DURHAM CITY MANAGER RETIRES Tom Bonfield retires from his position as Durham City Manager
effective Sept. 30, 2020. He shared both personal and professional reasons for his decision in a letter to Mayor Steve Schewel and the City Council on Aug. 2, among them the desire to spend more time with his wife, Karen, their children and grandchildren, as well as his recent 65th birthday, which puts him in a high-risk category for COVID-19 and may “continue to limit the necessities of the job,” including active and direct engagement with employees and residents. “I am thankful and proud to have had the opportunity to be Durham’s City Manager,” Tom says in his letter. “The past 12 years have been the most rewarding and enjoyable of my 42-year local government career. I am appreciative of the support I have enjoyed from elected officials, employees and the community.” The City Council appointed Deputy City Manager Wanda Page as interim city manager beginning Oct. 1.
GIVING BACK Jordan High School seniors Sydney Simpson-Vos and Lindsay Kivel started
a club called “SECU Helping Hands” in an effort to give back to the community. In April, they created a GoFundMe page and, as of press time, have raised more than $500 for the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals operating fund. The American Dance Festival was awarded $10,000 from the South Arts Cross-Sector Impact Grant to support an innovative 18
collaboration with Saxapahaw-based choreographers Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon of Culture Mill and Duke University Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Jeff Hoder. This project bridges professional dancers, people with Parkinson’s disease and medical researchers by utilizing techniques used in contemporary dance to benefit people living with movement disorders. To learn more about the project, visit movingthrough.live. ADF also received a fourth Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grant of $18,000 to support its Parkinson’s Movement Initiative, which partners with Poe Wellness Solutions in Hillsborough and NC Dance for Parkinson’s to offer free classes for individuals living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Through Oct. 26, financial services company Discover is giving away $25,000 every week to a Black-owned business as part of its “Eat It Forward Program.” To learn more and nominate a business, visit eatitforwardterms.com.
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival was selected in July by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive $50,000 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “We are incredibly grateful for the recognition and added support from the National Endowment for the Arts,” says Full Frame’s Director Deirdre Haj. “These funds help mend the economic damage our festival has suffered.” After canceling the event in April, the organization presented 32 films free of charge to a limited audience as part of a virtual festival. The 24th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is scheduled to take place April 8-11, 2021. To learn more about Full Frame’s ongoing virtual programs, visit fullframefest.org. The Durham Literacy Center has set a goal to raise $10,000 to support student technology by Sept. 15. The DLC’s programs went remote in March, and since then, only about 30% of its students have been able to participate in its online programs due to lack of internet access and devices. This campaign will supplement funds received from the Duke-Durham Fund and the United Way of the Greater Triangle, enabling the nonprofit to purchase 80-plus Chromebooks for student use, invest in online learning software, boost its Wi-Fi signal so that it can be used outdoors, provide digital literacy instruction and more. Donate at durhamliteracy.org/ 10kforTech. United Way of the Greater Triangle created the Anti-Racism Community Fund in late July as an extension of the organization’s equity-driven community impact strategy. The fund aims to turn nationwide conversation around systemic racism into local action by providing resources to develop Trianglewide community leadership and organizing capacity while also investing in organizations with experience dismantling institutional racism in the housing, food, health, workforce or education sectors. Individual donations will have double the impact thanks to $125,000 in matching grants provided by United Way and John Rex Endowment. Visit unitedwaytriangle.org/arc to donate.
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