IC Charity Update

Inside Carolina is excited to announce that it has raised $6,368 in recent charitable efforts. We'd like to extend a special thanks to the auction winners for their generous contributions, to IC's Audrey Pukash for organizing the fundraising and to the great charities.

Two basketballs signed by the entire 2005 national championship team and a ball autographed by Dean Smith were the items auctioned off this spring. The charities that received the auction money were Volunteers for Youth and the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation.

"It is an incredible feeling to assist in raising funds for Volunteers for Youth and the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation," said Audrey Pukash, Inside Carolina's Sales & Marketing Director. "Inside Carolina continues to show strength in the community as the people that frequent the site and enjoy the magazine show passion for the Tar Heels and passion towards community involvement. This is our 2nd year auctioning off items for charity and we look forward to continuing this tradition each year."

In addition to the funds generated by the auctions, Inside Carolina will also again be making a contribution of its own to Volunteers for Youth and encourages Inside Carolina readers to consider the charities involved in these auctions.

"Volunteers for Youth is grateful to everyone at Inside Carolina -- from the staff to the readers -- for their continuing generosity and support," said Susan Worley, VFY's Executive Director. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the Heels reaching their goal of a national championship than by helping local at-risk youngsters achieve their personal goals. Thanks to Inside Carolina for helping make children's dreams come true."

Volunteers for Youth is a private, nonprofit, United Way organization that has been making a difference for young people in Orange County, N.C. since 1982. Click here to find out how you can become a part of this worthwhile organization.

The Avon Breast Cancer Foundation is funding the fight against breast cancer through a unique multi-faceted initiative called the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which through 2004 has returned more than $350,000,000 to the breast cancer cause worldwide. For more information on how you can contribute to the important cause, click here

Michael Gutschmit of Pinehurst, N.C., photographed with IC's Audrey Pukash, bid $3,000 to the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation for a basketball autographed by the 2005 basketball team.

Chris Carlson won the raffle for the Dean Smith autographed basketball for Volunteers for Youth.

Travis Smith of Roanoke, Va. won an autographed team basketball with his bid of $3,100 to Volunteers for Youth. Travis is pictured with his wife Susan, their daughter Kelsey, son Joshua and VFY Executive Director Susan Worley.

Senior football player Brian Chacos, with the Smith Family and Susan Worley, at the Football Car Wash that benefited VFY.

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