North Carolina Education Ball Raises $266,000 to Benefit Education

Fourth Annual Gala Event Most Successful Ever

Raleigh, NC, July 15, 2006 --( The 2006 North Carolina Education Ball, held June 3 at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh, is now officially the most successful Education Ball ever. Many of North Carolina’s business, community and education leaders attended the Ball.

At a celebration reception held last night (July 13), event chairman Fred Day, CEO of Progress Energy Carolinas, announced that, after tallying direct expenses, the Education Ball netted $266,967 for Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC). The figure represents an increase of more than $75,000 from the previous year.

“The incredible success of the 2006 Education Ball illustrates the support that Communities In Schools of North Carolina has throughout the state,” said Linda Harrill, president of CISNC. “The money raised this year will go mostly to local CIS affiliates across North Carolina that work scrupulously to help keep at-risk students in school.”

“Under the Silver Moon” was the theme of the evening, which celebrated educational advancements in North Carolina communities as well as the individuals who diligently work to improve the educational experience for students. Entertainment included performances by local school groups and Broadway legends, Oh! Those Voices! the New York Baritones.

In addition to the entertainment, four North Carolinians received the H. Glenn Williams “Power-of-One” Award. This year’s recipients were Reggie Hawkins of Bayboro, Ann B. Goodnight of Cary, Petro Kulynych of Wilkesboro and “Coach” Joe I. White, Jr. of Charlotte.

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools has earned its place as the nation’s leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. There are 37 local operational affiliates in North Carolina serving over 400 schools and other sites. During the past school year, CIS served over 80,000 children and family members and it maintains a presence in the five largest school districts in the state. For more information on CISNC visit MEDIA CONTACT: Graham Wilson, (919) 467-5567 or

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