Heroes for Hope: The Heroes for Hope Program brings a different and creative aspect to bringing assistance to families in western North Carolina who are fighting illnesses and disabilities. This original concept developed be renowned artist Jackson Guice, who is best known for his work on Superman, Disney’s Toy Story, and the Little Mermaid brings artists, athletes, musicians, and business leaders together to raise funds and bring a greater awareness of the needs of the children and families that Eblen Charities serve. Funds are raised through direct donations and events such as the Heroes for Hope 10 K Walk. Heroes for Hope provides an opportunity for all who wish to be involved the opportunity to be a hero to someone less fortunate and provide most welcome hope.
Heroes Vs. Hunger: Headlock on Hunger – Hoops Against Hunger – Huddle Against Hunger
In the on going fight against childhood hunger in our community there is no stronger alliance than the Heroes Vs Hunger.
Headed by World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee, former world champion, and star of the Discovery Channel’ Vikings series, Heroes Vs Hunger brings together the best of the world of sports, entertainment, business, multi-media, literature, and technology in helping to ensure that no child in our community has to face the specter of hunger while at home.
Headlock on Hunger – Led by national chairman, Jim Ross, WWE Hall of Fame broadcaster, Fox Sports contributor and creator of The Ross Report podcast, Beth Copeland (Beth Phoenix) four-time world champion and WWE Hall of Fame inductee. Headlock on Hunger brings together the wrestling and MMA communities as well as public, private, and sports organizations to help provide meals for students who may not have enough to eat at home during the extended holiday breaks from school.
Hoops Against Hunger -Initiated by National Chairman and NBA All-Star Brad Daugherty, brings together the basketball community, the Southern Conference, along with public, private, and sports organizations, as well as local and national sponsors to help provide meals for students while away from school.
Huddle Against Hunger – Led by National Chairman and NFL star quarterback and former Congressman Heath Shuler to brings local high school and college football teams in joining the fight against childhood hunger.
During the football, wrestling and basketball seasons, local high school teams and teams from the Southern Conference collect food and cash donations for our student hunger programs. Buffalo Wild Wings in Asheville also hosts Headlock on Hunger / UFC Join the Fight Night shown at their restaurant as well as 10% of all sales going to Headlock on Hunger.
More than two million meals have been distributed to students in our community through these tremendous programs.
In addition to the food collected, students are able to visit any Arby’s in Buncombe County and receive a free Arby’s Healthy Kids Meal each day during the holiday breaks by presenting their Arby’s JoyFull Holidays at Home meal card that is generously provided by the Brumit Restaurant Group and Arby’s. Additional food is also provided by Ingles Markets through the Food for Thought program.
The Brad Daugherty Foundation: Created by NBA All-Star, NASCAR analyst, and Swannanoa native Brad Daugherty in effort to reach out and serve our community and touch the lives of those in need across the world, the Brad Daugherty Foundation offers unique perspectives and programs to address issues that effect the less fortunate by seeking and combining resources to provide relief, help, and solutions. In partnership with the Center for Social Enterprise, the Brad Daugherty Foundation is bringing together the world of business, sports, and the public sector in looking for innovative and direct support to issues that effect western North Carolina and other parts of the globe. Through his programs such as the Great Turkey Giveaway or the Inner City Gun Buy Back Program or heading up the Beyond All Boarders Global Initiative, Brad and the Brad Daugherty Foundation brings welcome help to families that many have forgotten.
The Saint Nicholas Project: The Saint Nicholas Project provides Christmas gifts, clothes, food, and other items to children and families in our community to help ensure that their Christmases are a bit brighter and provide hope for the coming year. In Partnership with Ingles Markets, WLOS-TV, iheart Radio, the Harley’s Owner’s Group, the Smokey Mountain Toy Run, Mission Health, Pepsi, the FIRC Group, Two Men and a Truck, and hundreds of other businesses and families.
Eblen Publishing: Created to help with the great amount of information on programs, partnerships, and events, Eblen Publishing produces brochures, booklets, and posters that bring out the work of the Eblen Charities to a wider audience as we continue to seek out those who may be in times of need.
- Eblen Online: The cornerstone of our communication outreach, Eblen Online provides comprehensive information in the outreaches, programs, partnerships, and events of the Eblen Charities. Visitors to our website can gain information on our programs, see upcoming fund raising events, read the current and back issues of our newsletter, obtain volunteer information, and contact us for assistance or to volunteer.
- Eblen Newsletter: As part of our publishing outreach, Eblen Newsletter brings a weekly newsletter via email to thousands of readers each week throughout our community and reaching more that twenty states and thirteen foreign companies. Each issue brings Eblen supporters up-to-date on programs and events as well as stories and comments from the families whose lives we are fortunate to touch each day. To subscribe to the Eblen Newsletter please email us as [email protected]
- Meeting the Challenge: Much like Eblen Online, Meeting the Challenge provides our board of directors a weekly online newsletter to keep them conversant of upcoming dates and events important to them. Meeting the Challenge also provides the board with information of upcoming programs and other pertinent news they need to help guide the Eblen Charities forward
Darren Holmes Acceleration Sports Foundation: As part of the Center for Social Enterprise, the Darren Holmes Acceleration Sports Foundation epitomizes the heart and spirit of the “power of ideas,” and the outreach that come from the work of the Center. Nothing represents that more that our partnership with the Acceleration Sports Foundation founded by New York Yankee World Series champion pitcher, Darren Holmes. Reaching out beyond the mound, the Darren Holmes Acceleration Sports Foundation offers local athletes, first responders, and other in the community the opportunity to train and improve their fitness for competition and health through the work of this innovative Acceleration Sports Institute.
Eblen Communications: In order to assist families traveling to hospitals throughout the state and nation, Eblen Communications was established to help provide and maintain the vital link of keeping in touch with their families and friends without the added concern of additional costs. Through developing partnerships with Verizon Wireless and other communication companies, Eblen Communications will continue to assist our local children, adults, and families stay in contact with their loved ones when it matters most.
The Dark Horse Project: The Dark Horse Project offers new opportunities for the Center for Social Enterprise to look at new ventures, ideas, and partnerships to enhance and better serve our community. These new projects will encompass a wide variety of projects and offer a platform for innovative ideas to improve the lives of those we touch. The Dark Horse Project brings together original thoughts and endeavors that may not see the light of day due to the lack of a vehicle to provide the pieces needed to put their ideas into motion. The Eblen Center for Social Enterprise was founded on the principle of looking beyond traditional thoughts and methods in addressing issues and challenges in the community by bringing together partnerships from the public and private sectors to move forward together in providing services to those in need in our community. Dark Horse exemplifies the heart of the Center for Social Enterprise and the “Power of Ideas” that it seeks to bring together. The Dark Horse Project is open to anyone who would like to contact us with any ideas or thoughts on programs or partnerships that can improve the lives of those in western North Carolina.
The Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service: Providing access to the top business and thought leaders as well as bestselling authors, the Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service brings to western North Carolina corporate training and motivational leadership that has been seen across the world. Founded by respected businessman and community leader, Dewy Andrew, the Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service offers to the public and private sectors alike the opportunity to participate in cutting edge career development from the world’s most recognized experts from the areas of business, entertainment, and sports. In an exclusive partnership with the Global Executive Learning Network, and Lessons in Leadership, the Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service will be bringing to our community via live broadcasts and live events such as bestselling authors such as Dr. Stephen R. Covey, John C. Maxwell and Ken Blanchard – thought leaders Marcus Buckingham, Malcolm Gladwell, and Jim Collins and real world practitioners Frances Hesselbein, Jack Welch, and Larry Bossidy. Special subject specific programs are also offered such as Branding for Power and other programs being offered online. As part of the Center for Social Enterprise, the Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service will donate all proceeds from all events to the direct outreach of the Eblen Charities.
Eblen Partnerships: If one thing is evident in the work of the Eblen Charities, it is that it cannot stand alone. The many partnerships and strategic alliances that we have been fortunate in helping to develop have served the community far beyond what the Eblen Charities could have done without working side by side with these wonderful companies, agencies and organizations.
- Employee Partnership Programs: In accordance with its commitment to their most valuable resource, their employees, the following companies have extended their outreach to a level that few companies have attempted to reach. These unique partnerships provide the employees of the companies additional emergency assistance beyond the traditional benefits offered.
- The Arvin/Meritor Employee Assistance Program
- Asheville Buncombe Technical College Employee Assistance Program
- The Wilsonart Employee Emergency Assistance Program
- The Printpack Associate Assistance Fund
- The Biltmore Company Employee Emergency Outreach
- The Baldor Employee Assistance Outreach Program
- The Kimmel and Associates Human Fund
- Buncombe County 1st Responders Employee Assistance Program
- Woodfin/Eblen Water Project: Developed by the board of the Woodfin Sanitary Water and Sewer District, the Woodfin/Eblen Water Project assists Woodfin Water customers who are having difficulty paying their water bills due to circumstances beyond their control.
Eblen Events: To help continue the outreach of the Eblen Charities, a family of fundraising events has been developed not only to raise the funds but also to thank our supporters for all they have done throughout the year. No organization can operate without the funds it takes to provide the assistance it offers, and the Eblen Charities is not any different. The money raised through donations, events, programs, and other opportunities is used as a tool to help provide the assistance to the children, adults, and families that the Eblen Charities serve.
- The Brad Johnson Celebrity Golf Classic
- Eblen Charities BOOsters
- Eblen Charities Pumpkin Sales
- The Eblen Heroes for Hope 10K Walk
- The Brad Daugherty Fall Golf Invitational
- Giving Thanks at Thankgiving
The Graduation Initiative: The Graduation Initiative is a unique partnership that brings together the Buncombe County School System, Buncombe County, and the Center for Social Enterprise to reach out to students in Buncombe County who may be at risk of leaving school before graduation. Building on the successes of programs already established in the Buncombe County School System and forging new and innovative strategies and partnerships, the Graduation Initiative looks to a new frontier of ideas and methods to increase the number of students graduating from high school and ensuring a greater possibility of success in the future truly showing them that there are no limits.
The Primary Care Project: In partnership with the WP Hickman Company, Three Streams Family Health Center, Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care, and Western Carolina Industries the Primary Care Project provides low cost and free primary health care to employees in our community without health insurance. Through this groundbreaking partnership, the Primary Care Project brings the best of the public and private sector in serving the community and those in need. In responding to a widespread and growing need for employee medical care at reasonable costs, the Primary Care Project offers unique coverage at prices well below the current market prices.