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William Nesbit Named to Handmade in America Board

Friday, August 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – William W. Nesbit III, Senior Vice President, Branch Administrator and Commercial Lending Officer, has been named to the board of directors of Handmade in America, the nationally recognized organization for promoting craft and culture for community and economic development.

Nesbit joined Bank of Asheville when it was founded in 1997. A native of Salisbury, he is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and last year graduated from the North Carolina Bankers Association School of Banking.

Active in civic and professional affairs, Nesbit is a former board chair of Mountain BizWorks and continues to serve on the loan committee for Mountain BizCapital. He lives in West Asheville with his wife and two children.

Bank of Asheville has been recognized as the top community bank in Western North Carolina and one of the strongest banks in the United States. It has five offices in Buncombe County – downtown Asheville, Candler, Leicester, Reynolds and South Asheville.

Founded in 1993, Handmade in America is a nonprofit organization promoting craft and culture for community and economic development in Western North Carolina. It has served as a model for similar programs nationally and internationally.

Asheville Homeless Network Partners with Anything Brand to Knock-out Hunger

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Anything Brands

ASHEVILLE, NC – Anything Brands Online, Inc. and Asheville Homeless Network are teaming up to address hunger issues through the launch of the new Anything Green Online (AGO) Division Consumer Direct Marketing Program for the Asheville, NC region.

Dr. Moss Bliss, Co-Founder and President of the Asheville Homeless Network, stated, “Asheville Homeless Network (AHN) is working to address the hunger problem in Asheville, not only for homeless men, women and children, but for all those in need in the Asheville area, together with a major produce company in Hendersonville. A plan has been developed to sell fresh organic produce directly to consumers in Asheville, at prices that are about the same as supermarkets charge for regular produce. For every 10 pounds of produce sold to customers, another 2 pounds will be donated to food banks that serve Asheville. The goal of the program is to sell organic produce to 10,000 households in Asheville, which will create an estimated 120,000 pounds of produce donations every month.

“This program will be managed by Anything Green Online, a division of Anything Brands Online (ABOL). Consumers will place orders at the Anything Green Online website and will pick up their orders either at their workplace or a convenient location near their home.

‘Doors of Asheville’ Scheduled for November 19th

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – HomeTrust Bank has stepped forward again this year as the platinum sponsor to present the Doors of Asheville, an annual fundraising art auction whose proceeds benefit the services of Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO)

The 2009 event will take place November 19 at The Orange Peel and will feature a live and silent auction of over 30 works of art with doors and housing as the central theme. Live entertainment will be provided by Ol’Hoopty.

Dana Stonestreet, President and COO, HomeTrust Bank commented, “HomeTrust Bank and Mountain Housing Opportunities share a common goal; to help families realize their dreams of owning a home. We are pleased to sponsor the Doors of Asheville event again this year and applaud Mountain Housing Opportunities in all that they do to help so many deserving family members in our community.”

The 2009 Doors of Asheville marks the fifth year that HomeTrust Bank has provided crucial sponsorship of the event. The funds raised will help benefit the 500 families and individuals served each year by MHO’s programs of emergency home repair, rural home rehabilitation, and affordable rental and homeownership development.

“‘We’ll make it home together,’ is what we tell the community,” said MHO Executive Director Scott Dedman. “No where is this concept more evident than in the coalition of businesses, artists, volunteers and friends who come together year after year to support the Doors of Asheville and demonstrate their commitment to affordable housing in our community.”

Artists from around the region are supporting MHO by creating themed work for the event.

The Cliffs Residents Raise $50,000 for Local North Carolina Charities

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

ARDEN,NC – The Cliffs Communities residents at Walnut Cove in Arden, N.C., raised more than $50,000 for local charities through an auction and a charity golf event last month. “It tells you something about the people we have here at Walnut Cove that we tripled the $16,000 we raised last year,” said Koni Findlay, co-chair of the event. The monies are channeled through the Eblen Charities Foundation.

Individual charities will be selected by a joint associations committee, with a focus to help specific projects in need, including support for the arts and children’s initiatives. Charities supported in the past two years include Asheville Performing Arts Center, Eliada Homes for Children, First Responders, MANNA Food Bank, Riverlink, WCCJ Women at Risk and the Western North Carolina Rescue Mission.

“We are pleased to be able to raise this kind of money to help those in need in our community, especially in these economic times. My concern now is, what can we do to top this next year?”

For more information on the Walnut Cove Members Charitable Association, contact Bill Murdock at (828) 255-3066, ext. 29, or write to [email protected]

Asheville Greenworks Holds Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Please join Asheville Greenworks for the first annual Pritchard Park Fundraiser with Live and Silent Auctions, celebrating the 77th birthday of Pritchard Park.

The event will take place on Friday, July 31, 2009 6:30-9:30pm at the S&W, Ellington Room, 56 Patton Ave. Tickets are $75 for single and $125 for couples.

Enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres while considering a unique collection of great silent auction items. Join in the live auction beginning at 7:30pm. All proceeds benefit the beautification, greening, summer entertainment program and holiday festivities for Pritchard Park.

This event is sponsored by The Friends of Pritchard Park, Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors (DARN), and Asheville GreenWorks.

nova Restaurant Gives Back to the Asheville Humaine Society in July

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Nova Asheville

ASHEVILLE, NC – At nova restaurant on 109 Broadway in downtown Asheville, every Tuesday night is "Community Night." The restaurant donates 10% of their sales for the evening to a local not-for-profit. Each month, a different not-for-profit is featured. During the month of July, Asheville Humane Society is the featured non-profit.

Owner Eric Backer is a pet lover. He currently has 2 rescued dogs, but has had many others. "From a foundation of love, the Asheville Humane Society provides a service that is so necessary – taking in neglected animals, finding homes and educating – all of the responsibilities of an aware community. We are proud to be affiliated with AHS and look forward to other opportunities to support their mission."

For reservations, call 828-505-2152, or visit nova on the web at, www.nova-asheville.com/

Charlotte Street Computers to Host Fundraiser for Asheville Greenworks

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Til Beth Do Us Part

ASHEVILLE, NC – Charlotte Street Computers is sponsoring a benefit for Asheville GreenWorks Thursday, July 16 at the Asheville Community Theatre.

The event will feature a private performance of ‘Til Beth Do Us Part at 7:30pm. Come early and enjoy a picnic dinner with us at 6:30 on Thomas Wolfe Memorial Plaza, one of Asheville GreenWorks’ first projects many years ago! Tickets are only $20 per person and include a catered picnic dinner. Call (828) 254-1776 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Asheville Affiliates Presents ‘Come Rock With Us: Good for The Soul’

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Asheville Affiliates

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Affiliates, a non-profit group of over 3,000 young professionals, is pleased to host a fundraiser for All Souls Counseling Center at Pack Place lower lobby on July 9, 2009 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

With tons of great barbeque, bluegrass, ice cream, drinks, live storytellings, raffle/silent auction items, and dancing, "Come Rock with Us" promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment!

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with all proceeds to benefit All Souls Counseling Center. Bring extra cash for the raffle and silent auction items! Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Opening bids on silent auction items vary.

For more information or to RSVP, e-mail [email protected] or call 828-259-3369.

Asheville Non-Profit Organization Makes People in WNC Smile With Recycled Flowers

Monday, February 16th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – In the summer of 2008, co-founders Nancy Pope and Lisa Baker came together to launch a non-profit organization in the Asheville, NC area called Second Bloom. Second Bloom collects cut flowers from grocery stores, weddings, parties, holiday events and other occasions in order to create beautiful, simple flower bouquets for hospice, nursing home, and long-term care residents to keep in their rooms. Since the summer months, Second Bloom has developed an interactive web site, secondbloom.org, and started its first volunteer program in Western North Carolina.

Second Bloom is in search of volunteers near Asheville that can assist with the Flower Exchange Train and help collect donations, deliver flowers and create floral arrangements. Trustworthy volunteers over the age of 18, with a valid driver’s license, are needed for floral delivery and pick up. Volunteers interested in spending time with residents and making small floral bouquets and flower arrangements are also invited to join the team.

In addition, Second Bloom seeks charitable donations and corporate sponsors to provide financial funding in support of their activities and to fund various projects. In 2008 various Asheville area florists, grocery stores and event centers rushed to provide support and flowers for Second Bloom. Biltmore Estate (Lioncrest, Stable Café, The Inn at Biltmore, The Floral Displays Department), Black Mountain Floral Center, Blossoms at Biltmore Park, Flower Gallery, The Bloom Room, Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Homewood, Coleman Place and The Crest Center have all donated flowers to make floral bouquets. Second Bloom continues to expand their flower donations. Recipients of the flowers include Magnolia Health Care Center, Care Partners Hospice, The Laurels of GreenTree Ridge, The McCune Center, Highlands Farm Retirement Community and Shadybrook Assisted Living.

Baker and Pope were inspired to start Second Bloom for personal reasons. Baker’s love of flowers and plants began as a child when taking flowers to her grandmother at the nursing home became a regular outing with her mother. Pope became involved after nurturing a close friendship with Clara Kaminski, a resident of Pisgah Manor. "We couldn’t resist the idea," says Baker. "It has become an amazingly heartwarming enterprise to be involved with day after day," adds Pope. Information about volunteers and charitable donations can be found online at www.secondbloom.org or call (828) 702-0515 / 702-0516.

Asheville’s newest nonprofit organization recycles flowers from grocery stores, florists and events in order to make and deliver floral bouquets at nursing homes, retirement communities and long term care facilities. Second Bloom is the inspiration of founders Nancy Pope and Lisa Baker and currently looking for charitable donations as well as local volunteers throughout Western North Carolina.