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2018 Grant Recipient Details
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These are the grants awarded in December 2018. Forty different charities requested a total of $576,735. We distributed a total of $320,000 to 36 local organizations in which our members are actively involved.


The maximum amount a charity could request is $20,000. The Grants Committee was comprised of Bob May (Chair), Bill Dockendorf, Sandi Heckman, Joe Neri, Jan Friedt, Susan Heinemann, Bob Irelan, and Clare Haislip. 

If you have any question about these grants or the grant process, please email Bob May at Bob May.


AB Tech

To fund "Upskill WNC" - focused on hard-to-employ adults as they exit the criminal justice system.

Awarded: $14,500     Requested: $15,000     Sponsor: Bob Irelan

Arts For Life

To provide and maintain art tables for pediatric patients and family members at Mission Children's Hospital.

Awarded: $6,000     Requested: $10,000     Sponsor: Jan Friedt

Asheville Area Arts Council

To support hands-on workshop experiences in ceramics, painting, drawing, music, dance, poetry, weaving, textiles, and mixed media for veterans and their families.

Awarded: $6,000     Requested: $10,000     Sponsor: Bill Dorfman

Asheville Art Museum

To support a number of programs for students, including Scholastic Arts Awards and Summer Art Camp.

Awarded: $7,900     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Carolyn Coward


Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

To support life skills education and programming at Steadfast House, ABCCM's transitional housing facility for homeless women and children.

Awarded:  $20,000    Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Nancy Thompson

This request received matching funds.


Asheville Humane Society

To support the Safety Net Program that provides support for people that need help caring for their pets.

Awarded: $2,000     Requested: $5,000     Sponsor: Elaine and Gerry McGuire


Asheville Symphony Chorus

To present Handel's "Messiah" in its entirety in two events.

Awarded: $1,500     Requested: $7,500     Sponsor: Ed Eudy


Asheville Symphony Society (1)
To support Garrick Ohlsson's youth educational and outreach component of the 2019 Asheville Amadeus Festival.

Awarded: $2,000     Requested: $10,000     Sponsor: Cary Findlay


Asheville Symphony Society (2)

To support the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra's finale concert.

Awarded: $1,000     Requested: $5,000     Sponsor: Cary Findlay


Asheville Symphony Guild

To support Music in the Schools, a program to introduce 3rd and 4th grade students to classical music.

Awarded: $1,000     Requested: $5,000     Sponsor: Gayle Hanley

Avery's Creek Elementary School
To fund: hot lunches for students, equipment for their STEM program, upgrade playground equipment to comply with the NC State Healthy Active Children policy, and a pottery project.

Awarded: $15,700     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Julia Peterson


Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County

To fund new staff members to lead year-round, out-of-school programs for at-risk youth in Henderson County.

Awarded: $16,000     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Dianeice Eldridge


Brevard Music Center

To support the Concertmaster Studio Program of BMC within the institute's arts and education programming.

Awarded: $3,900     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Katie Loeb-Schwab


Bridges Reading Enrichment Program

To serve children from our neighboring Estes Elementary School.

Awarded: $3,000     Requested: $5,000     Sponsor: Sandi Heckman


Church of the Advocate

To fund "Women Do Good Works!" - a new opportunity for homeless women to participate in their work program.

Awarded: $19,500     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Bill Dockendorf


Eblen Charities
To provide clothing and shoes for nearly 550 students in need.

Awarded: $15,900     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Susan Ableidinger


Flat Rock Theater Vagabond School of Drama

To support two of the core elements of Flat Rock Playhouse's eduction initiatives - Studio 52 Family Programming and the Apprentice Program.

Awarded: $8,000     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: John Maxwell


Girls on the Run of WNC

To subsidize the cost of delivering physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd through 8th grade students to 85 girls in the Roberson school district.

Awarded: $9,600     Requested: $12,000     Sponsor: Jane Maxwell


Haywood Street Congregation

To purchase food and supplies for Downtown Welcome Table meals served twice each week at Haywood Street Congregation to hundreds of individuals who are struggling in poverty and/or experiencing homelessness.

Awarded: $19,500     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Rick Guthy


Homeward Bound of WNC
To support the critical services provided for people experiencing homelessness at the agency's AHOPE Day Center in downtown Asheville.

Awarded: $16,000     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Roseann Cioce


MANNA Foodbank

To support MANNA Packs, providing critical nutrition for children in need to bridge the gap when they do not have access to a school lunch.

Awarded: $15,900     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Sierra Paturalski


Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County

To purchase wholesale food for meal preparation for homebound seniors in Buncombe County.

Awarded: $16,000     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Kevin O'Connor


MusicWorks Asheville

To support an intensive after school music program, which is in its fifth year and currently serves 75 students at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville.

Awarded: $2,000     Requested: $5,000     Sponsor: Cary Findlay


New City Christian School

To develop a fine arts program that will broaden their students' exposure to the arts, such as music, art, and theater.

Awarded: $4,800     Requested: $8,000     Sponsors: Paul and Sharon Malone

No Barriers

To sponsor five local veterans on a 5-day Back Country Expedition in western North Carolina.

Awarded: $12,000     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Peter Champagne

North Carolina Arboretum Society

To support their innovative "Project EXPLORE" - a youth education program.

Awarded: $7,900     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: A. Stout


North Carolina Stage Company

To support free on-site and mobile educational workshops, professional performances, and intergenerational programs for those who experience barriers to attending traditional on-site programming.

Awarded: $5,900     Requested: $14,850     Sponsor: Bill Dorfman


Organic Growers School

To support the Home-Grower Programs division, which serves as the education outreach and public awareness branch of OGS, specifically for backyard and homestead growers in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Awarded: $1,000     Requested: $15,000     Sponsors: Bob and Kara Turner


Park Ridge Health

To purchase 4 new Vital Sign monitors for Cancer and Infusion Center patients.

Awarded: $5,500     Requested: $14,000     Sponsor: Peter Champagne


Pisgah Legal Services

To provide low-income families free, quality legal assistance to stop domestic abuse and family violence; prevent homelessness and stabilize housing; secure health care and benefits' obtain food and income assistance.

Awarded: $20,000     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Pete Friedt and Billy Solmson

This request received matching funds.



To fund their Watershed Education Program, which is focused on getting students in their local streams and rivers to help them understand how these ecosystems operate.

Awarded: $4,800     Requested: $12,000     Sponsor: Buck Bragg


Society of St. Vincent DePaul - Barnabas Church

To fund the increase in demand for diapers and food for low income families.

Awarded: $9,700     Requested: $10,000     Sponsor: Bob May

UNC Asheville

To support Leadership UNCA - a two credit course for 20 sophomore students beginning in Fall 2019; the course is taught in a unique partnership between UNC Asheville's Leadership Asheville program, The Career Center, and the Student Affairs division.

Awarded: $6,600     Requested: $16,500     Sponsor: Donna Bailey

UNC Asheville Foundation

To support the UNC Asheville summer Piano Camp, a one week, non-resident day camp for local middle and high school students at intermediate and advanced levels of piano.

Awarded: $2,000     Requested: $13,185     Sponsors: Donna Bailey and Jeannie Graham

Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center

To support "Learning Live!" - an arts-based curriculum program designed to address the North Carolina's Standard Course of Study for K-12 students.

Awarded: $1,000     Requested: $2,700     Sponsors: Joan MacNeill and Koni Findlay



To support the Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Program, offering self-management education and support in order to prevent the onset and/or encourage the management of diabetes, particularly for the most vulnerable community members

Awarded: $15,900     Requested: $20,000     Sponsor: Robin Sipos