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Me Fine in action-Christmas in July

On July 8th and 15th, we spread some cheer to kids who really needed it. Thanks to the thousands of dollars and hundreds of toys donated by our supporters, we were once again able to bring Christmas in July to the children at Duke and UNC Children’s hospitals. Led by the one and only Santa Claus, volunteers distributed toys to the sickest children in the hospitals. 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.

 

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Our board members served as Santa’s helpers during Christmas in July, collecting toys and helping spread cheer to various clinics and inpatient rooms visited. The UNC Children’s Hospital visit had former UNC basketball player/professional basketball player Jawad Williams and former NCCU lineman/current Detroit Lion’s lineman Xavier Proctor help Santa brighten up the day to families and children in critical care.

 

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Would you or your business like to help support programs like these and others? Sponsorship opportunities are available for our annual Me Fine Foundation Gala presented by Centrifuge Media. Join us on September 26th from 7pm to 11pm at the newly renovated City Club Raleigh for an unbelievable evening of live music and dancing, incredible food and drink, all benefitting our community’s children who need our help. Your business will be exposed to a number of decision makers and positioned in a positive light. Find details on sponsorship opportunities here, as well as the link to purchase tickets.

Thank you for your support!

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair

Me Fine Foundation founder featured in Family Circle magazine

 

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We’re excited to have Me Fine Foundation’s founder Lori Lee recognized as a  “local hero” in the August 2015 issue of Family Circle. The article focuses on her life trajectory that has included tragedy and triumph. After losing her youngest child Folden IV to a rare form of cancer before his third birthday, she started the Me Fine Foundation to help critically ill children and their families. Named for the response her precious boy would give when asked how he was doing, Me Fine Foundation is now 10 years old and counting.

Meet Lori and other members of the Me Fine Foundation team at our annual MeFine Foundation Gala presented by Centrifuge Media. Join us on September 26th from 7pm to 11pm at the newly renovated City Club Raleigh for an unbelievable evening of live music and dancing, incredible food and drink, all benefitting our community’s children who need our help.  Find details on sponsorship opportunities and a link to purchase tickets here.

Thank you for your support!

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q Supports Me Fine Foundation With July Fundraiser

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Raleigh, N.C. (July 14th, 2015)- The Me Fine Foundation is proud to announce they have partnered with Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q on a day-long fundraiser. The North Carolina restaurant group has agreed to donate 5% of all sales from their Wake and Johnston County locations on Tuesday, July 28th to the Me Fine Foundation. The funds raised will 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.

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q 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. The July 28th fundraiser hopes to provide a major boost to Me Fine’s mission to help critically ill children and their families. Me Fine’s financial support including mortgage/rent assistance to prevent eviction, utility payments to halt disconnection, grocery bills, payment of medical bills, and even help with final expenses.

“We’re humbled by the support and generosity of Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q. Beyond the financial support, leveraging their stellar brand to support our organization is immeasurable,” said Joey Powell, Executive Director of the Me Fine Foundation.

For a list of Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q locations in Wake and Johnston County, visit www.scnbnc.com. For more information on this event and the Me Fine Foundation please call (919) 202-0086 or visit www.mefinefoundation.org. Ticket and sponsorship information for the 2015 Me Fine Gala to be held September 26th can be found at www.mefinegala.com

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 Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q

Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q has a 30-year history of serving the finest crispy 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 over 30 locations in North Carolina with plans expanding outside the state. Visit http://www.SCNBNC.com/ for more information or call 919-852-1742.

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Clouds Brewing “Me Fine Night Out” A Success!

 

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We’d like to raise a glass to the folks at Clouds Brewing for hosting a “Me Fine Night Out.” On June 26th, Clouds Brewing agreed to donate a portion of that night’s sales which all told, ended up being nearly $1000! The staff at Clouds Brewing was more than hospitable, and took a sincere interest in our mission to help families dealing with a child’s medical crisis. We are grateful to be partnered with businesses like Clouds Brewing who care for their community.

 

Would your business like to help the Me Fine Foundation? Sponsorship opportunities are available for our annual MeFine Foundation Gala presented by Centrifuge Media. Join us on September 26th from 7pm to 11pm at the newly renovated City Club Raleigh for an unbelievable evening of live music and dancing, incredible food and drink, all benefitting our community’s children who need our help. Your business will be exposed to a number of decision makers  and positioned in a positive light. Find details on sponsorship opportunities here, as well as the link to purchase tickets.

Thank you for your support!

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair

 

Gala Tickets Now On Sale!

 

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Tickets are now on sale for our annual MeFine Foundation Gala presented by Centrifuge Media. Join us on September 26th from 7pm to 11pm at the newly renovated City Club Raleigh for an unbelievable evening of live music and dancing, incredible food and drink, all benefitting our community’s children who need our help.  The annual Me Fine Gala is our signature fundraising event. Our foundation receives no funding from federal, state or local government. We rely totally on the generosity of our donors and corporate partners and on the success of this event. You can purchase tickets here and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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 with 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.

Tickets are limited, so mark your calendar and purchase your tickets today. Have your business make an impact in the community by serving as a sponsor. Thank you for your support!

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair

Executive Director Joey Powell Recognized As Outstanding Professional

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We can’t tell you how proud we are of our Executive Director Joey Powell as he was honored at the Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40 awards luncheon at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on June 11. Joey and 39 other recipients were selected from a group of over 200 nominees. The 40 Under 40 awards “recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community.”

Joey’s leadership in our organization is immeasurable and we’re fortunate to have him.  He’s currently orchestrating our largest fundraiser of the year, the 2015 Me Fine Gala presented by Centrifuge Media. This is our signature fundraiser that will allow us to extend our reach and help even more families dealing with critical illness.

 

-Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair

NEWS RELEASE- CENTRIFUGE MEDIA RETURNS AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR ME FINE FOUNDATION GALA

 

Raleigh, N.C. (June 17th, 2015)- The Me Fine Foundation is proud to announce Centrifuge Media has agreed to once again serve as the title sponsor for the annual Me Fine Foundation Gala. The gala serves as the non-profit’s annual signature fundraiser, 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 2015 Me Fine Gala presented by Centrifuge Media will be held at City Club Raleigh in downtown. The gala will be a night of celebration with food and drink featuring a live and silent auction and music performed by local favorite Crush. The “Hero for Life” award will also be presented, given to an individual who goes above and beyond to help critically ill children and families, specifically Me Fine Foundation’s mission.

“Last year’s gala was our biggest ever and with returning sponsor Centrifuge Media and a stellar location like City Club Raleigh, we’re sure to exceed expectations. The success of the gala dictates how many more families we can help and how far we can extend our reach” said Joey Powell, Executive Director of the Me Fine Foundation.

Tickets for the event will available online at www.mefinegala.com. A ticket pre-sale will begin June 26th and tickets to the general public will be available July 1st. VIP tickets will also be available for the first time this year, offering those who purchase valet service and exclusive access to privately sponsored rooms at City Club Raleigh. Corporate sponsorships opportunities are available and can be found on the gala website.

The mission of the Me Fine Foundation is to provide hope to critically ill children treated by Children’s Hospitals in North Carolina and their families through financial assistance, emotional support and necessary resources, regardless of race, diagnosis, religious affiliation or economic status. For more information or interest in sponsoring the gala, call (919) 202-0086 or email info@mefinefoundation.org.

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 due to the dramatic change in lifestyle. For more information, please call (919) 202-0086 or visit http://www.mefinefoundation.org.

About Centrifuge Media:
Centrifuge Media is an event and production agency offering audiovisual production, creative services, and meeting technologies. The privately held company was founded in 2005 and located in Raleigh. For more information, please call 919-466-9499 or visit www.centrifugemedia.com

About City Club Raleigh
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City Club Raleigh – which unveiled a $2.6-million reinvention in 2014 – features an upscale dining room with spectacular city views, casual Anytime Lounge and Grill overlooking Fayetteville Street, private dining rooms, a stylish e-lounge, small meeting spaces, and an expansive ballroom.

About ClubCorp (NYSE: MYCC)
Since its founding in 1957, Dallas-based ClubCorp has operated with the central purpose of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives®. ClubCorp is a leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs and private business clubs in North America. With its recent acquisition of Sequoia Golf, ClubCorp now owns or operates a portfolio of over 200 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs, and alumni clubs in 26 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries that serve over 430,000 members, with approximately 20,000 peak-season employees. ClubCorp Holdings, Inc. is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MYCC). ClubCorp properties include: Firestone Country Club (Akron, Ohio); Mission Hills Country Club (Rancho Mirage, California); The Woodlands Country Club (The Woodlands, Texas); Capital Club Beijing; and Metropolitan Club Chicago. You can find ClubCorp on Facebook at facebook.com/clubcorp and on Twitter at @ClubCorp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help Needed for Christmas in July

Me Fine Christmas in July SantaOne of Me Fine Foundation’s most exciting events is coming soon:  Christmas in July!  During this event, Santa Clause visits critically ill children at local area hospitals.

We need your help for some of the gifts for the children Santa will be visiting:

* Please Note: These specific brand as these two items will go to newborns will severe disorders and can only use specific items

** Please Note:  These items are requested from the unit that deals with children facing severe psychological disorders.

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All new, donated items can be sent to the Me Fine offices:
Me Fine Foundation
Attn: Elizabeth
5100 US Highway 70
East Princeton, NC 27569
Please drop off all items by Friday, July 31st!

Thank You!

Thank you for your generosity to make Christmas in July an incredible experience for critically ill children at local North Carolina hospitals!

 

A Top Ten List The Triangle Is Not Found

We had the opportunity to exhibit at the 2015 BizCon held at the Raleigh Convention Center. BizCon is Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce event where the Triangle’s top business leaders gathered for all-day conference . The day included keynote speaker Terry Jones, founder of Kayak.com and Travelocity.com, networking with other business professionals, an exhibit area highlighting services from local businesses and breakout sessions to improve business and professional performance.

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We exhibited at BizCon to not only raise awareness about MeFine, but also hopes in getting the business community involved. A business volunteering their time and resources to a non-profit can be equally valuable as a monetary donation. While the Triangle is consistantly on a number of “top ten” lists such as “best place to start a business”, “top cities for a job”, “fast growing for women-owned businesses”, etc., one list the Triangle is far below the top ten is volunteerism. According to our friends at Activate Good, the Triangle ranks 35th in volunteerism among the large metropolitan areas. That’s a number not to boast, yet can be easily by doing one thing: getting involved.

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We encourage you to contact us (or any other non-profit) to find out how you can get involved. Our annual Me Fine Gala is coming up September 26th and we are seeking volunteers, auction items and/or sponsorships. Or let us know how you envision you or your company helping our cause. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for your support.

Richard Averitte, Marketing Chair, Me Fine Foundation

 

 

 

 

Me Fine offers Camp Oak Hill Scholarships again!

Camp Oak Hill, a Christian summer camp for boys and girls, is conveniently located one hour north of the Triangle near Oxford, North Carolina.  Providing traditional camp programs and well-rounded activities under the leadership of mature Christian counselors, Camp Oak Hill offers rising 2nd – 12th graders a fun-filled opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends, and grow in their faith.  “Fun for a week – Relationships for a lifetime.”  See what Camp Oak Hill is all about by clicking here: http://campoakhill.org/

Me Fine Board of Directors member, Webb Bostic, was a multi-year camper at Oak Hill. Here are some thoughts from him:

“For ten summers during my youth Camp Oak Hill was my home away from home.  Not only was COH a place to canoe, climb, and swim, it was where I built friendships and grew in my Christian faith as a young man.  The genuinely compassionate leadership and staff, led by Joel Elder, executive director at the time, truly cared about molding us into good campers, teammates, and friends.  Whether it was capture the flag or the annual “Run for the Roses” relay, the emphasis every session was how to work together and lift each other up.  I will always have fond memories of Camp Oak Hill, and I look forward to when my children are old enough to attend and make their own lifelong memories.”  –Webb Bostic, Me Fine Foundation BOD

If you’re interested and would like to learn more, Camp Oak Hill is having an Open House on Sunday, March 29th.  Be sure to come!

Me Fine Foundation, Inc. and Camp Oak Hill are partnering together to establish the Colleen Moore Memorial Campership Fund to send children to Camp Oak Hill. We’re offering this opportunity to critically-ill children being treated at local area children’s hospitals and/or their siblings.  Please send an email to Me Fine with questions or interest in obtaining a scholarship for camp this summer.

 

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