May 26, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Blueplate PR in Raleigh has announced RHA Howell Care Centers as its 2009 pro bono client. Blueplate PR will work with RHA events coordinator Debbie Valentine on promoting community fundraisers.
For nearly 30 years, RHA Howell, North Carolina’s largest private, not-for-profit provider of residential-based services for developmentally disabled people, has operated almost entirely on Medicaid funding. That’s no longer enough. Public funding cannot keep pace with the cost of continued quality care and capital improvements at these centers, including the Gatewood Center, Greensboro Group Homes and Thomasville Group Homes.
So for the first time in its history, RHA Howell began launching a series of community fundraising events in 2007.
Currently, Kim Weiss of Blueplate PR is providing public relations services for The Epicurious Vino Challenge, a fundraiser to be held at the Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level, NC, on May 30. Some of the state’s finest professional chefs will be competing to see who creates the best dish using a designated Hinnant wine as a key ingredient. US Food Services’ team of executive chefs will choose one winner. Participants, who get to sample all of the dishes as well as 18 Hinnant wines, will choose a People’s Choice winner. Live jazz, raffles and other activities are included. For more information and tickets, go to www.rhahowell.org.
About RHA Howell: RHA Howell has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program.
About Blueplate PR: Owned and operated by award-winning journalist Kim Weiss, Blueplate PR is a small and cost-effective boutique public relations agency located in downtown Raleigh offers a fee structure optimized for modest PR budgets. This makes Blueplate PR the ideal solution for small firms, companies, business and individuals. For more information, visit www.blueplatepr.com.