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Rowan roundup: Rack Room joins Shoes That Fit drive to help underprivileged kids

With 18.5 percent of all children in the United States living below the federal poverty level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, many families have to choose between food and clothing.
Seeing the tremendous need facing the nation, Rack Room Shoes has now joined with Shoes That Fit to provide shoes for underprivileged children through a special fundraising effort as the new school year approaches.
All 378 Rack Room Shoes stores are offering a “Finders Keepers” key purse for a $5 donation, which comes with a coupon for $10 off their next purchase of $60 or more. All proceeds will go to the Shoes That Fit program.
Shoes That Fit, founded in 1992, is headquartered in Claremont, Calif.
Rack Room Shoes, based in Charlotte, has roots in Salisbury. Its Web site is www. rackroomshoes.com.
Anicetti’s new post
Rick Anicetti of Food Lion has been elected president of the Carolinas Food Industry Council Board of Directors for 2008-09. The announcement was made during the council’s convention July 24-27 in Myrtle Beach.
More than 1,200 grocers convened for three days of educational seminars, networking, golf and water activities.
Chamber fellowship
The American Chamber of Commerce Executives has announced that Bob Wright, president of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as one of 50 Fellows in the Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development program.
“We are pleased that Bob Wright will participate in the Fellowship,” ACCE President Mick Fleming said. “Professionals like Bob are in a unique position to convene, lead and facilitate regional approaches to economic development and entrepreneurship, as they are the connectors between the business community, public sector and ordinary citizens.”
The Regional Sustainable Development Fellowship will meet to learn about the concepts, policies and practices that support regional approaches to creating long-term, competitive economies. It is a unique, 12-month program for regional leaders who build communities and economies.
C&B Embroidery
Sarah and Jonathan Harbinson have founded C&B Embroidery, a home-based business for embroidery and heat transfer for shirts, hats, jackets and team apparel.
They can be reached at 704-202-6920 or you can e-mail candbembroidery@windstream.net.
Both are graduates of East Rowan High School. She also graduated from Catawba College and he from the Basic Law Enforcement Training at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
They have twin sons, Cole and Bryce, and attend Ursinus Church of Christ in Rockwell.
Realtors designation
Darlene Russo of RE/Max Leading Edge has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists.
The council is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Only 4 percent of Realtors nationwide have earned the credential.
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Linda Braswell compiles the Rowan Roundup of companies, organizations and individuals. You can submit information about new businesses, honors and management promotions to her at the Salisbury Post, P.O. Box 4639, Salisbury, NC 28145-4639; fax it to 704-639-0003; or e-mail lbraswell@salisburypost.com. Please include a daytime phone number.

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