Passage Home Raises $54,000 to Combat Homelessness and Poverty in Raleigh

“My Story, My Song” Featured Country Music Star Jimmy Wayne.

Raleigh, NC, June 09, 2011 --( Passage Home, a nonprofit agency fighting poverty and homelessness in Wake County, raised $54,000 at its “My Story, My Song” event held on June 2. All proceeds raised at the event will benefit Passage Home programs, which aim to combat poverty and homelessness in Wake County. Passage Home is currently working to enable and provide community development programs and services which focus on resident development, economic development, education and security to enable a sustainable, economically thriving, self-sufficient MLK South Gateway community.

The event featured country music star Jimmy Wayne, a North Carolina native, personally experienced life as a poor, homeless youth before finding success as an adult with several country hits, including the three-week No. 1, “Do You Believe Me Now.” Wayne will soon be a first-time published author when his novella, Paper Angels, comes out later this year.

“We are honored that so many people from the community came out to support Passage Home at ‘My Story, My Song’,” said Jeanne Tedrow, CEO and co-founder of Passage Home. “Jimmy’s story was inspirational to all of us and we look forward to using the funds raised at this event to support our local neighborhoods.”

“Passage Home is an excellent example of an organization that is truly committed to helping our local community by providing a hand up, not a hand out,” said William Buckner, Bayer CropScience CEO and a member of Passage Home’s board of directors. “We are proud to be a part of all of Passage Home’s programs and are excited to see the impact that this organization is having on our local community.”

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- More than 250 people attended “My Story, My Song.” The event was held at the Marriott Downtown Raleigh – State Ballroom, located at 500 Fayetteville St.

- For more information about Jimmy Wayne, visit

- For more information about Jimmy Wayne’s “Meet Me Halfway” project, which addresses what should be done for foster youth who “age out” of the foster care system and face serious life problems such as homelessness and poverty, visit

- Bayer CropScience was a title sponsor of the Jimmy Wayne benefit event. The crop science company was recently recognized at Passage Home’s “3C’s Breakfast” with the Corporate Responsibility Award for its support of Passage Home.

About Passage Home:
Passage Home fights poverty and homelessness by strengthening families and neighborhoods. They are a nationally recognized nonprofit community development corporation that has been serving Wake County, NC since 1991. They have developed a network of corporations, congregations, and community organizations that are supporting this work. For more information, visit


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