Larry C. Strickland

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Retired, Director City of Raleigh Inspections

Larry Strickland worked for the City of Raleigh for over 34 years before retiring in the spring of 2011. At the time of his retirement, he was the Director of the Raleigh Inspections Department. He was responsible for enforcement of the land use regulations and building and minimum housing codes, as well as plans review for permitting. He previously worked in the Raleigh Parks and Recreation and the Raleigh Planning Departments, before moving into the Raleigh Inspections Department in 1981, where he assumed ever greater responsibilities.  

Frances D. Bisby

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Assistant Secretary
Transportation Engineer,
NCDOT, Transportation Planning Branch

Frances Bisby is currently a Transportation Engineer and Coordinator for the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization within NCDOT's Transportation Planning Branch. She oversees the long-range, multimodal planning efforts for the Transportation Management Area and over 300,000 residents. She has 10 years of experience in traffic engineering and three years in long-range transportation planning.

Mahlon L. Aycock

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Owner, Char-Grill Companies

Mahlon Aycock has been a Co-Owner and Operator of Char-Grill Restaurants, Inc for 38 years. He’s lived in the Raleigh Area since 1975 and graduated from Atlantic Christian College with a degree in Accounting. 

FastMed School Supply Drive

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FastMed Clinics
August 4 - September 15

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 3:00pm - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Local FastMed Clinics are helping collect school supplies for Raleigh Rescue Mission from August 4 – September 15. Drop off general school supplies, snack food and classroom supplies including Kleenex, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes at the ten participating locations below. FastMed Clinics are accepting donations 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

From Skid Row to CEO

After a flourishing 25-year career as a software engineer, he launched a wireless technology start-up.  Business was booming until the economy turned. 

“I spent eight days in a shelter. They kicked me out during the day. I went to the park or the library. I met guys who lived in the woods or on the streets."
               – Theo*, former software engineer and CEO of a technology start-up

Theo was a software engineer for 25 years. He raised a family in Charlotte, NC. Both his sons graduated from college. At the peak of his success, Theo started his own wireless technology company.

Business was booming . . . until the economy turned.

Salt & Lime Cabo Grill Fundraising Day

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Salt & Lime Cabo Grill
North Ridge Shopping Center
6006 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Wednesday, July 30

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:30am - 10:00pm

Come to Salt & Lime Cabo Grill for lunch and/or dinner on Wednesday, July 30 to benefit Raleigh Rescue Mission! Salt & Lime features Mexican dishes with a Baja California flavor and has been given a five star rating on Trip Advisor. If you've yet to try Salt & Lime - here is a great opportunity! Twenty percent of all proceeds from July 30 will be donated to Raleigh Rescue Mission. A great excuse to get some friends together for lunch or dinner! 

Tameka Reed

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Community Consultant
Community Development Banking for PNC Bank

Tameka A. Reed is a Community Consultant with Community Development Banking for PNC Bank, Raleigh NC. As a Community Consultant, she works with organizations that are engaged in affordable housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization and stabilization, financial education and community services to help improve the quality of life for low to moderate income individuals and communities.

Bill Kaack

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Vice President
Major Accounts for Wolters Kluwer Financial Services

Bill Kaack heads the Major Accounts direct sales organization and the Alliance (partner) organization, for Wolters Kluwer Financial Services (formerly Bankers Systems, Inc.), the Financial and Compliance Services division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global information services provider. Prior to his 15 years with WKFS, Bill spent 15 years with Deluxe Corporation in strategic leadership positions. Born in North Dakota and raised in New Jersey, Bill received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University (Indiana, PA).

Ben McLawhorn

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Risk Mitigation Services Manager
State of North Carolina - Office of the State Controller, Raleigh, North Carolina

Ben McLawhorn works for the North Carolina Office of the State Controller and currently holds the position of Risk Mitigation Services Manager.  Born in eastern North Carolina, Ben completed his undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a double major in Accounting and Information Systems. Later, Ben went on to earn a Master’s degree of Business Administration from Campbell University.

Finding Hope In the Midst of Loss

“I lost my child, my marriage, my home . . .then I received an Easter miracle!” 

Losing her two-year-old son to illness left Teresa* broken. She buried him on Valentine’s Day. The grief was overwhelming and Teresa just shut down. Her husband coped with his pain by having an affair. Her marriage fell apart.  

Teresa told us that one day she came home from work “and there was a padlock on my door.” They had been evicted from their apartment and her husband had moved without her. 

She was homeless.