RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes and Lenovo, global leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology and presenting sponsor of the Carolina Hurricanes Alumni Game, will build, paint, and decorate 30 bookshelves at PNC Arena for the children in Book Harvest's Book Babies Program. Staff from the Hurricanes, Lenovo and PNC Arena, as well as team mascot Stormy, will volunteer at the event on Monday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 29 from 4 p.m. - 6p.m. The bookshelves will be delivered to Book Harvest on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
Book Harvest is a current grant recipient of the Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation. Book Harvest is a nonprofit organization that provides books to children who need them and engages families and communities to promote children's lifelong literacy and academic success. Book Harvest believes that books are essential to children's healthy development and well-being and that all children deserve to grow up in book-rich homes. Book Harvest's Book Babies Program aims to promote kindergarten readiness by providing 10 new, age-appropriate books to low-income children every six months from birth until they start kindergarten. For more information on Book Harvest, visit their website.
The Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation provides much-needed funding to children's charities and education programs throughout North Carolina. The Kids 'N Community Foundation has funded scholarship programs, youth hockey, educational and literacy efforts, children's health programs, the arts and other children's related initiatives. During the 2016-17 season, the Kids 'N Community Foundation donated $560,000 in grant monies to 29 North Carolina children's non-profit organizations. Every member of the Hurricanes organization is actively involved in community activities and the Hurricanes take great pride in the ability to have a positive impact in our state.
Lenovo is a longtime supporter of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Kids 'N Community Foundation and numerous statewide educational initiatives. Lenovo employees are actively engaged with local communities, volunteering more than 23,000 hours with nonprofits and public schools last year alone. Currently, Lenovo is hosting a two-week, employee drive collecting book donations to support Book Harvest's efforts. In addition, Lenovo recently sponsored the Carolina Hurricanes Alumni Game, which raised over $40,000 for the Kids 'N Community Foundation to grant to local nonprofits.