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We had a fantastic time at the fashion show. The winners in our raffle were drawn at our Oct. 18 benefit raising an estimated $3,000 to help the more the 650 foster children in Wake County and support the work of the Guardian ad Litem Program. Shopping with Etcetera and Stella and Dot remains open through November – details below.

The beautiful "Hope" artwork went home with Anna Buckey. The exclusive artwork Dan Campbell created for our use included colors and a rainbow that is reflective of an essay Judge Monica Bousman wrote for the Guardian ad Litem Program. The artwork will be featured on the cover of the 2015 Essay Collection that is produced by the Friends of Wake GAL Program.
Jennifer Ellerbe won the beautiful teardrop diamond earrings donated by Diamonds Direct. Howard Kohn won the $350 Gift Certificate to Modern Art by Dan studio. Naeime Livingston won the $200 Gift Certificate to Etcetera.
Special accolades to our Kappa Alpha Theta friends who were our runway models. More than 120 NC State Thetas celebrated a special Linked Heart to Heart day of service in memory of founder Bettie Locke Hamilton's birthday. Around the world, all Theta chapters completed acts of community service and we are so fortunate to have the NCSU Thetas with us!
Thank you to our sponsors for the evening: Kate Hinkle (Etcetera Wardrobe Consultant), Peggy Hoffert (Miche), Donna Taylor(Stella and Dot), Angelisa Faucette (Photography), and Dan Campbell (artwork).
Our raffle and fashion show event was a success because of our volunteer board members and dear friends. Thank you to all who donated items, volunteered and came to shop!

Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Volunteers

Officers: Liza Weidle (President),  Jordan Samuel (Treasurer), 
Linda Sturdivant (VP), Beth McNally (Secretary).

Board Members: Beth Ayers, Dick Hurley, and Janison Dillon

Advisory Board: Babs Wagner, Catherine Joyner, Fred Ames, Lane Tracey. Jason Mahoney, and Kate Hinkle


Spotlight on a Volunteer: Babs Wagner
Babs Wagner, Friends of Wake GAL board member and volunteer for almost two decades was named "Tarheel of the Week" for Dec. 15, 2013. (picture on left courtesy of N&O)

 “Being a GAL has truly been the most purposeful thing I've done, second only to raising my four children.” 

"Babs is the epitome of a nurturing and giving spirit. Our community has benefited by her generosity and advocacy,” said Naeime Livingston, district administrator for the Wake GAL program. 

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Guardian Angel Tree Holiday Project: With the help of 100s of volunteers and generous sponsors, we are able to provide holiday gifts to abused, neglected and homeless children in care. In 2013, we set a record! 1,114 benefited from this special project that was made possible through $160,000 worth of in-kind donations from donors and sponsors.

Summer Camp Project
Last summer, 47 at-risk children had the chance to be a kid again at camp. Some of the children experienced opportunities to learn life skills and receive special tutoring in academics. 

Special Needs Grant: We provide one-time assistance to families and children in order to meet specific needs including needed dental care, bedding and heat for a home.

Computers for Kids:

In 2013, more than 40 computers were given to children who were struggling with their academics because they didn't have access to computers in their homes.  The Friends partners with Teaming for Technology, an organization within the United Way of the Greater Triangle to provide a computer with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office installed, a keyboard with mouse, a printer and a flash drive, as well as anti-virus and anti-malware software, Microsoft Student with Encarta and Microsoft Math, as well as a variety of software utilities.     

Support for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) training

 In 2013,  81 Guardians ad Litem received special training that included food and gifts from our Kappa Alpha Theta partners. 
Next training class is planned for January 2015.

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