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Local People Making A Difference


In this regular feature, New Homes & Ideas seeks to recognize local builders making a difference in the lives of their neighbors. If you know of a business that hosts a building project where proceeds will go to charity and whose contribution might serve as a model for others, please email Darcia Black at d_black@newhomesandideas.com.

The Hamptons Hosts Event to Raise more than $60,000 For UNC Children’s Hospital

HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties
Dr. Carl Harris surrounded by 17 of the 18 awardees
of HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham
Counties scholarships for 2009.

The Hamptons is excited to announce that the third annual N.C. Children's Hospital gala surpassed a record-breaking fundraising net of more than $60,000. The Kentucky Derby-themed gala, entitled “Run for the Promise,” was organized by the N.C. Children's Promise and held on Saturday, May 2. The Hamptons donated its Historic Homeplace as the gala's venue, playing host to hundreds of guests from across the state who purchased tickets and sponsorships to attend the Children's Hospital event.

The Run for the Promise Gala combined the elegance of the Kentucky Derby with exciting entertainment. Guests enjoyed the Derby Day theme combined with live music and dancing, lawn games, a silent auction, and plasma screens broadcasting the “Run for the Roses.” Net proceeds from the gala will benefit programs and services left unfunded by the Children's Hospital's clinical revenues. "The Hamptons was the ideal venue for our third annual gala," said Crystal Miller, Director of the N.C. Children's Promise. "The historic charm of the Homeplace, the rolling, green hills—it was like being in Kentucky for the actual Derby. And through The Hamptons' generosity and logistical support, we literally saved thousands in expenses, and that means more money goes back to the Children's Hospital." "I am inspired by all the folks who stepped forward to assist us in this cause," said Rex Vick, Jr., CEO of Windjam Development and developer of The Hamptons. "It is a testament to what the Children's Hospital symbolizes—not just in this area but throughout the state. We’re ecstatic to have helped the hospital exceed its fundraising goal."

Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden Hosts a Holiday Festival with a Heart
Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden is having its annual holiday festival on Sunday, November 8th, 2009. The all-day event will feature the Blue Star Mothers of America from 12pm to 3pm who will be collecting items to send to our overseas military personnel. The items that are donated will be sent to the troops serving overseas in holiday care packages. A list of requested items is available at www.atlanticavenueorchid.com. Cash donations will be used to pay for the postage of these packages. They will also be providing cards for children to color that will be sent to the troops. In the evening, starting at 5pm, the holiday festival will focus on Hospice of Wake County with a performance from the Oakwood Waits, book signings by renowned garden authors, Roy Dicks and Pam Baggett, a silent auction and more, all in a breathtakingly decorated holiday setting.

New Homes and Ideas Staff Goes Behind Bars for "Good"

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On August 27th Darcia Black and Jodi Sauerbier with New Homes and Ideas magazine went behind bars for “good” to help raise money for Jerry’s Kids and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Many friends, family, builders and industry partners joined together to raise over $1500 to free the duo from behind bars. Thank you to all of those that participated! Over this past Labor Day weekend the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raised $60,481,231 million. The funds will allow the Muscular Dystrophy Association to continue funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Contributions also provide assistance with purchase of equipment such as wheelchairs and leg braces; send thousands of children to MDA summer camp; and support more than 200 MDA clinics across the country. If you would like more information on this charity or to make a donation please go to www.mda.org.