EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Carolina Tiger Rescue wins high honor

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Carolina Tiger Rescue — a Pittsboro group which operates a 55-acre non-profit sanctuary and is dedicated to saving and protecting wild cats of all kinds, both in captivity and in the wild — has received the highest award the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits bestows, the Stewardship Award.

It was one of three winners this year, along with a multi-county Partnership for Children based in Rocky Mount and a pro-literacy group in Asheville. The award is given to non-profits "that use exemplary practices to be sure they always earn the public's full trust."

According to a list on the N.C. Center for Nonprofits' website, this is first time any group from our local region of Chatham, Lee, Moore or Harnett counties has won the award, which has overwhelmingly been granted to groups from Asheville or the Charlotte and Research Triangle areas since it was established in 1995.

The N.C. Center for Nonprofits' president, Jane Kendall, had this to say according to a write-up on the award website: "Carolina Tiger Rescue saves wild animals, but it also rescues and re-uses millions of pounds of materials that otherwise would go to local landfills.

"We are honoring Carolina Tiger Rescue today as a creative nonprofit that focuses on extraordinary conservation of natural, human, and financial resources. They do this by collaborating with just about everybody in Chatham and surrounding counties."

Other contest judges praised the group for its sound financial accounting practices and ability to get 150 regular helpers working seven days a week, 365 days a year despite a detailed vetting process and conflict-of-interest policy for paid staff, board members and volunteers alike.

In other news...

* The Harnett Health Foundation will host its eighth-annual Benefit Weekend on Friday and Saturday. There will be a golf tournament starting at 10 a.m. Friday at Chicora Country Club, and live and silent auctions will be held Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. at The Barrington House in Dunn. Proceeds from these events, as well as from a raffle, will go toward a Women's Imaging Center and a new CT Scanner for Harnett Health, which owns Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn and Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington. More information can be found at www.harnetthealth.org/benefitweekend or by calling 910-892-1000 (ext. 4483). Tickets for the raffle are $20 and can be purchased by calling that same number or at the front desk of either hospital.

* Carolina Town & Country is hosting a customer appreciation day beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 12, featuring special pricing on select feeds and a drawing for a $500 gift card. More than 30 vendors will also be on-site displaying new products and answering questions. Finally, customers will have the opportunity to enter in the national Purina Check-R-Board sweepstakes for a chance to win a 2013 John Deere XUV 550, one ton of Purina Feed or other items.

* Business fluctuations: In the past week, one new corporation formed in Lee County — Mine Design Systems — while one corporation, RP Auctions and Services, was dissolved.

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