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Brookdale donates Thanksgiving meals
Carolina House Wake Forest was one of eight Brookdale Senior Living communities that helped provide Thanksgiving meals to seniors living alone or otherwise unable to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Above, Shana McCrimmon and Ashley Garner with Carolina House in Wake Forest help deliver the gourmet dinners.
More than 400 meals were delivered in the Raleigh-Durham-Cary area Nov. 27. The dinners included turkey, gravy, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and everything else down to the cranberry relish an pumpkin pie.
“It’s our way of giving back to the community,” said Rebecca Smith, senior regional sales and marketing director for Brookdale Senior Living. “We hope that these meals will help make a positive difference for local seniors this holiday season.”
Ram Gridiron Challenge raises $2,000
Chris Leith Dodge helped to raise $1,700 in funding for the Wakefield High School football team with the Ram Truck brand’s Ram Gridiron Challenge program. The fundraising event was held Nov. 1, during the football game with Wake Forest..
Participants earned a $20 contribution to the Wakefield High School football team from the Ram Truck brand by taking a brief test drive in a Ram Truck, including the Ram 1500—the 2013 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.
Chris Leith Dodge supplied the vehicles, and volunteers from the dealership were on hand to assist in the fundraising drives.
Greater Franklin County Chamber news
•The Franklin County Economic Development Commission’s annual Holiday Lunch and Learn is sponsored by AFLAC, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Johnny Bull’s Steak House, 32 Golden Leaf Drive, Louisburg. The presentation will be 50 low cost marketing ideas by Alyssa Mako, assistand director of the Women’s Business Center of N.C. Confirm attendance today (Thursday) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
•The Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Christmas business after hours Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Louisburg Moose Lodge, 191 Moose Loop Road. The gathering is being sponsored by Franklin County Farm Bureau, Wake Electric Membership and Youngsville Truck Tires & Services. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and spirits will be served. To attend, respond by Dec. 6 to 919-496-3056.
Wake Forest Area Chamber news
•In First Friday Networking held Friday, Angela Jamison will share about how small businesses can use LinkedIn for growth.
•Dec. 11, Lisa Eyrolles of Elite Tax and Financial Services will discuss sole proprietorships, business income and deductions.
•The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas business after hours is at SunTrust Bank, downtown Wake Forest, Dec. 12 5:30-7 p.m. All attendees are asked to bring canned goods for Tri-Area Ministries.
Christmas trees for Miracle League
Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services is selling 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-feet tall Christmas trees through tomorrow (Friday), 6 p.m., with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting The Miracle League of Franklin County. They are located at 804 North Bickett Boulevard in Louisburg.
Edward Jones collects toys for Safespace
The Edward Jones office of Jim Staples will be collecting toys for Christmas for the clients of Safespace. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the downtown Youngsville office between 9 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through next week.
Toys will also be collected at the office during the Youngsville Parade Saturday. For more details please contact Kirke at 919-556-7562 .
Downtown window display competition
As part of “The Magic of Christmas” in Downtown Wake Forest, businesses are competing for the “Best Holiday Window Display.”. Your vote will enter you into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate from a downtown business of your choice.
The voting box is located at the Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St. Voting begins Friday, Nov. 29, and ends Sunday, Dec. 15. Winners will be announced in the Dec. 19 issue of The Wake Forest Weekly.
Youngsville Museum holds open house
The Youngsville Museum of History will host an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The history book, Sketches of Youngsville and Pacific by Mrs. Lib Cheatham will be on sale at the museum. Those who have pre-ordered can also pick up their copy during that time. The books sell for $15 each.
Gonza Tacos y Tequila, the self-described fun, funky Mexican/Latin restaurant located in The Factory, 1849 S. Main St., hosted a soft opening Saturday and officially opened Sunday.
The hours posted on their gonzatacosytequila.com website are Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, Tuesday-Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m. for dinner, Friday dinner 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-8:30 p.m.
Ammons Development group collects toys
Ammons Development Group is asking the Heritage community for donations to brighten the season for homeless families.
The fifth annual Heritage toy drive will benefit the children served by the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
Members of the master-planned community in Wake Forest and Rolesville are in particular being asked to donate new, unwrapped gifts for infants to teenagers through Dec. 15.
Donations can be left at the Heritage Sales Center at 804 Heritage Lake Road and the Heritage Clubhouse at 1250 Heritage Club Avenue.
Local truck driver recognized for safety
Hamlin Raney of Wake Forest, N.C. has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) for three years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.
The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella. Safe driving awards are available to all eligible OOIDA members who qualify based upon the number of years for which the member has operated a commercial vehicle without being involved in a preventable accident.