Category Archives: Community Involvement

The 2014 Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC Holiday Meals Drive is in Full Swing – Can You Help?

by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director

Picture this…

“I deliver food to agencies, each time I deliver there are always people standing around waiting for food. It starts out with 5 or 6 and then grows to as many as 50 or 60 people waiting on a delivery.” ~ Food Bank CENC Driver

Unfortunately, this is a reality in nearly every community in our country. It just so happens that as Social Media Ambassadors for our local Food Bank, Fonville Morisey gets to hear first-hand how our Triangle community is impacted by the very real problem of hunger in our own community.

In fiscal year 2013-2014, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina distributed more than 53.6 million pounds of food to a network of 826 partner agencies (food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, group homes).

Food Bank CENC 2014 Holiday Meals Infographic FMRealtyDuring the holiday season hunger doesn’t stop; nor does it stop when the holidays end either. Fonville Morisey takes great pride in helping families in our Triangle community purchase a new home (one that is new to them) or sell their current one. Whether it be in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary or surrounding communities we are here to assist our clients, some of which might be dealing with the problem of hunger themselves right now, who may have in the past, or due to unforeseen circumstances (sudden job loss, death in the family, etc.) may deal with it in the future. This is why we are proud to serve as Social Media Ambassadors for the Food Bank of CENC.

The Holiday Meals campaign began on November 12th with a goal to raise $435,000 or 2.71 MILLION meals before Dec. 31st. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide 5 meals. How ’bout this – a gift of just $35 can provide enough meals to sustain a family of four for two weeks! Every dollar truly does make a difference.

But, if you don’t wish to donate the dollars, you can bring in donations throughout the season at any of their branches, or join them along with WTVD ABC 11 for the annual Heart of Carolina Food Drive-Thru Day on December 10th at participating Kroger locations too.

Either way, we invite you to please consider helping our Food Bank of CENC this holiday season. No man, woman, or child should go hungry in our community. We CAN make a difference!

To learn more about the Food Bank #HolidayMeals campaign, please visit the official Holiday Meals webpage with all the details.

Infographic courtesy of Food Bank CENC.


Fonville Morisey’s Jon Fletcher Reminds You Early Voting for 2014 Has Begun!

The following contribution is from our Jon Fletcher, Sales Associate out of our Fonville Morisey Highway 54 office in Durham. The entire post can be found on his blog at Thanks for sharing, Jon!

Get Out and Vote!

Voter Ballot Instructions via FlickrWhile voting itself can be an arduous process (the ballots are very long for this particular election – please make yourself aware of ALL of the races and issues that you’ll be voting on), there are some things that you can do to make the process easier. As a Precinct Judge, I’ve worked many elections, and here are some suggestions I have:

The first is to VOTE EARLY. In North Carolina, early voting starts on October 23rd and ends on November 1st. To find out where to “early vote” and the hours, go to and enter your County. Pretty simple! The best thing about early voting is that you can go to any early voting site, no matter where you live in that County. But you must stay in the County where you’re registered.

While you’re at the website, go to and enter your name and County, and you’ll find a multitude of information. The most important things here are your precinct, your polling place, and a Sample Ballot. On Election Day, you MUST vote at your precinct. In past elections, voters could vote a “provisional ballot” at a precinct that wasn’t their home precinct. I’m paraphrasing this, but the law now says that “provisional ballots” cast out of “convenience or necessity” (meaning not in your home precinct) will probably not be counted. Yet another reason to vote early – especially if it is difficult to get to your home precinct on Election Day.

To read more, including Jon’s 5 things that you’ll need to know for voting, whether you vote early or on Election Day, please visit the entire blog post on voting in 2014 at

Image of ballot instructions by Liz West on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons. All Rights Reserved.


The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s #FoodBank24 24-Hour New MediaTelethon is Here!

As a Social Media Ambassador for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina we wanted to share our excitement for their annual event – #FoodBank24.

Food Bank CENC Food Truck Rodeo FoodBank24 2013 FMRealty

On Friday, September 26th beginning at NOON until Saturday, September 27th at NOON, the Food Bank is hosting a one of a kind telethon – a new media telethon. Hosted by Gregory Ng, fellow Social Media Ambassador and Chief Marketing Officer of Brooks Bell, Greg spends 24-hours promoting the Food Bank’s programs & services to an online audience in the thousands. He has special guests and activities going on around him all through the telethon with the ultimate goal of raising funds and awareness for our Food Bank. In past years, the telethon has raised $20k and $50k. This year, they’ve raised the stakes – $60,000…and we believe they’ll do it!

#FoodBank24 offers great opportunities for the public to be involved. From a Food Truck Rodeo on Friday to kick off the event, to a Social Media Mixer that evening to a “Midnight Madness” Volunteer Event, not to mention sunrise yoga, salsa dancing, and a dunk tank peppered all throughout the event.

FoodBank24 Social Media Mixer FMRealtyAt the Mixer Friday night enjoy FREE food, NC beer – thank you, Lonerider and prizes from the Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Panthers, and more. To register for that, visit the official registration page for the Mixer.

If you’re interested in seeing the full schedule of events, here’s the lineup!

Most importantly, while there is fun to be had at this annual event, its primary purpose is to raise funds for their programs and services. If you’d like to contribute, please visit the #FoodBank24 information page on their website.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina services 34 counties with a network of over 800 partner agencies. More than 560,000 of our residents struggle with hunger each day. Our involvement in the Food Bank’s initiatives raising awareness for all they do for the communities we serve as a real estate company is our pleasure. We may help our clients buy and sell homes in and around Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas every day, but we also know many of those families may either need their resources now or have in the past. Fonville Morisey is a family that cares for the families it serves.

We hope to see YOU at any of the events at #FoodBank24 this Friday and Saturday. Our Digital Media Marketing Director, Lisa Sullivan, will be on hand Friday evening at the Mixer and Saturday morning. If you see her, please stop by and say hello!

Together we can make a difference and eradicate hunger in the Triangle. Join us!

Hunger Action Month Food Bank CENC FMRealty

In the Community: Celebrate With The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation on October 10th at Annual Oyster Roast

The following contribution comes from our Sharon Pelt, Vice President of Career Development with the Fonville Morisey Center for Real Estate Studies who is also a member of the Board of Directors for The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation. Here she shares a little history of our State Capitol building and invites our readers to check out a one of a kind event, the Foundation’s annual Oyster Roast.

NC State Capitol Foundation Board Members FMRealty(Sharon is in the back row-middle)

As a licensed real estate broker and educator in the state of North Carolina, it is my privilege to sit on the Board of this amazing Foundation that works tirelessly to support the programs and preserve the history of our very own North Carolina State Capitol. The building itself is rich in history. Did you know it’s also a National Historic Landmark too? That’s just one of the many reasons we North Carolinians need to work together to keep its history alive.

At some point, perhaps, everyone has chaperoned a group of school kids on a tour of the North Carolina State Capitol building or at least driven by this historic building located at 1 Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. The Capitol completed in 1840 is one of the best preserved examples of a civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. Now, imagine it all lit up in a one of a kind unique event!

NC State Capitol Foundation Oyster Roast 2013 FMRealty

On the evening of October 10th you will be able to see your State Capitol in a whole new light…literally. The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation will host its 3rd annual Oyster Roast on the east grounds of the Capitol from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Embers featuring Craig Woolard and guests will be able to bid on a number of unique items at a silent auction along with dinner and dancing.

Guest will enjoy delicious food provided by Schuckers and the menu will include oysters, both raw and steamed, shrimp cocktail, ham biscuits, chicken skewers, cold slaw, green beans, cheese and fruit and mini cupcakes PLUS plenty of North Carolina beer, wine and soft drinks.

Funds raised at this event will benefit the historic education programs and the ongoing preservation and restoration efforts for the 174 year old Capitol. Tickets are $75.00 each and are available for purchase online at, or contact me at 919-785-4371.

Come and join us for a unique experience and an opportunity to truly see your State Capitol in a whole new light.

To check out more images from last year’s event, please visit The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation Flickr feed.

Images courtesy of The North Carolina State Capitol Foundation and used by permission. Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved.


Fonville Morisey’s Beth Smoot – 2014 Finalist for REALTOR Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award

Beth Smoot The Green Chair Project FMRealtyReal estate agents really know their communities…and we’re not just talking about the statistics on home sales or home prices either. In order to best serve their clients, they need to know their communities inside and out, backwards and forwards, and every way in between. Many of our Fonville Morisey Sales Associates spend time in their Triangle communities volunteering for causes they support. We have one that not only volunteered but co-founded a fantastic organization when she and a friend saw a need that had to be met. Let us introduce you to Beth Smoot, Sales Associate with our Fonville Morisey Brier Creek office and Co-Founder of The Green Chair Project.

The Green Chair Project provides home furnishings donated from the community to families and individuals transitioning from difficult circumstances. The Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® saw the incredible good this organization was doing for the community and promptly nominated Beth and The Green Chair Project for the National Association of REALTORS® publication REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award for 2014. The Good Neighbor Award recognizes REALTORS® who volunteer to serve the needs in their communities and exemplify how REALTORS across the country give back to their communities.

We spent some time with Beth last week to talk to her about this nomination and learn more about the organization.

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You Can Help The Green Chair Project THIS Week!

Once a quarter as a fundraiser for the organization they offer a retail sale event on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a preview event (for ticketed patrons) on the Thursday evening prior. This Thursday, September 11th will be the preview event (for tickets visit – Then, this Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th (from 10am-5pm) as well as on Sunday the 14th (from 1pm-5pm) will be the retail sale event open to the public. Some items you might find – brand new furniture, antiques, linens, estate items, etc. All proceeds help off-set the cost for operating expenses (think rent too – with over 28,000 sq ft of space, rent is very real to them!).

You Can Also Help Beth WIN an Additional $1,000 for Her Organization!

While the 2014 Good Neighbor Award finalists and winners will receive monetary awards along with their recognition, there is also a type of “fan-based” award for “Web Choice” based on the number of votes a Finalist receives on the website. Vote for Beth! You can vote once per day for the duration of the contest. Visit this link to learn how – VOTE FOR BETH!

To read more about Beth’s nomination, check out this article by REALTOR Magazine – Refurnishing Lives.

For a lengthier documentary (about 12 minutes or so) on The Green Chair Project and all that it does for the community, we definitely recommend you check out this documentary produced by Angela Alford on Vimeo.


We’re rooting…and voting…for you.