Raleigh is awesome. In fact, Forbes recently crowned the city as the #1 place in America for businesses and careers. But even in a thriving city like Raleigh, there are still individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. No one knows more about combating these struggles than Passage Home, the JD Lewis Center and its nonprofit arm, The B.A.G.S Foundation. That's why these Southeast Raleigh-based organizations along with our VIP Community Ambassadors (listed below) have united to start Building A Stronger Raleigh Together by working to break the cycle of poverty in our community. And they need your help!
Building a Stronger Raleigh Together is a movement spanning five months and three events with a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty and a fundraising goal of $250,000. The funds will allow Passage Home, the JD Lewis Center and its nonprofit arm, The B.A.G.S Foundation, to increase their combined impact by 775 homeless and low-income families to a total of 3,125 families (an average family is 3.8 individuals). A portion of the proceeds will go towards expanding the JD Lewis Center's facility, which will have the capacity to serve 1,000 families in Southeast Raleigh. The numbers speak for themselves:
There is only one event left of The Building A Stronger Raleigh Together campaign. But don't worry. We've saved the best for last. We'll see you at our VIP Affair on September 3rd. Buy your tickets today.
Our family festival will be the ultimate destination for Raleigh families this summer. We're talking moon bounces, slip-n-slides, rock walls and food trucks! There's no better way to close out summer vacation and bring in the new school year.
The festival will run from 1:00pm-6:00pm, leading up to the All-Star Exhibition Basketball Game at 7:00pm.
The festival will be held in the parking lot and on the surrounding grounds of Broughton High School, 723 Saint Marys Street, Raleigh, NC 27605.
Having overcome various obstacles in his life as a result of Cerebral Palsy, Chris Hendricks uses his music and experiences in an effort to inspire others. Everyone has their own affliction, but passion and purpose can overcome all obstacles. It is his hope that the vulnerability in his music will shed some light on the lives of others and show them their own potential. Striving to reach and inspire as many people as possible with his music, Hendricks knows he has his work cut out for him. It's a daunting task, but he is excited to be on a journey that is fueled completely by his utmost passion in life. At the end of the day, the music speaks for itself.
The number of high-profile players we're about to fit on one court is going to melt your brain! The best part is that every player in this exhibition game has ties to Raleigh. Many were directly coached by JD Lewis Center Executive Director Dwayne West. Some attended college at the surrounding universities and others grew up right here in our own backyards.
The game will tip off at 7:00pm
Following the family festival, head over to Broughton's Holliday Gymnasium for this inaugural event. 723 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27605
TJ Warren, Darius Johnson-Odom and David West to name a few. Scroll down to see a complete list of participating players.
Attendees of this event will be treated to a high-end, VIP experience.
7 pm - 10 pm
Wine and Design graciously offered up their space for this exciting inaugural kickoff because they believe in the Stronger Raleigh movement, and we're excited to help them officially break in their brand new location at 806 N West St, Raleigh, NC 27603.
That's right. In addition to the great food and drink, music and awesome venue, this VIP Affair will give attendees the opportunity to be a part of building something uniquely Raleigh. And by "build" we actually mean you'll be using your hands. This will be a team effort, and it's going to take each one of us to bring this thing to life!
Think color. Think mosaic. Think skyline. Think Raleigh. Think epic!
Think downtown. Think locally owned. Think distinction in flavor and personality. Think historic venues. Think absolutely delicious! If you're thinking Sitti, The Pit, Gravy or The Raleigh and Morning Times, you've guessed it right! Empire Eats is reshaping downtown Raleigh as a modern culinary destination, and they're bringing their authentic culinary experience to a table near you! Thank you Empire Eats for joining forces with us in Building a Stronger Raleigh Together. We are beyond thrilled!
As a member of Dispatch, Brad has played and sold out some of the most storied venues across the United States including Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks, Red Bull Arena, the Boston Garden, and Radio City. A dynamic solo artist and communicator, Brad’s innate kindness touches those around him and inspires hope. Check out Dispatch's top hit, The General, which has been viewed more than 4.6 million times on YouTube. Brad will be joined by percussionist Rey DeJesus.
We're not calling this campaign Building a Stronger Raleigh Together for nothing. We have some incredible corporate partners who are helping make our goal a reality. Check em out! If you're interested in joining the movement, take a look through our sponsorship packet or contact Jeanne Tedrow (firstname.lastname@example.org) for sponsorship opportunities.
Ladies and gents, give it up for this year's Building a Stronger Raleigh Together All-Star Game roster! Each player has a tie to Raleigh, and many of them were coached directly by JD Lewis Center Executive Director Dwayne West. They came to play on August 1st with Team Warren topping Team West 111-89
If you don't know who Ray King is, read this article. For those of you who won't click the link, Ray has leukemia and plays D1 basketball. Dude's a beast. He's gonna be holding down the sideline for Team West.
Milton Chavis is a Raleigh native who played college ball for Morehead State. These days he plays professionally in England, where he's been known to drop high-light reel dunks just because.
Although Mike Smith is from the Bronx and played his freshman year at Nebraska, the 6-2 guard finished his college career at Shaw Univeristy in Raleigh. He now plays for local minor league team Cary Invasion.
Dre Anderson, a Garner High School alumni and current overseas pro, might have the most bounce of anyone in this game. Don't beleive me? Check out this video of Dre dunking over pretty much everyone.
The Inside Scoop
Because you love Raleigh. Building a Stronger Raleigh Together is all about uniting the people of this city. Our VIP Affair will be held at a uniquely-Raleigh venue. The Family Festival will provide an opportunity for Raleigh citizens from all walks of life to come together for a great end-of-summer experience. And our All-Star Basketball Game is already bursting at the seams with awesome Raleighites.
Simple. Click on the green button that says, "Buy Tickets," and it will take you to an Eventbrite registration page where you can purchase your ticket(s).
Passage Home and the JD Lewis Center have each deeply impacted Southeast Raleigh. Apart their impact is powerful. But together it could be epic! The funds raised through this campaign will increase these organizations' combined impact by 775 homeless and low-income families and individuals. It's a no-brainer. Join us in Building a Stronger Raleigh Together.
Meet some of the people we've had the honor of serving.
I just wanted to let [the JD Lewis Center] know what an awesome job Acquilla is doing with helping Kalen with his math! He understood this week’s assignment so well that the teacher had him to go to the board and instruct the class on how to solve a problem. I am very thankful you all have someone like Acquilla to help the kids!
When I first came to Passage Home, I was in the midst of a 30-year problem with drugs. Since going through Passage Home's programs and working with my case manager, Ann Marshall, I've quit drugs, started paying my rent on time and begun working towards my GED.
Coaches from the JD Lewis Center visit our school each year to teach our students about the skills of basketball and the importance of physical fitness and nutrition. Witnessing their teams compete firsthand, it's clear sportsmanship and character are integral parts of what is taught at the JD Lewis Center.
When I was little, my siblings, friends and I loved going outside to play, but the envirnoment wasn't ideal for young children. Passage Home provided a safe place for us to learn and play through their after-school program. As I was getting older, they even helped me get my very first job during the summer.
Building a Stronger Raleigh Together has almost come to a close. But we've saved the best for last - our VIP Affair.
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