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News Release-Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® Franchises Commits Five Year Financial Endowment To Me Fine Foundation

 

Raleigh, N.C. (September 9th 2016)- The Me Fine Foundation is proud to announce two franchises of the North Carolina-based Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® brand has committed $20,000 over the next five years to Me Fine Foundation. The endowment will support the non-profit’s mission to provide financial assistance and emotional support programs to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving long term medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

The Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® brand has long been a supporter of the Me Fine Foundation as the two organizations share Johnston County ties. In past years Smithfield’s has donated food, gift cards and been a supporting sponsor of the Me Fine Gala. Two locally owned franchises of the restaurant group wanted to provide an annual financial commitment that would significantly boost Me Fine’s financial support to the families they service. Me Fine’s financial support includes mortgage/rent assistance to prevent eviction, utility payments to halt disconnection, grocery bills, payment of medical bills, and final expenses.

“To say this a game changer for our organization is an understatement,” said Joey Powell, Executive Director to Me Fine Foundation. “This financial endowment will not only expand our services but allow to continue programs that give hope to the families we serve. Our gratitude is immeasurable, “ he added.

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® will also serve as a sponsor of the The 2016 Me Fine Foundation Gala presented by Centrifuge Media, held on Saturday September 17th at the City Club Raleigh. The gala is Me Fine’s signature fundraiser, a night of celebration with food and drink, a live and silent auction, and music performed by local favorite Crush.

Tickets for the event will available online at www.mefinegala.com. Corporate sponsorships opportunities are available and can be found on the gala website. For more information about Me Fine visit www.mefinefoundation.org and for more information on Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® visit www.scnbnc.com. For interest in sponsoring the gala, call (919) 202-0086 or email info@mefinefoundation.org.

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About Me Fine Foundation, Inc.:

Me Fine Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to parents and caregivers sacrificing their livelihoods in order to provide their children with state-of-the-art, or even last-chance medical treatment at Duke and UNC Children¹s Hospitals. Me Fine Foundation is committed to ensuring families with children facing a devastating medical crisis are able to receive financial assistance, emotional support and other necessary resources to sustain the loss of income from the dramatic lifestyle changes they face during the treatment process. For more information, please call (919) 202-0086 or visit http://www.mefinefoundation.org.

 

About Smithfields Chicken N Bar-B-Q®

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® is a North Carolina brand with a history of serving the finest fried chicken and Eastern-North-Carolina-style Bar-B-Q, made fresh daily from family recipes and served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q® has 37 locations in North Carolina with plans expanding outside the state. Visit http://www.SCNBNC.com/ for more information or call 919-852-1742.

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

Baby + Co. Cary hosting Mom + Pop Shop to benefit Me Fine!

Our friends at Baby+Co. Cary will be hosting bespoke shopping event tomorrow, Sept 10th, from 11:30am-1:30 PM that will benefit Me Fine! Local, handmade vendors will be on site selling their goods, snacks will be provided, and all expectant mamas will receive a free gift!

Baby + Co. Cary has chosen Me Fine as their non-profit partner. They will be accepting new and/or gently used items to donate to our “Second Hope” shop. They’ll be accepting any and all items but have specific need for clothes, shoes, kitchen ware, household items, handbags, and bedding. Items sold in the shop go to support our mission to provide hope to critically ill children (and their families) going through treatment at NC Children’s Hospitals.

RSVP here and thank you for supporting Me Fine!

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

2016 Me Fine Gala discounted ticket deadline is near!

Do you have your tickets for the 2016 Me Fine Gala? Take advantage of our early bird special before time runs out! Purchase tickets here for the reduced rate of $100/single and $180/couple! Don’t forget, prices will go up on August 15 and there will be no discount for couples after that date! After August 15th, only single tickets will be for sale at $125/each. Buy your tickets here!

The 2016 Me Fine Foundation Gala presented by Centrifuge Media will be held on Saturday September 17th at the City Club Raleigh. The gala will be a night of celebration with food and drink, a live and silent auction, and music performed by local favorite Crush. Proceeds from the gala will benefit families facing medical crisis being treated at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

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The Gala is Me Fine’s signature fundraiser as we provide financial assistance and emotional support programs to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving long term medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.  Corporate sponsorships opportunities are available and can be found here!  For more information or interest in sponsoring the gala, call (919) 202-0086 or email info@mefinefoundation.org.

Thank you for your support!

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

Christmas In July Brings Hope To Families In Need

Santa Claus and The Avengers came to visit some children being treated at Duke and UNC hospitals on July 21st and 27th, courtesy of The Me Fine Foundation. Thanks to the thousands of dollars and hundreds of toys donated by our supporters, The Me Fine Foundation’s annual Christmas in July event was a “marvel” success!  Santa and his super helpers joined forces with volunteers and Me Fine board members to distribute toys to the sickest children in the hospitals.

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Our board members served as Santa’s helpers during Christmas in July, collecting toys and gift cards as well as helping spread cheer to various clinics and inpatient rooms visited. Christmas in July is important in that it fills a recreation and activity gap in the summer when so many volunteers, staff, and students are away. Specific shoutouts for donations to Christmas in July go to: Cornelia & Kevin Grundmeier, The Carolina Dart Association, Johnson-Lambert, and Zach’s Toy Chest! We are so thankful to the community for supporting this wonderful program that brings hope to so many.

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Would you or your business like to help support programs like these and others? Join us on Saturday, September 17th for an unbelievable evening of live music and dancing, incredible food and drink, all benefitting our community’s children who need our help. The 2016 Me Fine Foundation Gala sponsored by Centrifuge Media will once again be held in downtown Raleigh at City Club Raleigh. The Annual Me Fine Gala is our signature fundraising event. Since our foundation receives no funding from federal, state or local government, we rely heavily on the success of this event.

Be a part of this fantastic event by getting tickets now before they sell out! Take advantage of our early bird special and purchase tickets here for the reduced rate of $100/single and $180/couple through August 15. After that date, only single tickets will be for sale at $125/each. Buy your tickets here! Your business can also help Me Fine by serving as a sponsor! Click here for sponsorship information!

Thank you for your support!

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair

Two Me Fine Board Members Named TBJ’s 40 under 40!

We’re ecstatic that two of our board members were recognized by the Triangle Business Journal in their annual 40 Under 40 awards. The 40 Under 40 awards recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community. Five judges from the local business community and the Triangle Business Journal pored over nearly 250 nominations to come up with the final list of 40 winners in the 2015 class. This year’s class was honored at an awards luncheon on June 24 at Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

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Jake Connors is our board chair and has served the Me Fine Foundation board for over three years. His leadership and strategic thinking has taken Me Fine to levels we never would have dreamed. Jake’s full time job is a Institutional Retirement Plan Consultant for Compass Financial Partners. He resides in Raleigh with wife Emily and two children Theo and Alice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ben Steel joined our board just under a year ago and has already made a significant impact. He helped orchestrate our Music For Me Fine spring event that raised nearly $20,000 for Me Fine. Ben is Vice President, Asset Management / Broker-In-Charge at Empire Properties. He and his wife Lindsay reside in Raleigh and are expecting their first child soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Jake, Ben, and our other board members at the 2016 Me Fine Gala. Join us on Saturday, September 17th for an unbelievable evening of live music and dancing, incredible food and drink, all benefitting our community’s children who need our help. The 2016 Me Fine Foundation Gala sponsored by Centrifuge Media will once again be held in downtown Raleigh at City Club Raleigh. The Annual Me Fine Gala is our signature fundraising event. Since our foundation receives no funding from federal, state or local government, we rely heavily on the success of this event.

Be a part of this fantastic event by getting tickets now before they sell out! Take advantage of our early bird special and purchase tickets here for the reduced rate of $100/single and $180/couple through August 15. After that date, only single tickets will be for sale at $125/each. Buy your tickets here! Your business can also help Me Fine by serving as a sponsor! Click here for sponsorship information!

Thank you for your support!

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

Join us at the 2016 Me Fine Gala!

Last year was a record-breaking year for the Me Fine Foundation as we raised thousands of dollars for families with children battling critical illnesses. Our signature fundraising event, the 2015 Me Fine Gala, was a major part of our success and we are so thankful of our sponsors and supports. Our title sponsor, Centrifuge Media, created a short video highlighting last year’s gala.

Now that you’ve seen the Me Fine Gala is an unbelievable evening of live music, dancing, incredible food and drink to benefit our community’s children, are you ready to be a part of the 2016 Me Fine Foundation Gala? Be a part of this fantastic event on September 17th by getting tickets now before they sell out! Take advantage or our early bird special and purchase tickets here for the reduced rate of $100/single and $180/couple through August 15. After that date, only single tickets will be for sale at $125/each.

Would you like to join Centrifuge Media, Suntrust Bank, Device Solutions and Paragon Bank in being a sponsor of the 2016 Me Fine Gala? Make a direct impact in your community and create positive exposure for your company! Click here for sponsorship information!

We are so thankful of the community supporting our mission and we are excited about the 2016 Me Fine Gala. Buy your tickets today and we look forward to seeing you September 17th at City Club Raleigh!

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2016 ME FINE FOUNDATION GALA

Join us on Saturday, September 17th for an unbelievable evening of live music and dancing, incredible food and drink, all benefitting our community’s children who need our help. The 2016 Me Fine Foundation Gala sponsored by Centrifuge Media will once again be held in downtown Raleigh at City Club Raleigh. The Annual Me Fine Gala is our signature fundraising event. Since our foundation receives no funding from federal, state or local government, we rely heavily on the success of this event. Tickets for the 2016 Me Fine Gala can be purchased here. 

Each year, thousands of children are sent to Duke Children’s Hospital and the North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. For many of these kids and their caregivers, diagnosis with a critical or terminal illness impacts them indefinitely. Their lives are thrown into permanent chaos. In addition to the unfathomable emotional burdens that now face these families, the costs of being treated become immense as they often helplessly watch their financial lives unravel.

The Me Fine Foundation exists so that these children and their families will not walk through their journeys of disease alone. Me Fine provides critical financial assistance and vital emotional support. Our programs are designed to keep families together so that children can have the best chance for recovery possible. No insurance plan will help provide what Me Fine does, which is why YOUR SUPPORT IS SO CRITICAL.

We had a blast at last year’s gala and our friends at Centrifuge Media created this video highlighting a wonderful evening that raised over $100, 000 for families battling critical illness. Check it out here!

 

Be a part of this fantastic event by getting tickets now before they sell out! Take advantage or our early bird special and purchase tickets here for the reduced rate of $100/single and $180/couple through August 15. After that date, only single tickets will be for sale at $125/each. Buy your tickets here! Your business can also help Me Fine by serving as a sponsor! Click here for sponsorship information!

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Me Fine Gala!

 

 

Meet The “Music For Me Fine” Bands

We couldn’t be more excited about Music For Me Fine, our spring benefit coming up this Friday, April 22nd at All Saints Chapel in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are still available here for a night of fun and music with complimentary beer from Top Of The Hill. All proceeds will benefit Me Fine Foundation and our mission to provide emotional and financial support of critically ill children children being treated by Duke Children’s and The NC Children’s Hospitals.

Here’s a rundown on the Music For Me Fine lineup:

To Better Waters-Hailing from Charlotte, To Better Waters features Paul Manos and Joel Turner on dual lead guitar, Alexander Warner on keys/guitar/vocals/kazoo, Matthew Susong on vocals, Pat Allois on percussion Jeff Thomas on bass. This indie rock band recently recorded an album, Days of Ours, that has what the band calls a ‘Earth, Milky Way & Rock ‘n Roll” sound.

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The Remedy-The Remedy is Raleigh’s Premier Rock n Roll Party Band performing everything from the 60s through today’s hits. Featuring Paul Baggett and Mike Mizelle on vocals, Taylor Austin on guitar/bass, Andrew Blair (A.B.) on guitar/bass/vocals, Chadwick Johnson on guitar/vocals,  Jason Sikes on guitar/vocals and Scott Debrauwere on drums, this band will have you swing, swaying and dancing in the aisles.

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Old Habits –Old Habits got their start back in 2003 one night when Craig Thompson, Lin Peterson, Bennett Thompson and Brian English got together to pick a little bluegrass.  Chad Johnson joined the group and in 2007, they recorded their first self-titled album at The Rubberroom in Chapel Hill, NC. Eventually Evans Nicholson’ drums were added to the line up, and the band moved from old-school bluegrass to their current sound – a mixture of Americana, Country and Southern Roots music.

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Buy your tickets now for Music For Me Fine and we look forward to seeing you April 22nd!

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

Music For Me Fine Finds Second Title Sponsor In Sunbelt Rentals

We are proud to annouce Sunbelt Rentals has agreed to be the second title sponsor for Music for Me Fine! Sunbelt Rentals joins fellow title sponsor Empire Properties to support our spring benefit concert on April 22d from 7p-11p at All Saints Chapel in downtown Raleigh. Music will be provided by regional favorites To Better Waters, Old Habits and The Remedy and complimentarty beer will be provided by Top Of The Hill. Tickets for the concert are available here . All proceeds will benefit Me Fine Foundation’s financial assistance and emotional support programs for children and families receiving long-term medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

Sunbelt Rentals is one of the largest equipment rental companies in North America. Backed by a national network of more than 525 locations, Sunbelt successfully services a variety of customers – from those in the commercial, residential, industrial, municipal, and specialized service industries, to weekend do-it-yourselfers. Sunbelt’s extensive fleet exceeds $4.0 billion and includes general construction equipment, industrial tools, pumps and power generation equipment, trench shoring, scaffolding, remediation & restoration equipment, and more.

We are proud to call Sunbelt Rentals a sustaining sponsor as they supported the 2015 Me Fine Gala as well as this year’s Gala. Their support allows us to carry out our mission to provide financial and emotional support to critically ill children and their families treated by Children’s Hospitals in North Carolina. We are grateful for their generosity.

Buy your tickets now for Music For Me Fine and we look forward to seeing you on April 22nd!

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

 

Music To Our Ears-Music For Me Fine Adds Two More Local Sponsors

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We’re proud to announce Coalmarch Productions and Roofwerks have joined us as sponsors for Music For Me Fine! Our spring benefit concert will be held on April 22d from 7pm-11pm at All Saints Chapel with music provided by regional favorites To Better WatersOld Habits and The Remedy . Tickets are only $50 and can be purchased at www.musicformefine.com. All proceeds will benefit Me Fine Foundation’s financial assistance and emotional support programs for children and families receiving long-term medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

Coalmarch Productions is a web design and marketing agency in Raleigh who also specialize in SEO, graphic design and social media. Roofwerks is a premier North Carolina residential roofing contractor who specializes in new roof construction including slate, clay tile, concrete tile, metal, and asphalt shingle roofing. These two local companies are supporting the Me Fine Foundation because they want to see their philanthropical dollars used to support local families in need. 

Would your company like to keep your philanthropical dollars local? Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2016 Music for Me Fine Spring Benefit! Click here to see how your company or organization can help make this event a success! Please contact Mandy Howard (mandy@mefinefoundation.org) or Joey Powell (joey@mefinefoundation.org) for any questions about the event or sponsorship opportunities.

Buy your tickets now for Music For Me Fine and we look forward to seeing you on April 22nd!

Thank you for your continued support!

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

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