Ceramic Christmas Trees Made by People with Disabilities Now Available Online

RHA Howell announces annual fundraiser.  

December 14, 2011 (Greensboro, NC) — RHA Howell has announced that the popular lighted ceramic Christmas trees made by people with disabilities are available again this year for purchase online.

Available in green or white, the ceramic Christmas trees stand about 12 inches tall and feature tiny lights on the branches that are illuminated by a bulb inside the tree.

People with disabilities who are served by RHA Howell’s Greensboro day and community programs made all of the trees. Proceeds from sales will benefit RHA’s developing arts immersion program.

“Our Christmas trees have been a popular fundraiser for many years,” said special events coordinator Debbie Valentine. “They’re a lovely holiday decoration and our clients love making them.”

The ceramic trees are $25 each plus shipping and handling ($15 via UPS ground). Or they can be picked up at RHA Howell Greensboro, 1508 Gatewood Ave., Greensboro, NC, 27405. Orders should be placed online at www.rhahowell.org by clicking on the Christmas trees icon.

For more information contact Kandy John at 336-273-6105, email: kjohn@rhanet.org; or Roger Jones at 252-521-1131, email: rojones@rhanet.org.

The Greensboro day and community programs are part of RHA Howell’s statewide service to children and adults with disabilities and their families. For more information 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, and 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, please go to www.rhahowell.org.

Green Hill Center Invites Jason Craighead To Join Winter Show

Raleigh artist will feature three works in Greensboro’s premiere art exhibit. 

Struggle For Comfort, mixed media on canvas, 50x by 60h

November 28, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, located in Greensboro, has invited Raleigh artist Jason Craighead to show and sell his work during the 2011 Winter Show, Greensboro’s premiere art exhibition, from December 4 – January 15.

Jason Craighead is a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeastern United States, and it is included in many private and public collections throughout the United States and internationally.

Green Hill Center is one of North Carolina’s preeminent contemporary visual art centers, celebrating the state’s art and culture. This is first time Craighead has participate in the invitation-only Winter Show of 100 artists from across the state, although he has been a part of other events at the Center.

“Having participated last year in Drawing Revisited show and knowing Edie Carpenter and the other staff members there, I have so much appreciation for what they do at the Green Hill Center,” the artist said. “It’s a great venue and a great educational

That Last Fandango, mixed media on paper, 22w by 30h

resource. I’m flattered to be asked to participate, with a group of artists I have great respect for as well.”

Craighead will have three pieces in the Winter Show: a 50w by 60h work on canvas entitled “Struggle for Comfort” and two 22w by 30h works on paper entitled “This Distance” and “That Last Fandango.”

The Winter Show opens Saturday, December 3, with the Collector’s Choice gala fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Gala-goers have an advance opportunity to purchase pieces in the exhibition before they are available to the public. The Show opens to the public on Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 5pm.

The Green Hill Center is located at 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401-2819. (Phone: 336-333-7460). For more information, go to www.greenhillcenter.org.

For more information on Jason Craighead, visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

This Distance, mixed media on paper, 22w by 30h

About Jason Craighead:

Jason Craighead has been a professional artist and an active participant in the Raleigh arts community for many years. He is a member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and chairman of its Art, Education and Collections Committee. He has donated many paintings to charitable art auctions, including the annual Art Papers Auction in Atlanta, and his paintings consistently bring in some of the highest bids. He serves regularly as a juror for art shows throughout North Carolina. He is represented by Flanders Gallery in Raleigh, NC, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, NC, and Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta, GA. For more information: www.jasoncraighead.com.


Health Care Providers’ Conference To Address Critical Changes, Challenge

NC Providers Council to hold annual conference in October.

August 29, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — The North Carolina Providers Council will hold its annual conference, this year entitled “The Change Imperative: Retooling to Meet the Challenge,” October 4-6 at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel and Conference Center at Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC.

According to Executive Director, Bob Hedrick, this year’s event is more critical than ever before.

“North Carolina’s health care system is confronting its most sweeping transformation in decades and it is having a dramatic impact on the people we support. We need to be armed with the information and tools needed to meet these sweeping federal and state changes.” he said. “The NC General Assembly has imposed provider cuts leaving people with disabilities in a compromised state. Medicaid costs are rising and we have been given an ‘imperative to change.’ We must find even more creative ways to support people with limited resources.”

The NC Providers Council preserves and promotes access to quality services for people with intellectual/ developmental/ physical disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse who require support to remain in their communities.

“The conference offers three days of the most up-to-date and relevant information critical to all providers,” said Richard Anderson, president of the council’s Board of Directors and Director of Governmental Affairs & Strategic Development for True Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., “information they need to thrive in the changing world of providing support services for people across in North Carolina. A stronger, more collaborative provider network is essential.”

According to Anderson, conference sessions are “specifically designed to address many of the questions and challenges providers are facing during these new economic and political times as we move to managed care.”

Sam Hedrick, president of RHA Howell, and program chair for this year’s conference, adds that topics range from “The Change Imperative: Retooling To Meet The Challenge;” to “Legislative, Budget, and Policy Changes Affecting Providers;” and “Affordable Care Act – Progress, Challenges, Opportunities.”  Among the 25 speakers lined up for this year’s conference are Lanier Cansler, Secretary of the NC Department of Health & Human Services; Worth Bolton, Clinical Instructor at the UNC-CH School of Social Work; Pam Shipman, CEO of PBH and Dr. Pam Silberman, CEO/ President, NC Institute of Medicine.

The 2011 conference provides attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) through the Council’s partnership with the UNC School of Social Work, Jordan Institute for Families.

The NC Providers Council is also accepting sponsorships for the event.  Any agency, organization, business or individual that would like to sponsor the conference can do so on the website: www.ncproviderscouncil.org.

Registration and a complete conference agenda are also available at the website. For more information, go to www.ncproviderscouncil.org or call 919-784-0230.