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Restoration Runway, the signature fundraising event for Restoration Place Counseling (RPC), will take place on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Greensboro Country Club. This year’s theme is “Greater Generation” — a testament to women who have changed their trajectory of brokenness through counseling at RPC.

“Brokenness tends to be passed from generation to generation,” said Cindy Mondello, Founder and Executive Director of Restoration Place Counseling. “When women take the steps to heal, they break the pattern. They are not only healing past generational brokenness, but future brokenness as well.”

Each year, Restoration Runway enables RPC to provide over 6,000 professional counseling sessions to girls and women who could not otherwise afford the services.

“Restoration Runway: Greater Generation is about a community coming together to celebrate healing and to empower women in life-changing ways,” Mondello stated.

At the event, guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a high-energy fashion show featuring women from every generation. Models of all shapes and sizes, ages 4-91, will showcase fashions from local retailers, including Cotton Blossom Boutique, Contemporary Lady, Fleet Plummer, Gordon’s Menswear, Lane Bryant, Monkee’s of Irving Park, Polliwogs Children’s Boutique, Simply Megs, Talbots, and Wicked Purple.

Tickets are $50 and on sale at

RPC is grateful for the support of generous event sponsors, including Corporate Accommodations (Presenting Sponsor), Doug and Kathy McClay, Ward Black Law (Signature Sponsors), Krispy Kreme, Michel Family Foundation (Runway Sponsors), Olympic Products, Papa Johns, One Source Document Solutions, Dr. Parish McKinney (Restoration Sponsors), Sally Alexander, Columbia Forest Products, Chuck and Cindy Griffie, Southeast Church Furniture, Solis Mammography, VF Jeanswear, and David and Susan Woods (Dignity Model Sponsors).


The Small Grants Program from “NBN:

Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods” has distributed $15,000 in small grants to seven (7) grassroots community groups in 2015 to help improve neighborhood communities and initiatives throughout Winston-Salem. These 2015 grassroots small grants ranged from $190 to $5000. All grantees went through an application process that included a site visit. The 2015 Small Grants Recipients are:

Hosanna House of Transition—$5000 small grant to help develop a Laundry Service Worker Co-Op.

100 Men’s Ministry—$750 small grant to develop a community garden project to address the substandard eating habits and hunger in the 1100 Manly Street community.

CATT (Cleveland Avenue Transformation Team)—$1,900 small grant for partnering with the Liberty Street Market to host a community day for the Cleveland Avenue home residents and surrounding neighbors. The goal for the community day is to gather the community together for information about how to become involved in community projects and events within the Cleveland Avenue neighborhood community.

MAMA WATA Cultural Arts Collective & the Happy Hill Community—$350 small grant to implement a summer cultural arts program for youth and children in the Happy Hill Community and to emphasize self-esteem through a curriculum of storytelling, writing exercises, and African American culture.

UNITY Neighborhood Association (an historic Neighborhood Association)—$4,299.17 small grant to develop and pilot a new program to engage youth in their community by providing lawn care services in the Bowen Park community area and to develop and create a dialog between teens and adults living in the community.

Blank Space Project (a grassroots organization working inside the community for change)—$2110 small grant for the Boston Thurmond neighborhood area and Kimberley Park Elementary School to help sustain the recently developed “Kimberley’s Kids Community Garden” for the 2016 planting season.

Neighborhood Conversation $400 allocate to conduct two Neighborhood Conversations new program through the NBN Small Grants Program called “Neighborhood Conversations” that will teach residents how to engage with their neighbors by developing listening conversation.

Happy Hill Community (an historic African American neighborhood)—$190 for a new program through the NBN Small Grants Program called “Neighborhood Conversations” that will teach Happy Hill residents how to engage with their neighbors by developing listening conversations and vision sessions. !