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Center for HomeOwnership wins HOPE award

The Center for Home Ownership (CHO) in Winston-Salem has been named a recipient of a HOPE award, a national industry accolade, for its commitment to helping minority families achieve and sustain their dream of buying and owning a home.


The award is conferred by a partnership of several real-estate organizations, including the National Association of Realtors in Washington, D.C. CHO was among seven organizations/individuals, and the only one in North Carolina, to earn the award. It was cited in the education category for its decade-long role as a full-service housing counseling center in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, to which thousands have turned for pre-purchase counseling, credit rebuilding, homebuyer education, budgeting assistance, and other services. To date, it has helped more than 900 families, including many minority families, achieve first-time home ownership, with a foreclosure rate of less than 2 percent.


“We are deeply honored and grateful to the partnership sponsors for their recognition of CHO,” says Peter Laroche, president and CEO of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth Inc., CHO’s parent organization. “Education is requisite in the complex process of homeownership. CHO strives to provide our communities with tools they need to make informed choices toward achieving their dreams.”

Wake Forest Baptist faculty earn various awards

Two Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center faculty – Bettina Beech, Ph.D., professor of social sciences and health policy, and Dr. Amy McMichael, professor of dermatology, have been accepted into the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM), a training program for women in medicine. The program’s mission is to increase the number of women in leadership positions at academic health centers and their success rate in attaining and remaining in these positions.


Additionally, Dr. Ryan Stone, an instructor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow in maternal fetal medicine, and Dr. Jim Rose, interim chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, received honors at the 58th annual meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. Rose received the 2011 Frederick Naftolin Award for Mentorship, which recognizes significant contributions to training and career development of society members working in the field of reproductive and women’s health. Stone earned an award for one of the top presentations by a fellow in training at the March 16-19 meeting. His winning presentation and poster was titled “Gender Related Effects of Prenatal Steroid Exposure on Renal Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 in Fetal Programmed Hypertension.”

A group of faculty and research fellows from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center also received the 2011 Best Poster Overall award at the eighth annual American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) conference. The award winning poster, titled “Health Related Quality of Life, Depressive Symptoms and Distress Before and After Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation,” was created by Richard McQuellon, Ph.D., and Ken Zamkoff, department of hematology and oncology; Greg Russell, director of the public health sciences division; Drs. David Hurd, Denise Levitan, and Seema Naik of internal medicine; and Brendan McQuellon, Cassie Campbell, Katie Duckworth and Jen Sommer.


Additionally, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center volunteer Charity Byrum has received the 2011 Forsyth County Governor’s award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in the student volunteer category. To date, she has contributed more than 575 hours of volunteer service and has participated in the Volunteen program for four summers.


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Greater N.C. Combined Federal Campaign increases giving

The Greater North Carolina Area Combined Federal Campaign (GNCACFC) has increased its 2010 giving, raising a total of $1,169,068. It is the first increase in five years for the local Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is based in Greensboro.


CFC, formerly the Piedmont Triad Campaign, merged with the Greater North Carolina Area Combined Federal Campaign last year. In January 2011, Charlotte and surrounding counties merged with the GNCACFC. This Combined Federal Campaign now covers 56 counties in North Carolina and seven counties in South Carolina – the largest CFC in North Carolina. There are more than 30,000 federal employees who can donate to 2,700 approved charities.


The top 10 agencies with the highest increases over the previous year were:

  • USPS, Nashville, 1,225%
  • Social Security Administration, Durham, 875%
  • USPS, Hollister, 580%
  • Navy Operational Support Center, Greensboro, 569.5%
  • Transportation Security Administration, Greensboro, 443.4%
  • Uwharrie National Forest, Troy, 370%
  • USPS, Thomasville, 358.5%
  • Social Security Administration, Reidsville, 333.3%
  • USPS, Bennett, 300%
  • USPS, Graham, 204.1%

To learn more, call (336) 337-8834.

High Point Museum honors volunteers

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the High Point Museum hosted a reception April 11 for its volunteers. National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 when former President Richard Nixon signed an executive order to establish the week as an annual celebration of volunteering.


The theme for National Volunteer Week is “Celebrating People in Action.””National Volunteer Week, a signature event of Points of Light Institute, celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the country.


During the past year, 60 volunteers ranging in age from teens to senior adults worked 2,483 hours valued at $51,696.06 at the museum. Volunteers have served in almost every area of operations, including giving tours, answering phones, stuffing envelopes, selling souvenirs, inventorying artifacts, planning special events, assisting fundraising efforts and promoting Historical Society memberships.


“With our staff reduced by about half in the past two years, we are relying on our volunteers more than ever,” says Edith Brady, museum director. “We couldn’t offer all the programs and services we do without them. They are critical to our efforts in preserving High Point’s history.”


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