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Me Fine Eclipses 900 Families Helped


By Richard Averitte, Good Vibrations Consulting

Me Fine Foundation, Inc.
5100 US Hwy. 70 East
Princeton, NC 27569
Phone: (919) 202-0086
Fax: (919) 202-0059
General Email: info@mefinefoundation.org

Me Fine Foundation, Inc. Celebrates Tenth Year Of Service With Milestone

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 30th, 2014)- For ten years the Me Fine
Foundation, Inc. has been serving a number of North Carolina families
altered by medical crisis. This month the non-profit is proud to
announce those numbers exceeded 900 and counting through the donations
of corporate partners and individual donors.

Me Fine Foundation, Inc. provides financial assistance to parents and
caregivers whose children are receiving long term medical treatment in
Duke and UNC Children¹s Hospitals. Parking, gas, food and other bills
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

“We are so thankful to our donors and volunteers who helped us serve
over 900 unique families,” said Joey Powell, Executive Director of the
Me Fine Foundation, Inc. “This is a quite an achievement to announce
during our Annual Pledge Drive,” he added.

The Annual Pledge Drive is the organization’s largest fundraiser and
enables Me Fine Foundation, Inc. to maintain staff and resources. The
organization also provides emotional support to families at Duke and
UNC Children¹s Hospitals. The time spent providing support is not
quantified, bring the total number of families given financial and
emotional support well over 1000.

For more information or to make a donation, call (919) 202-0086 or
visit http://www.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 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


Sports Stars Lend Voices to Help Me Fine Families

In conjunction with Me Fine’s Annual Pledge Drive, some celebrities from the sports world have traded their uniforms for a microphone to give their support to the Foundation. Recently Chris Archer, Heather O’Reilly and Jay Harrison all recorded radio commercials to help Me Fine spread the word about the work it does in the community.  You can listen to each commercial by clicking on the photos below. Enjoy!


Major League Baseball star, Chris Archer  is no stranger to Me Fine. Raised in Clayton, Chris has his own Archway Foundation that has partnered with Me Fine recently. Ready to give back to the community he was raised in, Archer jumped at the opportunity to help Me Fine grow. Me Fine hopes to partner regularly with Chris and his Foundation in the future.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer for Me Fine

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer for Me Fine

Heather O’Reilly  is a three time Olympic Gold Medalist for the US Women’s National Soccer Team. After leading the University of North Carolina Soccer team to two national titles and being named National Player of the Year in 2006, Heather signed her first professional contract. She’s currently a midfielder for the NWSL’s Boston Breakers. Having attended UNC, Heather already had a soft spot for the patients at UNC Children’s Hospital, and was eager to get behind the Me Fine mission. 

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3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Heather O’Reilly Makes Time for Me Fine

No stranger to Me Fine himself, Carolina Hurricanes Defenseman Jay Harrison also felt compelled to help. Jay has attended the Me Fine Gala before, along with other events, and feels personally connected to the cause. As a father himself, Jay can especially relate to the journeys that Me Fine families take. Jay has been with the Hurricanes since 2009, after playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jay Harrison and His Winger, Willa, Speak for Me Fine


We’re so honored to have these athletes lending their time and talents to our mission. They’re all great at their respective sports, but they’re even better individuals. Me Fine is better with these folks on our team.


Special thanks to Barry Woodard, Ron West, Brian Chacos, Brian Tatum, Mike Sundheim, Lori Rentsch, Jami Elizondo, Kay Riffle and Brian Maloney for helping to make this happen!

Me Fine Takes the Ice with the Carolina Hurricanes!

Me Fine recently caught the attention of another organization who believes in strengthening our communities through the support of children. On April 3, Me Fine was honored with a Game-Changer Grant Award in the amount of $10,000 from the Carolina Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation. This grant will help Me Fine fund the Beads of Courage program at Duke and UNC that supports hundreds of children each year as they face critical and long-term diagnoses.  Me Fine Executive Director Joey Powell was recognized by Doug Warf, Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, during an intermission of the Hurricanes contest that night against the Dallas Stars.

“We’re honored to have such a recognizable community brand as the Carolina Hurricanes and the Kids ‘N Community Foundation acknowledging our work,” Powell said. “As we continue to help more families, grow our mission and scale our reach, having their support is an amazing asset.”

As “The Heart of the Carolina Hurricanes,” the Kids ‘N Community Foundation strives to meet the health and educational needs of underserved populations in our community through programming and financial assistance to local, youth-oriented organizations. Because of the similarities between both organizations’ missions, it was only a matter of time before a partnership developed. You can learn more about the work being done by the Kids ‘N Community Foundation by clicking here.


Doug Warf presents a Game Changer Grant check to Joey Powell, who is fascinated by himself on CanesVision

Doug Warf presents a Game Changer Grant check to Joey Powell, who is fascinated by himself on CanesVision

Local Hero/MLBer Archer Teams with Me Fine

Me Fine and a local Major League Baseball star recently redefined “teamwork”. Clayton native and MLB sensation for the Tampa Rays, Chris Archer, has paired work with his Archway Foundation and Me Fine. The Archway Foundation was founded on Chris’s desire to help local youth achieve their dreams the same way he did, by empowerment and support. At their Inaugural “Night of Champions” in February, Chris and the Archway Foundation Board presented Me Fine with a check for $500. Furthering his genuine desire to see Me Fine and other local children thrive, Chris has also loaned his voice for some endorsements for Me Fine that should be airing on local radio in the Raleigh market very soon.

Me Fine actively seeks out partnerships with other like-minded organizations. We’re humbled and honored to have the opportunity to work with Chris and his team at Archway, and look forward to a strong future relationship benefitting our community.

Chris Archer and Me Fine ED Joey Powell

Chris Archer and Me Fine ED Joey Powell

Me Fine Foundation sponsors Childhood Cancer Advocate Elissa Gaus to receive GLAM4GOOD Makeover

The Me Fine Foundation is privileged to meet brave and amazing families throughout our services at Duke and UNC Hospitals.  One exceptional mom, Elissa Gaus and her son, Micah, have been strong advocates for children with cancer.

Featured from Huffington Post article:

“As a young mom, I was not sure of what I wanted to be,” says Elissa, “but my son has answered that for me … I am a warrior. I fight for his needs, and for childhood cancer awareness. I have been the voice for Micah and all the kids to let people know of the lack of focus on our children in drug development, the lack of social service support, offered to all the adults undergoing treatments for this horrific disease, yet so lacking for children. I am the mother of a pediatric brain tumor patient … and I will fight for him and all of them. My name is Elissa Gaus, and I am on a mission.”

Me Fine nominated Elissa for GLAM4GOOD day sponsored by Suave and featured on Huffington Post.  You can read the full article and watch Elissa’s transformation here:

Elissa Gaus GLAM4Good Me Fine Foundation

You can see all of the ways Me Fine Foundation is helping families whose children are If you would like to support Me Fine Foundation, you can GIVE here.  Please feel free to contact Me Fine Foundation

Local Running Club to Fundraise for Me Fine!

Morgan Ericson is turning her passion to good. She, along with her husband and other friends are runners, and are using their running to help raise money for a Me Fine program.


Members at Evergreen Community Church, Morgan reached out to Me Fine Board Member, Diane Moore, and wanted to do more with her running. After meeting with Me Fine leadership, Morgan and her group have decided to seek funds from their network to sponsor the Chemo Duck program that Me Fine supports at Duke Children’s Hospital. The Chemo Duck program provides plush ducks to children who are about to begin chemotherapy treatments for various cancer diagnoses. The ducks have various attributes that help the child understand the procedures that they’re about to experience, and to ease anxiety about their new lives. Each duck costs Me Fine roughly $30, and they’re provided to the hospitals/patients at no charge. Morgan’s group, “The Mighty Ducks Racers” has a goal of $600 for this project, but we’re hopeful they’ll speed past that goal!


If you’d like more information or are interested in running/helping Morgan and her team raise money for this Me Fine program, you can visit their Crowdrise site here:



We’re so honored to have The Mighty Ducks Racers running for us!





Scholarships Available for Camp Oak Hill!

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://animoto.com/play/iYjI0BwXcmLSfawt6iFqQw

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 Saturday, 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.




An Evening at The OAKZ

Raleigh’s newest restaurant welcomed some of the Me Fine family in for a sneak peek in January. Owned and operated by Ira Freedman and Jaclyn Starritt, The Oakz opened its doors on January 31st. The night before the grand opening, the staff entertained a select number of their friends and also a group of Me Fine supporters to sample the fare and to enjoy the atmosphere. Furthermore, Ira and Jaclyn earmarked the proceeds from the evening to benefit Me Fine! Some photos from the evening are below.

The Oakz is located at 510 Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh’s “Glenwood South” area. Please stop in and enjoy a dinner; you can find more information on their website or facebook page. We wish our friends the best of luck in this new venture and hope to see you there soon!

Me Fine Takes Manhattan

Tuesday night, I sat within ten feet of an Academy-Award winner, two Grammy winners, an Emmy nominee, a network TV host, multiple international models and the president of a globally-recognized brand. Those were not the most impressive people in the room. You see, that honor went to the ten women who were the focus of the evening at the 2013 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Gala. These women embodied determination, focus, resolve and in many cases, personal triumph amidst unspeakable tragedy.

Honorees Loreal Paris Honoree Woman of Worth

The Ten Honorees on Stage

One of those women happens to be a personal inspiration for me, and is the very reason Me Fine exists.

In May, Diane Moore recommended we nominate Lori Lee for this national recognition. Diane, now a Programs Director for Me Fine, felt strongly that Lori’s story was worth telling. Of nearly 5,000 applications from across the country, Lori was chosen as one of the 10 Honorees.

Lori Lee and her presenter, International Style and Beauty Expert  Mary Alice Stephenson

Lori Lee and her presenter, International Style and Beauty Expert Mary Alice Stephenson

If you’ve heard Me Fine’s story, you’ve heard Lori’s story. They are one in the same, yet Lori begat Me Fine. I make that important designation because Lori would never do it herself. She never wants the recognition to be about her. She never wants the spotlight to stray from the organization. And that’s one of the reasons this evening was perfect: it shone emphasis directly on Lori’s heart, work, determination and the way she has turned a personal tragedy into an indelible legacy.

Quote from Lori Lee

Quote from Lori Lee

So as we enter our tenth anniversary year, I can’t think of a better way to kick it all off than by honoring the woman whose vision, compassion and drive have laid the cornerstone for this Foundation. I’m honored to have been a part of Lori’s first major introduction to the rest of the world. She’s definitely a woman of worth…even if they don’t make numbers high enough to price tag on just what that worth is.


Signature Joey Powell Me Fine Foundation


Joey Powell

Executive Director


Here are some of the photos from the 2013 L’Oreal Paris USA Women of Worth Gala:

The Lady of the Hour Preps Herself

The Lady of the Hour Preps Herself


Me Fine's Staff (photo courtesy - Mary Angel Bastin)

Me Fine’s Staff (photo courtesy – Mary Angel Bastin)

Place setting

Place setting

The Me Fine Contingent Joins Lori on Stage (photo courtesy - Diane Moore)

The Me Fine Contingent Joins Lori on Stage (photo courtesy – Diane Moore)

Lori K. Lee honoree L’Oréal Woman of Worth

L’Oréal Paris  ~ Women Of Worth - Me Fine Foundation, Lori K. Lee

Lori Lee Me Fine Foundation Founder L'Oreal Paris USA's Photos - L'Oreal Paris USA











We are so excited to announce that Me Fine Foundation’s founder, Lori Lee, is one of L’Oreal Paris USA 2013 Women of Worth finalists! If Lori wins, Me Fine Foundation will receive up to $35,000 to help more families in need of support.   Official Rules Here.

Lori launched the Me Fine Foundation as a way to acquire resources for families facing life-changing challenges. As family members struggle both emotionally and financially, the foundation strives to ease the pain by meeting specific individual needs.

Me Fine Foundation little FoldenHer son Folden who passed away was the inspiration for the name “Me Fine.” Despite undergoing taxing treatments and ultimately succumbing to the disease, two-year-old Folden would always respond to the question, “Folden, how are you today?” with “ME FINE!

Words can not express how proud we are of Lori Lee and Me Fine Foundation!  That’s why Lori is a 2013 Woman of Worth!

Loreal Paris Lori Lee Woman of Worth











If you would like to support the mission of Me Fine Foundation to serve families with critically-ill children, please donate here.

Thank you for your continued support!

Signature Joey Powell Me Fine Foundation





Joey Powell, Executive Director

Me Fine Foundation, Inc.





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