Wake Education Partnership Launches BUILDING LEADERS Fundraising Campaign

Local Nonprofit Raising Money to Better Prepare Wake County Public School Students with 21st Century Skills

Raleigh, NC, September 16, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Steve Parrott, President of Wake Education Partnership (http://www.wakeedpartnership.org/), has announced the launch of the BUILDING LEADERS fundraising campaign effective Monday, Sept. 17. The nine-week initiative, which runs through Thursday, Nov. 15, consists of four teams led by business professionals whose collective goal is to raise $600,000 for Wake Education Partnership. The money will be used to help the group in its efforts to improve student performance in Wake County public schools. The team leaders include:

- Rob Buhler, President, MMI Public Relations
- Damon Dishman, Vice President/Community Bank President, Wells Fargo
- Rodney Gaddy, Vice President for Local Government and Community Relations, Progress Energy
- Gary Greene, President/Chief Executive Officer, Greene Resources, Inc.

The BUILDING LEADERS initiative will define and guide Wake Education Partnership’s delivery of programmed resources to educators and students in their classrooms and schools. It will also bring together representatives from the Wake County business community, elected officials, educators and other nonprofits who are often the key decision makers when it comes to promoting best instructional practices. Through the work of the Partnership, educators will be better able to prepare students with the content knowledge and leadership skills demanded by employers for the workforce of the 21st century.

Personal investments in the Building Leaders Campaign have already been made by all members of Wake Education Partnership’s Board of Directors and Leadership Council to show their strong support for students across Wake County. To invest in the BUILDING LEADERS initiative, visit

“We place unparalleled value on our students’ education in Wake County,” said Smedes York, Chairman of York Properties. “With the more rigorous Common Core standards now in place in our schools, we hope this fundraising initiative will allow us to further show our local business community the important role Wake Education Partnership plays in building future leaders.”

“The BUILDING LEADERS campaign helps create a foundation for student success through the investments of the business community,” said Parrott. “With their support and the support of others, we will work together to prepare students to face and solve our most pressing challenges.”

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About Wake Education Partnership:
Wake Education Partnership, an independent, nonprofit advocacy group for Wake County public school students and teachers, works with local business leaders, educators and elected officials to help reach the common goal of increasing student performance measured against world-class standards. For more information, please visit http://www.wakeedpartnership.org.

Ryan Didsbury
MMI Public Relations
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Wake Education Partnership
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