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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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SuperKids Supported at Oak City Comic Show

We have recently launched the SuperKids Cape program for children with critical illnesses. The concept is a mix of fantasy and reality: The fantasy of humans possessing nearly super-human qualities and the reality that some kids nearly do. It’s often been said that the spirit of a child is indomitable. Every day, the Me Fine Foundation sees that in children of all colors and sizes, as they face life-threatening illnesses. These kids look death in the face, smile, and say, “Can’t catch me!” In the longest odds, these patients are often not only beacons of positivity to their families and friends, but they often leave lasting impacts on the doctors, nurses and other healthcare team members that they interact with. The Me Fine Foundation wants to bring attention to these unbelievable little people and their superpowers by adorning them with garments fits for a superhero; so we provide them with SuperKids Capes. These are hand-sewn by the Sewing Guild at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, customized capes that are awarded to a child after he/she undergoes a major procedure as part of their treatment, or upon discharge from the hospital. Me Fine is constantly in awe of the strength and determination of these kids, and feel that SuperKids Capes are a small way to recognize their inner superhero.

On Sunday, March 1st at the Oak City Comic Con Me Fine gave attendees an up close look at the SuperKids Capes program. For just $20,  folks “purchased” capes for one of these brave children. In addition, the donor will have an opportunity to write a short message of encouragement on a MeFine card. These donors are listed below, and on behalf of all of the kids that will benefit from this program, Me Fine wishes a heartfelt Super Thank You!

Chris Adams

Kelly Fisher

Georgia McBride

Angela Born

Rick Schafferman

multiple anonymous donors

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Me Fine Family Update: Anna Beth – Learning to Let it Go

The Me Fine Foundation has been a true blessing to our family these last couple of years. When we didn’t have the money to pay our bills or put gas in our vehicle, they were there to help. Christmas wouldn’t have been possible last year without their generosity. This foundation goes above and beyond to help families like mine in times of struggle with financial & emotional support. We can never thank them enough for all they have done for our family. The Me Fine Foundation has gone above and beyond anything we could’ve ever imagined!

Thank you so much for your love & support,
Kim, Chris, Austin & Anna Beth Sanderson

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Our Journey

Anna Beth, 8 years old & Austin, 16 years old are the children of Chris & Kim Sanderson of Seven Springs, NC. Both children were diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, NF1 for short when they were toddlers.

Both Anna Beth and Austin have had various surgeries through the years.  Anna Beth’s treatments have lasted longer. NF can cause tumors to grow on different areas of the body or on nerve endings, along with cafe-aulait spots. Austin’s lens detached in his right eye when he was 3 years old. He had surgery at Duke Eye Center to remove his lens because he was to young to have it replaced.

  • July, 2013, Austin has had 3 successful surgeries at Duke Eye Center to correct his detached retina.
  • June 2012, Anna Beth confirmed that she had a Optic Glioma tumor in her eye nerves.  Standing with Anna Beth SandersonThe Optic Nerve Glioma is a rare kind of cancer usually slow growing and found in children. It is rarely found in individuals over the age of 20.
  • July 30, 2012 – Sept. 20, 2013, her chemotherapy treatments were Carboplatin & Vincristine, 4 weeks on & 3 weeks off for a little over a year at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.
  • Dec. 27, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2014, Anna Beth had to start her second year of chemotherapy at the James & Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital in Greenville, NC.  Her chemo treatment was Vinblastine, once a week for 1 year with a MRI every 3 months. Her MRI’s have all shown that she is stable! Anna Beth’s last chemo treatment was Dec. 31, 2014. She wore her Elsa dress from the Disney movie Frozen, brought to her by Elsa & Anna in the hospital. What better way to start off her New Year than to, “LET IT GO!!!!!!!!!!!”
  • Anna Beth has to have monthly blood work & a MRI every 3 months & eye exams every three months. The oncologist said if he lined up all the MRI’s side by side, you would not see any change from the beginning of treatment, because the tumor is slow growing.

Anna Beth has been through a lot, but she always has a big beautiful smile on her face with a sparkling personality to match!

Austin & Anna Beth have really had a tough time for many years, but they have been & continue to be so strong through all of this!  We couldn’t have gone through & continue to go through this storm without our faith in God.

Anna Beth has a Facebook page called Standing with Anna Beth Sanderson.  You can ask to join her page if you would like to have updates on her journey with childhood cancer.

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Me Fine Foundation is proud to help the Sanderson Family.  Thank you for your donations and support of Me Fine Foundation, so we are able to help more families at local North Carolina hospitals.

Me Fine Celebrates 1,000 Families Served

Over 1000 critically ill children and their families have benefitted from

Me Fine Foundation’s financial support.

Raleigh, N.C.  – December 11th, 2014

The Me Fine Foundation is proud to announce they have now served over 1000 families with their financial assistance program since the non-profit’s inception. Critically ill children and their families have all benefitted from Me Fine Foundation’s financial support including mortgage/rent assistance to prevent eviction, utility payments to halt disconnection, grocery bills, payment of medical bills, and sometimes covering final hospital expenses.

Me Fine Foundation celebrates its 10th birthday this year and is humbled to provide hope via financial assistance and emotional support, to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving long term medical treatment in Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals. Parking, gas, food and other living expenses not directly associated with medical care can mount and create hardships. Me Fine Foundation, Inc. acts a stopgap providing funds to the families during the treatment process to help ease financial pressure.  In addition, the Foundation funds emotional support programs administered by the hospitals, to help lessen the psychological burden of children and their families as they endure treatment.

“We at Me Fine believe that no child or their parents should have to go through these medical diagnoses alone and without the tireless efforts of our supporters, would be unable to help these families navigate these unimaginable difficulties, ” said Joey Powell, Executive Director of the Me Fine Foundation. “Serving 1000 families is quite an accomplishment and we are extremely grateful to our staff, volunteers and donors,” he added.

 

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.

 

-Richard Averitte

The Giving Spirit of a Child

One of Raleigh’s younger citizens has started what she hopes will be a new trend in birthday parties and philanthropy. For her 11th birthday, Maya True Wasik decided that she was going to make a difference for some of her peers, even the peers that she may not know. When planning her party with her mom Suzan, Maya decided that she really didn’t need any gifts. She had heard about the Me Fine Foundation from a thrift drive held by her neighbors, and wanted to help the same kids and families that Me Fine helps. Maya wanted to have her party, but in lieu of gifts, she told the attendees to bring gift cards for Me Fine. To ensure her party was a success, Suzy even had Maya’s “instructions” on the party invitations.

Maya’s charitable plan helped raise hundreds of dollars worth of gas cards, Target/WalMart gift cards and even some cash donations. And at her word, Maya gave them all to Me Fine. She even went so far as to decorate a box to deliver them in. Maya hopes her idea will catch on, and that other kids will consider doing the same thing for their birthdays.

Me Fine is built on the strength and wisdom of children. We are honored by Maya’s giving nature and humbled by the qualities that have been instilled in her by her family. We’ve always relied on the belief of our supporters to fund our work and if the future is up to folks like Maya True, Me Fine and the rest of our community are in great hands.

 

If you’d like to organize a birthday party like Maya’s to donate to Me Fine, we’d love to help. Email: info@mefinefoundation.org.

 

Maya True Wasik presents her gifts to Me Fine ED Joey Powell

Maya True Wasik presents her gifts to Me Fine ED Joey Powell

Make an Impact: Join the #MeFine10for10 Team!

Me Fine Foundation, Inc. provides financial assistance and emotional support to parents and caregivers whose children are receiving long term medical treatment from Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals. Parking, gas, food and other bills not directly associated with a child’s medical care, can pile up quickly and send a family into financial disarray. Serving as a stopgap, Me Fine gives financial help to these families during the treatment process to help ease financial burdens and also funds vital emotional support programs.

In honor of Me Fine’s 10th anniversary, we’re asking you to commit just ten dollars a month for a year. While it may only mean two less lattes at your local coffee shop to you, ten dollars can go a long way in helping with items rarely thought about during a medical crisis, such as hospital parking passes, food or even prescriptions. Join us from November 10th-20th and become a member of MeFine Foundation Ten For Ten Team and make an personal impact on children in need.

CLICK HERE TO GIVE $10 A MONTH!

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION

 

Please tag yourself on social media when you give and use the hashtag, #MeFine10for10; Help this campaign touch hundreds of sick kids and their families!

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