The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina held its tenth annual Power of the Purse luncheon today. The event celebrates women in philanthropy by raising funds for Women for Women, a part of CFWNC.
Part of today’s presentation was to recognize four organizations receiving grants from the women’s fund this year, groups that help improve the lives of women and girls in Western North Carolina.
Through the Women’s Fund, more than $2 million has been given to non-profits and organization that support that mission over the last ten years.
Asheville Voice for Animals wants City Council to ban circuses that feature exotic animals. Ringling Bros. closed its’ recent run in Asheville Sunday. Those attending performances at the civic center walked past protesters critical of the circus and its treatment of elephants. Asheville Voice for Animals says Ringling Bros. uses cruel and abusive training methods and should not be allowed to stage its productions in the city. A spokes-woman for the protesters says her members are planning to meet with Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer next week to urge her to support the ban.
The investigation continues as officials with PSNC try and determine the cause of last Fridays' gas pipe line rupture and fire in Buncombe County. Utility officials say service has been restored to nearly all of the seven hundred its customers who were without service following the rupture. David Hurand spoke with PSNC Energy Vice President of Gas Operations George Ratchford about the company's initial findings.
It's been a record setting wet Spring for much of Western North Carolina. David Hurand spoke with Atmospheric Sciences Professor and WCQS weather expert Ed Brotak about why the region has seen so much rain and the June to November Hurricane Season.
A delegation from Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia recently spent ten days in Western North Carolina. David Hurand spoke with members of the delegation following lunch at the Rotary Club of Asheville.