Trig Modern Raises Nearly $5000 for SAFE Haven for Cats During “The Cat’s Meow” Auction

The Dwell House by Grant Newton

Dubbed the “Dwell House,” a sleek composition of intersecting cubic volumes rendered in white laminate and natural wood, was one of six Modern cat houses created by architects and furniture designers to benefit SAFE Haven for Cats during The Cat’s Meow Cocktail Party and Auction sponsored by Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh.

For the auction, the six imaginative houses were joined by a mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis of Raleigh and New Orleans, a large neon tabby cat sculpture perched on an old radio by neon artist Nate Sheaffer of Raleigh, and an iconic mid-century modern chair from Modernica donated by Trig Modern’s owner Bob Drake.

Under The Sea by i.S. Design

Approximately 100 cat enthusiasts attended The Cat’s Meow, along with

For Perching, Playing, and Napping by Little Associates.

two three-month-old kittens that SAFE Haven’s founder and director, Pam Miller, and a few volunteers brought to the event. Trig Modern provided an abundance of party food, wine, beer, and chilled water for the crowd as they perched on modern sofas and chairs throughout the showroom.

Mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis

With entertaining encouragement from professional auctioneer Ben Farrell, who donated his services to the cause, every item sold for prices that exceeded their designers’ expectations. Proceeds went directly to SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh, a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter and clinic that, to date, has found homes for nearly 8500 formerly stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

The auction itself netted $4525 with the “Dwell House” by Greensboro furniture designer Grant Newton commanding

The Cat Cave by Corey Baughman

the highest winning bid at $1150. Other donations brought in $274 and SAFE Haven sold $59 in retail items, making the grand total for the evening $4858.

Neon sculpture by Nate Shaeffer

“We want to thank Pam and the SAFE Haven volunteers; our delightful auctioneer Ben Farrell who made the auction entertaining as well as profitable; the architects, designers and artists who contributed their time and talent to the cause: and everyone who attended, especially all of the enthusiastic bidders,” said Bob Drake. “It was a wonderful evening and we’re looking forward to another Cat’s Meow next year.”

Background: This past February, Drake and Trig Modern’s interior designer Ann

Marie Baum, a SAFE Haven volunteer, invited architects and other designers throughout the Triangle to create “cool, modern” houses for indoor cats for the fundraising auction. According to guidelines, the houses had to be modern in style and of such quality that potential bidders would welcome them in their homes. They also had to be small enough to fit through a regular residential door and light enough for two people to carry them.

Multi-Use Play Tower by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA

The following designers created the cat structures:

The “O” by Bret Page Architecture

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com

For more information on SAFE Haven for Cats, visit www.safehavenforcats.org.

About Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information, visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744 and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

About SAFE Haven for Cats:

SAFE Haven’s mission is to ensure the well-being of every cat through adoption, affordable spay/neuter services, community outreach and adherence to no-kill principles. The shelter receives no government funds and relies solely on private donations for 84% percent of its budget. Visit safehavenforcats.org for more information.

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The Raleigh Architecture Co. Raises Funds, Food For Urban Ministries of Wake Co.

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Sunday Supper in the city: RACo helps raise $1500 and 200 pounds of food. Photo © Juli Leonard.

The downtown Raleigh firm hosts Capital Club 16’s Sunday Supper On The Road.

The Raleigh Architecture Company (RACo), a design-build firm in the city’s downtown Warehouse District, helped raise $1500 and 200 pounds of food for Urban Ministries of Wake County when partners Craig Kerins, AIA, and Robby Johnson, AIA, hosted Capital Club 16’s “Sunday Supper On The Road” event in their offices on Sunday, November 9.

Shannon and Jake Wolf own and operate Capital Club 16, an American-German restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Several times annually they collaborate with other local businesses, artists, farmers, and friends to host “Sunday Suppers On The Road,” family-style dinners featuring all-local food and beverages. Open to the public but with limited seating, these suppers raise funds for various non-profit organizations. All proceeds are donated to the designated non-profit.

“We’re great friends with Shannon and Jake and we wanted to host an event that allowed us to celebrate the season, friendship, local purveyors, and to raise awareness for a community organization [Urban Ministries] that’s providing a critical service,” said Johnston. “Holding the November Sunday Supper in our office was an opportunity to give something back to the city that gives so much to us.”

Actually, the Sunday Supper took place in RACo’s workshop, which is under the same roof as the office on South West Street. Fifty-five people sat at white linen-draped tables to enjoy food and drink from Laurel Branch Gardens, Locals Seafood, Boulted Bread, and Trophy Brewing — all Raleigh-based businesses. Capital Club 16’s pastry chef Carrie Gephart prepared the desserts.

Besides purchasing tickets to the supper, which raised the $1500, attendees also donated food for Urban Ministries mission – 200 pounds of it.

Urban Ministries of Wake County is a private, non-profit organization that engages the community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing nutrition and promoting health and wellness. For more information: www.urbanmin.org.

For more information on Capital Club 16, go to www.capitalclub16.com.

For more information on The Raleigh Architecture Company, visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

About The Raleigh Architecture Company:

The Raleigh Architecture Company is an award-winning design/build firm specializing in Modern sustainable architecture, and craftsman-quality construction. As licensed architects and general contractors, we consider designing and building to be one integrated process. This streamlined approach empowers us to meet our clients’ economic expectations and to seamlessly execute high quality details, both small and large. Our office and shop are located under one roof in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at 502 S. West Street. For more information visit www.raleigh-architecture.com, call 919-831-2995, or email: info@raleigh-architecture.com.

 

Five New Sponsors Sign On For RHA Howell’s “Blue Tie Casino Night”

March 8, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – RHA Howell, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs and their families for more than 35 years, is pleased to announce five new “Friends Circle” level sponsors for RHA Howell’s Blue Tie Casino Night.

Blue Tie Casino Night is a major fundraiser to be held in New Bern, NC, on Saturday, April 17, beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the children and adults at RHA Howell’s Tar River and Greenville Group Homes, and River Bend Centers. The event will include music, fine food, signature drinks and a host of non-cash-prize casino-style games, such as Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette.

The five new “Friends Circle” sponsors ($500) are:

– Carolina Mobility & Seating, Inc., specialists in pediatric mobility and seating for eastern and central North Carolina and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia (www.carolinamobility.com)

– Bill Schmidt of Van Products, a Raleigh-based company that meets the specialized transportation requirements of physically challenged individuals (www.vanproducts.com).

–  Hastings Ford, the Greenville, NC, dealership for new and pre-owned Ford vehicles and rentals (www.greenvillenewcars.dealerconnection.com).

– Tandemlock, a New Bern-based company that designs and manufactures customized lifting and mobilizing jobs for the transport industry, all branches of the military, port authorities, governments and agencies around the world (www.tandemlock.com).

– Morcom Medical Consultants, PLLC (formerly known as Medical Management Company), which was founded in 1995 by William Cromer, MD, and his partner John Moore, PA-C.  Both Dr. Cromer and Morris have been caring for clients in the eastern RHA Howell facilities since that time. Dr. Cromer serves as Medical Director.

“It’s so gratifying when the wonderful people we work with us show their support for our fundraisers, especially in such a difficult economy and with devastating cuts in our funding,” said Debbie Valentine, RHA Howell’s marketing and special events planner. “The generosity of everyone represented in our ‘Friends Circle’ is an example of how we work together to open the world to people with disabilities.”

Blue Tie Casino Night will take place in the main ballroom of the Hilton River Front Hotel in New Bern. Tickets are $50 each with tables of 10 available for $400. Seating is limited. To purchase advance tickets, go to www.rhahowell.org/BlueTie.aspx or call RHA event coordinator Debbie Valentine at 919-803-2690. Preferred attire is “dressy cocktail” with an emphasis on blue rather than black tie, reflecting RHA Howell’s logo color.

The RHA Howell Tar River Center in Greenville is a pediatric unit supporting 30 medically fragile infants and children with disabilities. The Greenville Group Homes provide quality care for children and teenagers with developmental delays and special needs. The RHA Howell River Bend Center in New Bern is home to 125 children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Proceeds from the Blue Tie Casino Night will directly benefit each person served by these programs.

For more information on RHA Howell, Inc., visit www.rhahowell.org.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that 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. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to www.rhahowell.org.

Metro Magazine Signs On As Major Sponsor For “Blue Tie Casino Night”

February 23, 2010 (NEW BERN, NC) – RHA Howell, Inc. is pleased to announce that Raleigh Metro Magazine, the city-regional monthly magazine with coverage from the Triangle region to the coast of North Carolina, has become the first Platinum Sponsor for Blue Tie Casino Night, a major fundraising event to be held in New Bern, NC, on April 17th. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit children and adults with disabilities.

The Platinum Sponsorship level is worth $5000. The magazine’s in-kind donation is a full-page, color advertisement for the event in its March edition.

Metro’s editor and publisher Bernie Reeves is well-known for supporting a variety of charitable efforts through the magazine and its website, including Heroes of Hope, an organization that raises public awareness and funds for brain tumor research.

“We are always grateful for support from our sponsors, but especially this year in a difficult economy and because of devastating cuts in our funding,” said Debbie Valentine, RHA Howell’s marketing and special events planner. “The extreme generosity of Metro Magazine is an example of how we can all work together to open the world to people with disabilities.”

RHA Howell, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs and their families for more than 35 years, is presenting Blue Tie Casino Night as a fundraiser benefiting children and adults at its Tar River, Greenville Group Homes, and River Bend Centers.

The event will take place in the main ballroom of the Hilton River Front Hotel in New Bern and include music, fine food, signature drinks and a host of non-cash-prize casino-style games, such as Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette.

The night will also feature a silent and live auction. The live auction will give party-goers a chance to bid on five major entertainment packages ranging from a Fighter Pilot for a Day experience to a Girlfriends Shopping Getaway in New York City.

Tickets to the Blue Tie Casino Night are $50 each with tables of 10 available for $400. Seating is limited. To purchase advance tickets, go to www.rhahowell.org/BlueTie.aspx or call RHA event coordinator Debbie Valentine at 919-803-2690. Preferred attire is “dressy cocktail” with an emphasis on blue rather than black tie.

The RHA Howell Tar River Center in Greenville is a pediatric unit supporting 30 medically fragile infants and children with disabilities. The Greenville Group Homes provide quality care for children and teenagers with developmental delays and special needs. The RHA Howell River Bend Center in New Bern is home to 125 children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Proceeds from the Blue Tie Casino Night will directly benefit each person served by these programs.

For more information on RHA Howell, Inc., visit www.rhahowell.org.

For more information on Raleigh Metro Magazine, go to www.metronc.com.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that 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. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, visit us at  www.rhahowell.org. or join us on our Face book page.

Lather Hair Salon to Hold Cut-A-Thon for Habitat/Wake

logo_horizontalNovember 2, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — A Cut-a-Thon to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will be held Thursday, November 12, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Lather Hair Salon off Glenwood Avenue North/Highway 70, Raleigh.

The money Lather raises will be used to help sponsor Habitat/Wake’s 2009 Holiday Home Tour & Party later in November.

“We want to show our support for Habitat/Wake’s on-going mission to

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Jessica Williams, owner, Lather Hair Salon

build good, affordable homes for low-income families who simply can’t qualify for traditional mortgages,” said Lather’s owner and senior stylist Jessica Williams. “The annual Homes Tour & Party are also fundraisers for Habitat/Wake. So by helping to sponsor that wonderful event – during which tour goers get to see a collection of homes Habitat has built – we can extend Lather’s donation beyond the money we raise during the cut-a-thon.”

From 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on November 12, Lather will donate the usual payment for every hair cut done that day to Habitat/Wake. Lather’s hair cut prices are: women’s cuts $38-$50; men’s $22-$31; and children 10 and under $18-$26. (Stylists’ tips are not included.)

Complimentary beverages will be served during the Habitat/Wake Cut-a-Thon, and a donation box will be on hand so customers can donate even more if they want.

“The box will also be there for anyone who may not need a hair cut that day but still wants to donate,” Williams added.

Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has joined with individuals and local organizations to build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families living at modest income levels. Habitat for Humanity helps people build and buy their own homes by creating opportunity, not dependency.

“So we’re hoping lots of folks will decide to make their next hair cut count for more than just style and beauty,” Williams said. “By getting your hair cut at Lather that day, you’ll be supporting one of the best causes out there. We encourage everyone to remember the Habitat mission: ‘Building homes, building hope, building community.’ “

Lather will accept walk-ins and appointments for the Habitat Cut-a-Thon. To make an appointment, call 919-792-0715.

For more information on Lather Hair Salon, visit www.latherhairsalonnc.com. For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, visit www.habitatwake.org.

 

About Lather Hair Salon:

Lather Hair Salon is a full-service, upscale salon specializing in color, cuts, waxing, deep conditioning treatments, shine glossing, perms, anti-curl treatments, and both trendy and classic styling. Lather also offers special wedding party services both in-salon or on location.. Lather’s stylists maintain “Hair Academy 101,” an on-going blog on hair care, styling, products, and DIY techniques.

Lather Hair Salon is located at 8521 Cantilever Way, Suite 109, just off North Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West near Carmax. For more information visit www.latherhairsalonnc.com or call 919-792-0715.

Lather Hair Salon is also available on Facebook and through Citysearch.

 

About Habitat/Wake’s Annual Home Tour & Party:

The 9th Holiday Home Tour & Holiday Party will be held Sunday, November 22, from 5-9 p.m., beginning at the Habitat ReStore, 2420 Raleigh Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27604. Buses will depart at 5 p.m. for an hour tour of local Habitat homes. The party will include appetizers, seafood from 42nd Street Oyster Bar, and dessert, plus live music by “Old Avenue.” Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved at https://habitatholidaycards.kimbia.com/hometour.

 

 

 

Fundraising Fashion Show To Celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

pipfSeptember 18, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Pretty In Pink Foundation and the Women Business Owners Network (WBON) will host “Honoring You,” a Fashion Show and Luncheon, on Wednesday, October 7th, to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to raise funds for the Pretty In Pink Foundation. The show and luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m., at the Matthews House, 317 W. Chatham Street, Cary.

The Fashion Show will include 10 winter styles from Doncaster in Chapel Hill, modeled by WBON members and Pretty In Pink Foundation volunteers. Fashion authority Mary Michele Little of OneChicMama.com will emcee the show.

Pretty In Pink Foundation is the only not-for-profit organization in North Carolina that provides financial resources for uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients with limited financial means, including the lack of health insurance. In a message to its membership, WBON noted the reasons why funds raised from the Fashion Show and Luncheon are so important:

  • One in 10 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year and almost 20 percent of women in North Carolina are without health insurance.
  • Life-saving breast cancer treatment bills can total in the $100,000s.
  • Pretty in Pink Foundation, headquartered in Raleigh, provides access to quality of life support, education and life-saving resources to North Carolinians diagnosed with breast cancer, regardless of their ability to pay.

Those who attend the event can get involved in various ways besides the cost of a ticket, WBON notes. They can honor someone by sponsoring a Pink Balloon Display or Pink Flower Bouquet for the Show. (Both are $25 and can be purchased at www.wbon-cary.org.) They can also purchase raffle tickets for $5 to win a “50/50 Drawing” in which 50 percent of the money raised through the raffle goes to Pretty In Pink. (Last year’s winner took home $2500.)

The cost for the luncheon is $20 for members and $30 for non-members who pre-register before Monday, October 5th at 12 noon.  Registration at the door is welcomed for $40.

For more information on the “Honoring You” Fashion Show and Luncheon and to make reservations, visit www.wbon-cary.org or contact Ruth Drum at Crossroads Business Center at 919-424-3801.

For more information on Pretty In Pink Foundation, visit www.prettyinpinkfoundation.org.

About Pretty In Pink Foundation

Pretty in Pink Foundation is the only not-for-profit organization in North Carolina that provides financial resources for uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients with limited financial means. Founded in 2004 by breast surgeon Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, Pretty In Pink’s vision is to have a presence in every state by 2020 and is well on the way of breaking ground in Virginia and South Carolina in 2010.  More than ninety percent of donations go directly to providing the funding for necessary treatment, surgery, support and resources to help breast cancer patients win the fight.  Proudly supported by Triangle-based Capital Bank, Pretty In Pink Foundation is able to minimize operational costs by maintaining a committed group of volunteers and supporters to further its efforts. For more information on donating, sponsoring, volunteering or applying for hardship funding, please visit www.prettyinpinkfoundation.org.

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Chefs vs. Wines: Epicurious Vino Challenges Set

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April 28, 2009 (Raleigh, NC) – The Epicurious Vino Challenge is set.  The competing chefs have “selected their corks,” which revealed the Hinnant Family Vineyard wine they must use as a key ingredient to create a gourmet dish during this fundraising event to benefit children and adults with a disabilities. The competition will be held Saturday, May 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery in Pine Level, NC.

The chefs and their challenges are:

Personal Chef Mario vs “Southern White”

Urban Food Group vs “Magnolia,” “Tar Heel Red,” “Peachy Too,” and  “Carlos”

Chef Tom Armstrong of Vinnie’s Steakhouse vs “Blush”

Chef Frank Peters of Catering Works vs “Southern Red”

Chef Terry Moody at the Pound Cake Company vs “Strawberry”

Chef Joyce Jenkins of The Serving Spoon vs “Pack House Gold”

Personal Chef Wendy Perry vs “Norton”

Walnut Creek Country Club Chef Scot Elden vs “Scuppernong”

Broken Eagle Eatery Owner/Chef Bobby Carraway  vs “Carolina Wildflower”

US Foodservice’s executive chefs Bob Passerelli and Mark Turner will serve as judges to determine which chef created the best dish and present the H&H Grand Prize. Guests will enjoy the various dishes and choose the People’s Choice.  They will also have the opportunity to taste all 18 Hinnant wines as well as signature martinis.

Live jazz will be provided by the Peter Ingram Trio with Elmer Gibson.  An original painting created by artist Brenda Behr especially for The Epicurious Vino Challenge will be up for auction.  Guests will also vie for a case of prime choice steaks from US Foodservice and an evening at the vineyard for a Christmas party, donated by Hinnant Vineyards.  A Lorenzo necklace valued at $1000 from Barnes Jewelers of Goldsboro will be won in a raffle.

Reserved tables for eight are $400. Individual tickets are $50. Raffle tickets for a gift from Barnes Jewelers are $50 each.

For tickets and more information about The Epicurious Vino Challenge, contact Debbie Valentine at dvalentine@rhanet.org or call 919-941-0530.  Tickets are also available at the Hinnant Family Vineyards by calling 919-638-6519 or emailing: events@hinnantfamilyvineyards.com.

All proceeds will benefit a child or an adult with a disability at RHA Howell’s Bear Creek, Walnut Creek, and Magnolia Creek locations. RHA Howell is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities across the state of North Carolina.  Its services are provided in Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir, Pitt, Craven, Orange, Durham, Guilford, Forsyth, Cabarrus, Catawba, Iredell, and Anson Counties.  For more information on RHA Howell, visit www.rhahowell.org.

About US Food service:
US Foodservice (www.usfoodservice.com) is the Grand Benefactor for The Epicurious Vino Challenge. Additional sponsors include Fallon Benefits Group, Southern Pharmacy Services, PFMI, Jim & Donna Panton, SCA Tena, Morcom Medical Consultants, Blue Water Spa, Second Empire, Carolina Café, the Kinston Indians, and The Carolina Mudcats.  Print Enterprises of Henderson, NC is the print sponsor.

About Hinnant Family Vineyards:
Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery (www.hinnantvineyards.com) is the largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina, sprawling over 80 acres.  Their international award winning wines range from dry white and reds to traditional sweet scuppernongs. They are located between Raleigh and Goldsboro.

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Raleigh Stylist Contributes Time,Talent to Charitable Fashion Show in Charlotte

January, 2007 (RALEIGH, NC) – Nichole Lu Maye, a hair stylist with Salon Moxie in North Raleigh, recently participated in “The Luxury Living Show — Mercedes, Fashion & Furniture” held at The Fountains Shopping Center in Charlotte. Proceeds from the event went to the Charlotte Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation.

Lu Maye worked through Coco Fleur, a Parisian-style clothing boutique, to create hair and make-up for local celebrity wives, including professional wrestler Ric Flair’s wife Tiffany.

Felix Sabates’ Mercedes Benz of South Charlotte sponsored the event, which was hosted by radio personality and author Cooper Lawrence.

Nichole Lu Maye, originally from Tampa, FL, is a graduate of the former International Institute of Hair Design in Raleigh. She joined Salon Moxie in October.

Created by the owners of Samuel Cole Salon in Raleigh, Salon Moxie is Iocated in North Ridge Shopping Center, 6191 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit http://www.salon-moxie.com

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