display is located safe, structured recreational program inside the stadium’s South gate. LittleÊ PanthersÊ GameÊ ofÊ theÊ and provide participants with the joyful WeekÊ TVÊ Series AdditionalÊ YouthÊ andÊ PrepÊ experience of being part of a team. The Emmy-nominated television series of FootballÊ Programs program is a partnership between the four (4) Pop Warner youth football Carolinas Connection • Community team, Mecklenburg County Park & games televised “network style” dur- Captain • Harris Teeter High School Recreation Department’s therapeutic ing the youth football season. The pro- Football Challenge • High School recreation division and Pop Warner gram gives youth football players and 7-on-7 Passing Camp • High School Football. Carolina Panthers Charities cheerleaders the thrill of playing in a Coach of the Week • National High provides grant funding for the program, televised game and features play-by- School All-Star Combine • NFL/NFF as well as financial support for the play commentary, instant replay and Coaching Academy • NFL Flag Football creation of new Challenger programs sideline reports. All games are played • NFL Junior Player Development • throughout the Carolinas. at Charlotte’s 24,000-seat Memorial Highlight Heroes • Youth Football Team CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ JuniorÊ Ê Stadium and televised on Time Warner of the Week • Cheer Squad of the TrainingÊ Camp Cable. Week • NFL Flag Saturdays • Play The Junior Training Camp travels to Football Month • Pop Warner National SirÊ PurrÊ BowlÊ HalftimeÊ Exhibition Championship Media Day • Pop more than 30 communities in North A halftime favorite of Panthers fans, Warner Simultaneous Kick Off • and South Carolina each year reaching this annual youth football exhibition Pop Warner Football Travel Grant over 7,500 children. The free, non- provides kids with the experience of a Program • Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas contact grassroots program teaches lifetime…playing in front of 70,000 fans Partnership • Combine • football position skills and encourages in an NFL stadium. USA Football Coaching School • USA children to lead active and fit lifestyles. Youth Football Forum • Youth Football FootballÊ MomÊ 101 YouthÊ andÊ HighÊ SchoolÊ Ê Post • Youth Football and Cheerleading WallÊ ofÊ Champions The Carolina Panthers partner with the Coach Recruitment Drive • ESL Flag The Wall of Champions are two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Athletic Football • High School Girls Flag museum-style exhibits featuring framed Department to offer this free, two-hour Football • Youth Football Camp jerseys of high school football state workshop held at Bank of America • Youth Football Jamboree champions from North and South Stadium. The program gives moms of Carolina, plus all Youth Football 10 CommunityÊ Report
  13. 13. “ Teamwork, dedication and responsibility are some of the basic values that kids learn through football, and those lessons stick with them as they grow into the people they will become. —Donte’ Curry ” 11
  14. 14. SirÊ PurrÊ andÊ theÊ TopCatsÊ The Panthers loveable and energetic mascot, Sir Purr and the Panthers TopCats cheerleaders provide support to the team’s outreach programs by participating in team, community and charity events throughout the year. They support the team’s work at schools, hospitals, and events for organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the United Way and other non-profit health and human services agencies. In addition to supporting the team’s community outreach programs, Sir Purr and the TopCats make hundreds of appearances annually. Purr’s Pals Sack the EOG’s JuniorÊ TopCats Sir Purr has partnered with Big Brothers During each spring, Sir Purr and a During each fall, girls from across the Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte to member of the TopCats visit area Carolinas have an opportunity to team befriend eight “Littles” each season. schools to help the students get ready up with the TopCats and learn dance In addition to regular email and written for important End of Grade testing by and cheer skills during a three-day correspondence with Sir Purr, each providing valuable test-taking tips in clinic. At the end of the clinic, the Little and Big are invited to a Panthers a fun-filled program. Junior TopCats shining moment is game as Sir Purr’s special guests in a performance during halftime of a which they enjoy the memorable expe- Sir Purr’s Hospital Visit Panthers home game. rience of delivering the game ball to Sir Purr makes frequent visits to the Sir Purr on the field prior to kickoff. Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas LoveÊ inÊ theÊ Community Medical Center spreading cheer to “Love in the Community” is the theme patients and their families. of the TopCats and TopCats alumnae charitable endeavors. The squad annu- ally selects a variety of community initiatives to support through their volunteerism efforts. Ò Ê There is true joy in helping others. It is a privilege forÊ meÊ toÊ representÊ theÊ organizationÊ inÊ suchÊ aÊ wayÊ thatÊ allowsÊ meÊ toÊ serveÊ theÊ community.Ê Ñ DeAnna    TopCat Pro-Bowl Representative Ó 12 CommunityÊ Report
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  16. 16. CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ CharitiesÊ Carolina Panthers Charities works year-round to assess the needs of communities within North and South Carolina and to help impact positive change. Since its inception, the team has made charitable contributions and donations to hundreds of deserving agencies and non-profit organizations. CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ CharitiesÊ of graduate degrees. The $10,000 competing on the Bank of America GrantsÊ Program scholarships are awarded on the basis Stadium game field and the Panthers Since 1994, Carolina Panthers Charities of leadership, citizenship and academic practice fields. This unique event is a has helped hundreds of worthy non- merit. perennial sell out and has raised over profit agencies in the Carolinas meet $150,000 to support community KeepÊ PoundingÊ Campaign assets including the Levine Children’s the needs of their communities through The Keep Pounding campaign pro- Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center an annual grants program. Panthers vides an ongoing effort with a variety and the Carolina Panthers Courage Charities supports a wide range of of initiatives to support the Keep House. youth initiatives including arts, athletic, Pounding Fund, which is administered civic, educational and human service by Carolinas HealthCare Foundation. NFLÊ LocalÊ AgencyÊ GrantsÊ Program programs. The Keep Pounding campaign is the Each season, 50–75 youth athletic orga- CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ PlayersÊ SamÊ team’s signature effort to assist in the nizations in the Carolinas receive grants MillsÊ MemorialÊ ScholarshipÊ Fund medical research efforts in the fight up to $3,500 each from the NFL and The Carolina Panthers Players Sam against cancer at Carolinas Medical the Carolina Panthers to assist in the Mills Memorial Scholarship was estab- Center’s Blumenthal Cancer Center. development of youth football programs. lished to honor the late Sam Mills, KeepÊ PoundingÊ GameÊ DayÊ Ê NFLÊ GrassrootsÊ FieldÊ Grants the team’s beloved player and coach. SilentÊ Auction Through a partnership with the NFL The $5,100 scholarship is funded by Fans of the Carolina Panthers have the Youth Football Fund and LISC, a com- Panthers players and recognizes grad- opportunity to bid on authentic Panthers munity development organization, the uating senior high school student- memorabilia prior to each home game team has helped award $550,000 in athletes on the basis of academic at the Panthers CatWalk game day grants during the past six years to build achievement, school and community attraction, and at the Red Zone on youth football fields in the Carolinas to involvement and record of leadership the stadium’s club level. All proceeds benefit organizations such as the Boys and citizenship. benefit the Keep Pounding Fund. & Girls Club, Pop Warner Football and CarolinaÊ PanthersÊ Ê The Salvation Army. ScholarshipÊ Fund MillerÊ LiteÊ WeekendÊ WarriorÊ FlagÊ FootballÊ Tournament The team awards annual scholarships Each spring, 128 adult flag football to college student-athletes in North teams experience the thrill of and South Carolina who are in pursuit 14 CommunityÊ Report
  17. 17. “ Giving others the gift of resources can help in ways that are hard to imagine. A well-planted seed can grow into something bigger than you ever imagined. ” —Steve Smith 15
  18. 18. DonationsÊ The Carolina Panthers are proud to provide needed support to our friends and neighbors across the region. Each year the team makes contributions to hundreds of community groups, non-profit agencies and schools through grants funding, merchandise donations and player appearances. The following is a sample listing of some of organizations throughout the Carolinas that have recently received assistance from the team. A Better World Communities in Schools of the Charleston Fuller GT Magnet Elementary School A Second Breath Foundation Area, Inc. Gaston County Family YMCA Abbeville Area Medical Center Community Health Services George Rogers Foundation of the Carolinas, Inc. ACORN Community Organization Craven Regional Medical Center Foundation Germanton Elementary School Albemarle Road Elementary Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America GFWC Fuquay-Varina Junior Woman’s Club Allegro Foundation Cystic Fibrosis Foundation—Carolinas Chapter Girl Scouts ALS Association David W. Butler High School Glen Alpine Elementary School Alzheimer’s Association Davidson County Community Action, Inc. Gold Hill Elementary Ambassador Baptist College Davidson United Methodist Church Golden Strip Family YMCA American Cancer Society Deeper Life Helping Hand Ministry Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont American Children’s Home Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity Goose Creek High School American Diabetes Association Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club Granite Quarry Elementary School American Exchange Improvements Dimes for Darfur Greater Carolinas Red Cross American Heart Association disAbility Resource Center Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce American Red Cross Discovery Place Kids & Tourism American Renaissance Middle School Donor’s Choose Gregg Middle School Anderson Soccer Academy Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte Guilford County Animal Shelter Animal Protection Society of Durham Downtown Middle School Gulf War Memorial Anitoch Elementary Drayton Hall Elementary H.L. McCrorey Family Branch Annunciation Catholic School Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Bern Arthritis Foundation-Carolinas Chapter Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center Halifax Regional Medical Center Autism Society of North Carolina Durham Teacher Warehouse Corp. Hallyburton Elementary Avon Walk for Breast Cancer East Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America Heart Society of Gaston County Aycock Middle School East Lincoln High School Helping Hands Clinic of Caldwell County Baileywick Elementary PTA East Mecklenburg High PTSA Henderson County Department of Social Bald Head Island Conservancy East Wake Middle School Services Ballentine Elementary School Easter Seals UCP North Carolina Hickory Parks & Recreation Department Barber-Scotia College Eastside Academy High Point-Thomasville Chapter American Barnardsville Baptist Church Eckerd Youth Alternatives: Camp E-Ten-Etu Red Cross Barry L. Joyce Local Cancer Support Fund Edisto Beach Elementary School Hilburn Drive Elementary Baucom Elementary School EdVenture Children’s Museum Hillcrest High School for Camp Spearhead Baumholder Middle/High School Ellendale Elementary Hilton Head Preparatory School Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia Elon College Hispanic Cultural Center of Charlotte/CMS Boy Scouts of America—York District Emergency Services United of Person Historic Columbia Foundation Boy Scouts of America, Troop 13 County, Inc. Hope Youth Services, Inc. Boys & Girls Club of Halifax County Enka High School Athletic Boosters Humane Society of Concord & Greater Briar Creek Elementary School Fairforest Elementary School Cabarrus County BSA Troop 49—Back Creek ARP Church Faith Christian School Immaculate Heart of Mary School Buford Elementary School Fall Creek Elementary School Impact Sports International Buncombe County Medical Society Foundation Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Indian Trail Elementary School Cabarrus County Group Homes Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc. Iraqi Freedom Veteran Association Cape Fear Christian Academy Fellowship of Christian Athletes Jacob’s Ladder Job Center, Inc. Carolinas Chapter Arthritis Foundation Ferndale Middle School Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at Northeast Castle Heights Middle School Field of Dreams Foundation Medical Center Catawba Care Coalition Fisher House Foundation, Inc. Jefferson Elementary School Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch of the NAACP Florence Area Literacy Council Jimmy V Foundation Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Forestview High School John Chavis Middle School Chatham Parks Foundation Foster Care of Spartanburg John Motley Morehead Elementary School Children’s Museum of Wilmington Foundation Fighting Blindness Johnston County Arts Council Clinton Elementary School Four Oaks Elementary School Jonesville Elementary Coats Area Chamber of Commerce Frank Adoption Center Joshua’s Farm 16 CommunityÊ Report
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Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas North Carolina 4-H Development Fund Shriners’ Hospitals for Children Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation North Carolina Gang Investigators Association SOAR Academy International North Carolina High School Athletic Association Souper Bowl of Caring Kappa Alpha Chapter Novant Health—Forsyth Medical Center South Carolina Victim Assistance Network Kennedy Middle School Nursery Road Elementary School Spartanburg Boys Home Kensington Elementary School Oak Pointe Elementary School Special Olympics Kershaw Elementary Oakview Elementary School Steele Creek Athletic Association Kids ‘N Community Foundation Ocean Bay Elementary PTO Sterling Montessori Academy & Charter School KinderCare Learning Centers Old Fort Youth Activities Substance Abuse Prevention Services of the King Elementary School Old Pointe Elementary PTO Carolinas Kings Mountain Family YMCA Options to Domestic Violence & Sexual Summersill Elementary PTO Kinston/Lenoir County One-on-One Assault, Inc. Taste of Lexington Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs Orange County Pop Warner Terrell Lane Middle Knights of Columbus of Divine Savior Parish Orange Grove Elementary The Arc of South Carolina Knightsville Elementary Orange Water and Sewer Authority The Charles Lea Center Foundation, Inc. Lake Gaston Retirement Village Foundation Orangewood Children’s Home The Enrichment Center of Lee County, Inc. Lake Norman High School Orchard Park Elementary School PTO, Inc. The Fletcher School Lake Wylie Elementary School Orchard Street Baptist Church The Matthews Help Center Lansdowne Elementary School Our Towns Habitat for Humanity—Women’s The National MS Society Leaphart Elementary School Build The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Learning Together, Inc. Outreach Alliance for Babies, Inc. of Sumter Ledford Middle School Overhills High School Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Inc. Lee Brothers Side Kick Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Tommy Spoon Memorial Foundation LifeSpan Services Parkview Community Foundation, Inc. Torrence Elementary School Lincoln County Literacy Council Peachtree Center Nursing Home Triangle Down Syndrome Network Lincoln County Rotary Pelion Elementary School Triangle Radio Reading Service Literacy Council of Wake County Person County Special Olympics Trinity Oaks Little River Elementary Piedmont Adult Living Services Tustin Memorial Academy Long Bay Symphony Guild Pilot Elementary School U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Lowell Elementary PTO Pinehurst Elementary School Union County Community Shelter Lowrance Middle School Pleasant Ridge Elementary Union County Public Schools MacKay Foundation for Cancer Research Pleasant Union Elementary School Union Cross Elementary Maiden Air Force JROTC Booster Club Polk County Youth Football and Cheerleading United Negro College Fund Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Association United Way Western NC Pontiac Elementary PTO Unity/Sardis Relay for Life March of Dimes Foundation Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. University Meadows Elementary School Marine Corps Celebrity Classic Pope Air Force Base-USAF 43d Services Urban League of Central Carolinas McAlpine Elementary School Squadron US Military/British American Committee Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe Pre-Kindergarten Programs Charlotte- USO North Carolina, Inc. County Mecklenburg Schools Valdese Elementary School Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Providence Spring Elementary School Veterans of Foreign Wars Mecklenburg Optimist Club Pulmonary Hypertension Association Victory Junction Gang Camp Mental Health Association of NC, Inc. Queen’s Grant Community School Virginia Williamson Elementary Methodist Home for Children R.P. Dawkins Middle School Volunteer’s for Youth, Inc. Metrolina AIDS Project Rady Jewish Community Centre Waccamaw Youth Center, Inc. Mid-America Pop Warner Raleigh Jaycees Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club Middle Creek Elementary School PTA Raleigh Rescue Mission Washington Park Elementary School Monroe Middle School Rama Road Elementary Wayne County USBC Youth Association Moses Cone Health System Ramseur Elementary School Waxhaw Elementary School Mothers Unlimited of North Carolina Reach of Macon County West Buncombe Elementary Mount Gallant Elementary Rex Hospital West Iredell Dialysis Center Mount Pleasant High School Rich Hill VFD Ladies Auxiliary White Knoll High School Mt. Airy Elementary School Richland Sertoma Club Williamsburg County Boys to Men Club, Inc. Muscular Dystrophy Association Robert Ward Memorial Education Trust Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network Myers Park High School Rock Hill High School Band of Distinction Wilson County Humane Society National Alliance on Mental Illness Rockingham Moose Lodge Winget Park Elementary National Association for Campus Activities Ronald McDonald House Winston-Salem State University National Association for Gifted Children Room at the Inn, Inc. Women’s Sport Foundation National Kidney Foundation Rowan County Pregnancy Counseling Center Woodland Elementary School Navy Operational Support Center Rutherford Hospital Foundation, Inc. World Children’s Foundation Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. Sacred Heart Cathedral School Wrightsville Beach Elementary New Beginnings Community Church Saint Michael Catholic School Yates Mill Elementary PTA New Covenant Fellowship Church, Inc Salisbury Parks & Recreation Department YMCA of Greater Charlotte-Lake Norman New Hanover Regional Medical Center Scotland Memorial Foundation Branch Foundation Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Inc. York County Government Employees New Hope Elementary Selwyn Elementary School Youth Against Crime & Dream Team Nickelby Project, Inc. Shelter Home of Caldwell County Coaches Club North Albemarle Baptist Church Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Zetas of Charlotte Benevolent Foundation Designed by Curran & Connors, Inc. /