North Carolina Business Leaders Support Education by Sponsoring Fifth Annual North Carolina Education Ball

NC Education Ball To Benefit Communities In Schools of North Carolina on June 16th

Raleigh, NC, March 31, 2007 --( The North Carolina Education Ball, a fundraising event for Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), once again has the support of major state-wide corporations. GlaxoSmithKline will be the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Education Ball entitled, An International Affair.

Other main sponsors include RBC Centura as the Invest In Success Sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as the Celebrate Leaders Sponsor, ABC11 WTVD as the Media Sponsor, and Progress Energy will serve as this year’s H. Glenn Williams Power of One Awards Sponsor. In addition, this year’s Graeme M. Keith Student Leadership Award Sponsor is Wal-Mart; BB&T and Cisco are Platinum Sponsors; and Bank of America and Stop Studios will serve as Gold Sponsors. The annual ball honors educators and those involved with education across the state.

This year’s event, co-chaired by President/Publisher of The News and Observer Publishing Company, Orage Quarles and his wife, Linda, and Bank of America Market President Executive and President of Bank of America North Carolina, Graham Denton and his wife, Anne, will take place on June 16th at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

For more information about this year’s NC Education Ball, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Paige Holland Hamp,

About Communities In Schools in North Carolina
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 38 local operational programs in North Carolina serving 400 schools and other sites. During the past school year, CIS served over 100,000 youth and family members and it maintains a presence in the five largest school districts in North Carolina. For more information on CISNC visit

Graham H. Wilson