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The seventh annual Raleigh Easter returns to the capital city on Saturday, April 12, a week earlier than normal this year. This year, thousands of visitors to this FREE event on Raleigh’s Halifax Mall will find more than 58,000 eggs in more than a half dozen egg hunts from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Visitors will also enjoy games, music, balloons, and inflatables as part of the day’s festivities.
Last year’s crowd saw more than 4,000 children participate in egg hunts on Halifax Mall, located in the Government Complex one block north of the state legislative building (near the Museums of Natural Sciences and History) in Downtown Raleigh. Hunts will take place every half hour between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. this year, with separate zones for children with special needs.
“We love being part of Raleigh and are thrilled to put on this event for the families who live here,” said Matt Stevens, coordinator for Raleigh Easter and pastor at Vintage Church, sponsor of the event. “We’re happy that Raleigh Easter has become a tradition, and we hope to see many more folks come out.”
Raleigh Easter is sponsored by Vintage Church, a non-denominational church with three locations in the Triangle. Although Raleigh Easter isn’t a religious event, the church has scheduled Easter services, beginning with a Maundy Thursday celebration on April 17 at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5 p.m. (see www.vintagenc.com for service locations).
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Following a successful second year of Alzheimer’s Association: Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh (BvB Raleigh), rivalries – blonde and brunette – will again hit the football field June 7, 2014 to help support the fight against Alzheimer’s. In 2013, BvB Raleigh raised over $50,000, exceeding the organization’s initial fundraising goal by more than $10,000.
In its third year in Raleigh, BvB Raleigh will be divided once again to reflect the age-old feud between blondes and brunettes – and compete in a flag football game. Cheerleaders, volunteers, corporate sponsors, media partners and more will also come together to help build awareness, raise funds and encourage participation for a disease that effects more than 18 million people around the world. 2014 season event details are as follows:
2014 EVENT INFORMATION:
Draft Party: Cornerstone Tavern, March 29, 8-11pm
Team Brunette Event: May 3
Team Blonde Event: May 17
2014 GAME DAY INFORMATION:
Where: Saint Mary’s School
900 Hillsborough St Raleigh, NC 27603
When: June 7, 2014; 10 a.m.
“We were extremely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we received from those directly involved, in addition to family, friends, the community and beyond, who helped make the second year of Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh a huge success,” said Cristina Baker, Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh founder. “So many people are affected by this devastating disease and we are thrilled to be able to continue to raise awareness and funds, and above all, show our commitment to ending Alzheimer’s.”
Up from its second-year fundraising goal of $40,000, Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh is working hard to reach a goal of $60,000 in 2014. To help support the organization’s fundraising efforts and ensure every penny raised directly impacts the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter, BvB Raleigh is seeking the help of sponsors. Email BvBRaleigh@gmail.com for sponsorship information.
About Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh
Since its inception in 2005, this special charity has become a nation-wide campaign, spanning more than 25 cities across the United States, each hosting its own tumble of the tresses. To date, Alzheimer’s Association: Blondes vs. Brunettes organizations have raised a whopping $3 million for the Alzheimer’s Association, and continue to grow at a rapid speed throughout the country.
For more information, to donate to Team Blonde or Team Brunette, volunteer for fundraising events and game day, or become a sponsor, please visit www.bvbraleigh.org, “like” us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bvbRaleigh) and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/BvBRaleigh) and Instagram (@BvB_Raleigh).
WHO: In conjunction with the Vasculitis Foundation, friends and family of NC State graduate, Danielle D’Haene, are planning the first annual Vino for Vasculitis silent auction event in her memory.
WHEN: May 3rd, 2014 5:00pm until 8:30pm.
WHERE: Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W Jones Street Raleigh, NC
WHY: The goal of the event is to raise awareness about Vasculitis as well as raise money to benefit the Vasculitis Foundation, an organization dedicated not only to the mission to research and develop new treatments in an effort to better treat, and hopefully one day, cure the disease but to the vasculitis patients and their family members.
HOW: $25 tickets are being sold at celebratingdanielle.bpt.me and include entrance into the silent auction, a glass of wine from Mosaic, food, entertainment, and a night of memories and fun.
MORE: Vino for Vasculitis was created by a group of Danielle’s friends dedicated to honoring her memory and raising awareness about these rare diseases that took her life. Our event has been 100% supported by our community so that we are able to raise as much money as possible for the Vasculitis Foundation. We could not feel more grateful and inspired by the outreach and support we have received.
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The Research Triangle Foundation, a not-for-profit responsible for building the Research Triangle Park back in the 50s, has made a surprise announcement: its been buying up several adjacent properties along I-40. And it intends to build.
The parcels purchased, prime real estate, are called Park Center. Acquired for $17 million and totaling nearly 100 acres — this land will become the geographic and figurative heart of RTP’s redevelopment. Featuring RTP’s first area of mixed-use growth, Park Center will be a new way of living and working for one of America’s most important regions of innovation.
This is not just a redevelopment. RTP was funded by a mix of everyday people, and it is, to this day, pledged to a purpose: to serve North Carolina.
“This is an investment in our shared future,” said Bob Geolas, RTF’s President and CEO. “With Park Center, we want to provide the physical space, engaging community and collaborative environment necessary to attract and nurture the new generation of risk-takers and innovators who will carry our state forward in the decades ahead.”
The Park Center project is bounded by I-40, Davis Drive, N.C. 54 and N.C. 147. The Governor’s Inn and more than a dozen outdated, hulking office buildings on the property, most of which have stood vacant for years, will be razed in the months ahead. The Foundation will work closely with Research Triangle High School, a two-year-old charter school currently operating in converted retail space on one of the acquired parcels, to identify a location for new space for the school within the redevelopment plan.
The proposed mixed-use project is a first for the Foundation, which was created in 1959 as the steward of the Research Triangle Park. Although the Park was the brainchild of former Gov. Luther Hodges, the Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. Archie Davis, the Foundation’s first president, traveled the state raising money from donors big and small with a dream of lifting the state out of its economic mire. The Park has been developed based on an historic partnership. The state provides funding to support our universities, infrastructure, and economic development. The Foundation operates and manages the Park as a private entity with a strong public purpose. RTP remains the only research park in the nation to operate without public funds.
The Park’s mission is simple but revolutionary: to support education, to create knowledge-based jobs for the people of North Carolina and to improve the quality of life across the state. Geolas and the Foundation’s board envision the Park Center redevelopment as embodying that mission. The project will boast a vibrant mix of residential, cafes, restaurants and retail. But this is not just another mixed use development plan. Park Center will be a showcase for new technologies as well as the humanities and a venue for education, entertainment and ingenuity.
“Our founders took a lot of risks in creating the RTP,” said Geolas. “It was their vision, and their generosity of spirit, that brought together business with our universities, that took our state from 49th in the nation to becoming a global leader in life science and technology.”
At its founding, RTP was the largest research park in the world, and quickly became an economic engine for the state. Today it remains the largest research park in North America, known around the globe for such multi-national companies as IBM, Cisco, Cree, Syngenta, RTI, Fidelity Investments, BASF, Biogen IDEC, GlaxoSmithKline, United Therapeutics and Bayer CropScience.
“What we are seeing is a new generation of thinkers and innovators emerge in RTP, “said Geolas. “With Park Center, we will provide the physical space, and collaborative environment needed to support the risk-takers who will carry our state forward to a new future.”
Erin Monday, RTF Communications Director, Monday@rtp.org, 919.433.2017 (direct); 203.560.5002 (cell)
To learn more about RTP and its ongoing story, please follow the organization’s Twitter@TheRTP.