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Business roundup: Little League getting equipment from Team Chevrolet

Team Chevrolet of Salisbury has partnered with Rowan Little League to provide the players and coaches with equipment, instructional clinics and a chance to raise $10,000 in funds for the 2009 season.
The local company said the program brings together America’s favorite pastime and America’s favorite car company.
To support youth baseball, Team Chevrolet will provide Rowan Little League with equipment bags, ball buckets, coaches’ dry-erase clipboards and T-shirts.
Also, thanks to the dealership and other participating area Chevrolet dealers, league members will have a chance to attend a Chevy Youth Baseball Instructional Clinic taught by professionals provided by the Ripken Baseball group.
Rowan Little League will have the opportunity to raise as much as $10,000 through the Chevy-Vehicle Raffle, in which a new Chevy Malibu and Chevy Traverse, along with autographed Cal Ripken Jr. memorabilia, will be given away.
Team Chevrolet and other area Chevrolet dealerships are donating the two cars to be raffled off. All proceeds from the raffle go to the participating leagues and communities.
“Chevy and baseball ó it’s a great combination of America’s brand and America’s game,” Kristin Haynes of Team Chevrolet said. “What better way to help our kids than by donating equipment, providing professional instruction and giving away memorabilia signed by one of the greats, Cal Ripken Jr.
“We are excited to be part of the effort this year and to support the youth and families in our community. We definitely anticipate a fun-filled baseball season with Rowan Little League.”
Last year in the Southeast alone, 437 Chevrolet dealerships helped out more than 477 local communities and their baseball programs by raising more than $3.5 million. You can visit www.ChevyYouthSports. com for more information.
Kidney screening at YMCA Wednesday
A free screening to detect early signs of kidney trouble or disease will be offered from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd, Salisbury.
The screening is sponsored by the Medicine Shoppe of Salisbury, University of North Carolina Kidney Center’s Kidney Education Outreach and Gentiva home health.
Chick-fil-A holding 10-year celebration
The Chick-fil-A restaurant at Towne Creek Commons, 902 East Innes St., Salisbury, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on May 16 with “vintage” pricing.
From 6ń10:30 a.m., chicken biscuits will be available for $2; from 11 a.m.ń5 p.m., chicken sandwiches will be $2.
A DJ will provide entertainment. Children will be able to have their pictures taken with the “Eat Mor Chikin” cow.
Also available for children will be an inflatable bounce house and a bean bag toss game and spinning wheel for Chick-fil-A prizes. There also will be a free sampling of Chick-fil-A menu items.
“We want to thank our customers for their loyalty over the past 10 years by celebrating this exciting milestone together,” said Bo Hawkins, franchise operator of the restaurant.
“The Salisbury community has been integral to our success, so we invite our customers to join us for this celebration, which is sure to be a blast for the whole family.”
The Salisbury restaurant opened in 1999. In 2007, the restaurant received the chain’s highest honor, the Symbol of Success award, which recognizes franchise operators who successfully achieve aggressive sales goals over the previous year.
In addition, the restaurant holds regular Sprit Night fundraising events, during which it donates a percentage of sales to a community organization. In 2008ń2009 alone, the restaurant donated $2,500 to Spirit Night partners.
The Chick-fil-A at Towne Creek Commons partners with several local schools, including all of the Rowan County high schools, and hosts regular community events for its customers, such as its Hawaiian Luau and Valentine’s Day date-night.
The restaurant also spearheaded a fund-raising effort in honor of two local fallen firefighters, raising over $7,300, along with securing an additional $5,000 contribution to the cause from Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer.
Food Lion foundation gives $2,000 for Meals on Wheels
The Food Lion Charitable Foundation has given $2,000 to Meals on Wheels of Rowan Inc.
Meals on Wheels will use the gift to cover the cost of hot meals delivered to the homebound of Rowan County.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant,” Executive Director Rita Sims said. “There is an unprecedented need for this service. Each day, more than 195 meals are delivered throughout Rowan County.
“Currently 70 percent of the recipients are unable to pay full cost of the service. This grant helps us continue serving the homebound of Rowan County.”
Meals on Wheels is a non-profit, community-based, United Way agency committed to providing a hot, nutritiously well-balanced, home-delivered meal and a personal visit each weekday to homebound residents.
This allows them to remain independent and in their homes.
The organization always has a need for more volunteers to deliver meals. For more information, call Meals on Wheels at 704-633-0352.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to improving the communities in which Food Lion operates.
The foundation places an emphasis on the support of primary and secondary education, feeding the hungry and organizations which enhance the quality of life in Food Lion’s local communities.
Food Lion LLC has more than 1,300 supermarkets under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Harvey’s and Reid’s.
Carolina Farm Credit holds Agricultural Leadership Institute
STATESVILLE ó Carolina Farm Credit recently held its ninth annual Agricultural Leadership Institute in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn.
This educational conference brings together and celebrates young, beginning, small and minority farmers. It was created to equip young and beginning farmers to meet the challenges of modern agriculture and encourages the sharing of ideas and networking within the industry.
This year’s 32 participants were couples or individuals from farms across Carolina Farm Credit’s territory and were selected for their farm leadership and achievements.
Before the conference ended, the participants voted to select the three outstanding couples or individuals from the weekend to attend the 2009 Cooperative Leadership Conference in Pawley’s Island, S.C., in July.
The couples selected were Jeff and Mary Cornwell of Lawndale, Luke and Meredith Knox of Cleveland and Luke and Kathy Beam of Lawndale.
Hosted by the Cooperative Councils of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, the July conference is designed to educate its participants about the benefits of dealing with cooperatives.
Other people attending the 2009 Ag Leadership conference were William-Wayne and Mandy Adams, Robbinsville; Chad Davis, Lexington; Rodney and Donna Fulton, Lexington; Travis and Kristie Goodwin, Lilesville; Tracy and Shelley Holmes, Marshville; Chase Hubbard, Swannanoa; Todd and Danielle Maudlin, China Grove; Jeffrey and Mary Ann Meacham, Rockingham; Brad and Stacy Miller, Laurel Springs; John and Kim Pope, Cedar Grove; Dustin and Lea Renegar, Harmony; Lucas Richard, Newton; Ron and Wanda Richmond, Leasburg; Adam and Rebecca Stewart, Newton; Quint and Jaime White, Siler City.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing short, intermediate, and long-term financing to full- and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 37 service centers.
Other financial services available are credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs and financial planning.
The Grove Park Inn seminar was led by Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech and professional speaker. This year, Dr. Kohl focused on the “Mega Trends of Agriculture in the New Economic Realities.”
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