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Hope for the Holidays 2016

Over the past year, Me Fine has been working with Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals to adapt our programs to the changing needs of the children and families we serve. Our Hope for the Holidays  program has evolved to create even more opportunities to support families in crisis and bring lasting joy to children living with critical illness. Hope for the Holidays allows you to bring real help and hope this holiday season. Here are two easy ways to get involved:

  1. Community Champion Projects – Working with Duke and UNC Children’s hospital staff, we’ve developed Community Champion projects to meet the unique needs of specific pediatric populations. As a Me Fine Community Champion, YOU can make a difference for hundreds, even thousands, of critically-ill kids at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals, this holiday season, and for years to come! Here’s a full list of projects your family, workplace, neighborhood, church or service organization can take on! Community Champions also have the opportunity to deliver their gift to the hospital with Me Fine! Sign up HERE to be a community champion.
  2.  Adopt a Family – The Me Fine Dream Team has been uniquely tasked with providing Christmas for families in the midst of an initial diagnosis, relapse, or who find themselves spending their final holiday together. We need your help to fill the wish list of a family in crisis between now and Christmas.
    How to get involved:

    1. Gather any number of people – family members, friends, coworkers, church groups.
    2. SIGN UP HERE and choose a budget that fits your group financially. Let us know if you have any timeline restrictions as well.
    3. Between now and Christmas, Me Fine staff will match you to a family and send you a wish list for each child in the home. We also request a gift card on behalf of parents as a special surprise.
    4.  Go shopping! Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Me Fine partner locations throughout the Triangle until Monday, December 12.

Families are referred to us on a rolling basis, as hospitals receive new admissions or learn of crisis situations.

Me Fine is the only nonprofit ready to respond to these last-minute needs — but don’t worry, you’ll still have time to shop! Our goal is to give you at least a week to fill the wish list, and Me Fine staff are ready to lend a hand if you need it.

 

If you have any questions or would like to create your own unique Community Champion Project, call Meredith Izlar at 919-915-2173 or meredith@mefinefoundation.org. Thank you for your support!

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

99.9 The Fan’s BBQ 101 to benefit Me Fine!

On Saturday, Nov 12th our friends at 99.9 The Fan are hosting BBQ 101, a grilling school that will be held at Clouds Brewing in Raleigh. Join us for one of the most delicious learning experiences of your life as a portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to the Me Fine Foundation.

From the perfect steak for a night in, to award winning barbecue for parties, BBQ 101 is your opportunity to learn how to cook like a pro for less than half of what a class of this caliber would normally cost AND you will get to eat and drink your way through it. Pros from Grillbillies Barbecue are going to be teaching you what has taken them years to perfect. Smoking, charcoal, gas grilling, buying meats, what wood to use and more. You’ll learn the difference between brining and injecting, how to layer seasonings, and much more. You can purchase your tickets here. In addition to eating like a king or queen and learning cooking techniques, you’ll be helping children and families in medical crisis!

Better hurry, space is limited so purchase your tickets now! We are so thankful to have community partners like 99.9 The Fan and Clouds Brewing! We appreciate their support of our mission.

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair Me Fine Foundation

 

Daddy-Daughter Hair Styling Class

As the father of a seven-year-old girl, there’s one parenting duty I always delegate to my wife: hair styling. I was in a pickle last week when my wife went on her annual girl’s weekend beach trip and my daughter wanted braids in her hair. A YouTube video was useless since I am a hands-on training type of guy. Thanks to an idea from Me Fine Foundation supporter Sebastian Bunster, I won’t be in this prediciment anymore.

Fathers can now learn how to do braids, pony tails, pig tails, and much more in a Daddy-Daughter Hair Styling Class to benefit Me Fine Foundation. Join us on October 15th from 10am-11 am at HQ Raleigh located downtown as we show our girls that it’s not just mom that can make their hair special! Our goal is to go beyond the simple pony tail in an effort to bring more smiles, more hugs, and more happy memories into our father-daughter relationships. We hope to share this experience with other dads who want to play a more active role in their daughters’ development, and maybe learn a thing or two along the way!

Class instruction will be led by professional hairstylist Christopher Totman . Space is limited so make sure you register here.  A $10 minimum donation appreciated (please mark “Daddy/Daughter Hairstyling” in the comments) or bring cash to the event!

Thank you for your support!

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair/Board Chair-Elect

Me Fine Foundation

NEWS RELEASE- 2016 ME FINE FOUNDATION GALA SHATTERS FUNDRAISING RECORD

2016 ME FINE FOUNDATION GALA SHATTERS FUNDRAISING RECORD

Raleigh, N.C. (October 4th, 2016)- The Me Fine Foundation is proud to announce that it raised over $220,000 at their signature fundraiser, the Me Fine Gala, held at City Club Raleigh on September 17th. The Gala, presented by Centrifuge Media, celebrated Me Fine’s accomplishments over the last year and served as a thank you to the amazing team of donors and allies who helped in that success. The event is the nonprofit’s annual signature fundraiser, to help provide financial assistance and emotional support programs to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving critical medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

The “Hero for Life” Award is the Me Fine Foundation’s highest honor, designed to recognize those who go above and beyond to help critically ill kids and families, specifically with respect to Me Fine’s mission. This year’s recipient, Ken Steenson, is a longtime foundation ally at the NC Children’s Hospital, who has been instrumental in the foundation’s growth there.

“I’m blown away: $40,000 more than we’ve ever done, and an incredible figure considering that last year’s event was such a monumental success, “ said Joey Powell, Executive Director of the Me Fine Foundation. “Because of every single person involved, we’ll be able to serve more families than we ever dreamed,” he added.

For more information about Me Fine, please call ‪(919) 202-0086 or visit http://www.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.

 

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

 

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