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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, February 12, 2015, Page A9, Image 9

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Submitted photo GIDE participants headed to the circus thanks to the Rotary Club of Clemmons. Agency in need of funds for summer program BY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE A local agency dedicat ed to providing educational alternatives for teenagers who don't have a place to go after school is looking for the public's help with funding. The Guiding Institute c r\ i a_i iui L/cvciupincniai Education Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "enhance the life-long learning, character building capacity for under-served youth and their families." The agency is holding a fundraiser, titled "One Enchanted Evening," a romantic dinner and dance, with , proceeds going to the pro gram's summer initiative. "We are very excited about the event. We have some of the best performers in the region and nation," McClain said. The event will include music from Martha Bass, t Chris Murrell and The Phase Band. The organization serves roughly 200 middle and high school students with target areas that include public housing and low income housing communi ties. Most of the families are residents in the Cleveland Avenue Homes, Town view Apartments, Rolling Hills Apartments and surround ing communities. The agency teaches the follow ing values: reliability, learning, inclusiveness, integrity and leadership. The agency serves stu dents and their parents with the use of S.T.E.M. ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum and literacy-based instruc tional tools and methodolo gy. The after-school pro gram does this through arts education, youth, sports, family literacy, health edu cation and character build ing programs. u "Across the state, funds have been cut for commu nity-based after-school pro grams because of the funds being forwarded to the school system," he said. Board chair Ward Miller said that helping these children is a way for the agency to give back to the community. "We have a lot of kids who sometimes don't get what they need during the regular school hours and they need some additional help after school. We are there to fill that void," he said. The program is mod eled after the 21st Century Community Learning Centers of North Carolina, according to its website. The CCLC program, funded by the N . C . McClain Department of Public Instruction, funded GIDE for four years beginning in 2010. The grant provided the organization with $384,000 a year for four years reducing funding in the last two years, 20 per cent and 40 percent respec tively. That money ran out last year. "We had some local funds, held some fundrais ers, and had some individu als that made some contri butions. We've recently received $150,000 from the Piedmont Federal Savings Bank to be distributed over three years, $50,000 a year," he said. "We also received $20,000 from Goodwill through the Gang Prevention and Dropout Prevention program." The agency is also sponsored by The Rotary Club of Clemmons and The New Canaan Society. McClain said that the agency still needs more. "We are trying to raise money so that we tan have a summer program. We've got funds to last us to the end of the school year but are trying to raise funds to hold the summer program," he said. McClain said that the results are worth every penny. The organization keeps the kids busy and out of trouble, while giving them a chance to get one-on-one tutoring or help on a specif ic subject. "We've got kids who have been through our pro gram who are now in col lege or in law school," he said. "They (the kids) look forward to the program because it provides some assistance for them. Some of our kids parents aren't able to help them with their Algebra and higher cours es. We have teachers to help them." The event will be held at the Village Inn and Event Center's Crystal Ballroom in Clemmons on Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $100 per cou ple with $50 as a tax deduc tion. Miller said that he hopes the agency can con tinue the event. "We hope that this can be a signature event for us to raise funds and raise awareness in the communi ty about us," he said. For tickets or more information, call 336-602 0565 or 336-254-1116 or email or tamarampatterson@yahoo. com. Winter Wellness event to feature health checks SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE I'm My Sister's Keeper (IMSK), a faith-based organization dedicated to the health and healing of the whole woman, will host a Winter Wellness Event on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 12 -3 p.m. at Secrets, 875 Northwest Blvd. Admission is $5 per per son. There will be vendors on hand, health checks and screenings, Praize Kraze exercise and more. The organization 's mis sion is to "Equip, Educate A Empower." This newly formed organization was created to develop a net work of support, education, training, and healing for women who have suffered from domestic violence. This event is a fundrais er to aid in bringing aware ness to Domestic Violence. All monies raised go toward the program and services provided by IMSK. For additional informa tion, email immysiterskeeperws@gma or go to www.face terskeeper. TLOD salutes local women SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE The Winston-Salem Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. recently held its "Salute to Ladies" Awards Luncheon and the induction ceremony of nine new members at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center. The "Salute to Ladies" is a formal recognition of local women for outstand ing achievement across the broad spectrum of the service arena. Phenomenal Women from the multi faceted fields were hon ored and presented a mono grammed crystal upright standing plaque. They were also featured in the pro gram's souvenir book. The following women were honored: Mechanics & Farmers Senior Vice President/Piedmont Triad Regional Executive Evelyn Acree; Winston-Salem Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke; Ervin's Beauty Services & Beauty Mart Co-owner Dr. Minnie J. Ervin; Novant Health Senior Vice President of Physician Services and Interim Chair of Neurosciences Dr. Chere Grogery; longtime commu nity volunteer and advocate Doris Herrell; Hanesbrands Corporate Human Resources Director Cheryl Lindsay; State Sen. Earline Parmon; and State Rep. Evelyn Terry Mayor Allen Joins pre sented Top Ladies of Distinction with a procla mation, and congratulated the honorees and newly inducted members. The Mayor proclaimed Dec. 6, 2014 as 'Top Ladies of Distinction" Day in the city. Gov. Pat McCrory also sent a proclamation in recognition of TLOD's service to the community. It was presented by Sen. Earline Parmon. Dr. Sherrie Flynt Walling ton, an assistant Professor of Oncology and program director of the Health Disparities Initiative at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center, was guest speaker. Lady Bobbie Miller is the TLOD chapter presi dent. The Salute to Ladies Awards Luncheon Chairperson was Lady Annie Lassiter. Other offi cers are Lady Doris Herrell, 2nd vice president and membership chairper son; Lady Sharon Debnam, 1st vice president and pro gram chair; Lady Lillian Satterfield, financial secre tary; and Lady Barbara Stowe, TTA advisor. IDarda Financial Services, LLC Danny Freeman Tax Preparation Investment Management Financial Planning Accounting ? Business Consulting Life & Long-Term Care Insurance 8100-F North Point Blvd. I Winston-Salem, NC 27105 757-1222 or toll free 877-825-2512 ?.

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