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From the Cheraw Chronicle (December 9, 2015)
A Roses Express store will open in Cheraw early next year, owner and operator Variety Wholesalers Inc. announced Monday.
The store will be located at 524 Chesterfield Highway near Cheraw High School and plans to hire 30 to 40 employees. Grand opening is set for spring 2016.
“Variety Wholesalers Inc. is proud to be a part of the Cheraw community and is committed to providing customers with quality products at great prices,” Wilson Sawyer, chief operating officer of the Henderson, North Carolina-based discount chain, said in a news release.
Roses operates stores throughout the Southeast, offering family apparel and shoes, accessories, home furnishings and décor, toys, health and beauty products and other household items.
A family-owned business that began in eastern North Carolina in 1922, Variety Wholesalers now operates roughly 400 stores in 16 Southeastern states. Its chairman, Art Pope, is the son of founder John W. Pope, who took over his family’s five “five-and-dime” stores in 1949.
From the John William Pope Foundation
January 12, 2016
RALEIGH, N.C. –The John William Pope Foundation has announced the winner of its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will receive $100,000 for a youth orchestra instrument lending library. The grant is a one-time award. The Pope Foundation received 28 applications for the Memorial Arts Grant, representing communities from across the state.
“The project submitted by the Fayetteville Symphony was unique and an excellent use of one-time funds,” said John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation. “We hope this new initiative by the symphony will inspire other arts organizations as they work to find innovative ways to serve their communities.”
The symphony’s idea for a lending library grew out of the realization that many students weren’t able to practice their instruments and/or didn’t have access to renting one. “Many of the students are eager to participate [in music education], but can’t afford the opportunity,” said Christine Kastner, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Symphony. “This grant will be transformational for the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and for music education in Southeastern North Carolina.”
The symphony will lend instruments to families that cannot afford rental fees and will lend instruments that are not readily available in the area, such as the ‘A clarinet.” In return, students will commit to participation in the youth orchestra, which will offer performance opportunities and coaching by the symphony’s professional musicians. Currently 50 students participate in the youth orchestra, representing Robeson, Hoke, Moore, and Lee Counties in addition to Cumberland County.
“We truly appreciate all of the arts organizations who applied for this grant,” said Joyce Pope, vice president of the Pope Foundation. “We know the Fayetteville Symphony will make an impact on many lives for years to come, and we are appreciative of their efforts and work to deploy the instrument library.”
Joy Pope was the wife of the late entrepreneur and philanthropist John William Pope and the mother of current foundation chairman Art Pope. She was a dedicated patron of arts and human service organizations and served as president of the foundation from 1986-1992. The John William Pope Foundation is a Raleigh, North Carolina grant maker whose giving has totaled more than $100 million since its founding in 1986.
From the John William Pope Foundation
December 15, 2015
RALEIGH, N.C. — The John William Pope Foundation recently awarded $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in its winter grant cycle. Of that, over $1 million went to humanitarian organizations that meet hunger, housing, and health needs, primarily in the Triangle region. That figure includes $400,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help fulfill a $1.3 million pledge made in 2014.
“We’re pleased to help ease the burden of North Carolinians who are in need,” said foundation Chairman Art Pope. “Our grantees are doing excellent work to ensure that real and pressing issues are addressed in our communities. They are also providing first-class access to arts and education. The true value of our grantees’ work cannot be overstated,” said Pope.
First-time grants were made to Camp Corral ($10,000), Dress for Success of Eastern North Carolina ($10,000), the Hope Center at Pullen ($5,000), Junior Achievement of the Triangle ($5,000), TROSA ($10,000), Wake County 4-H ($10,000), and Raleigh Camerata ($2,500). A full list of the winter 2015 grantees can be found below.
The Foundation works to improve the well being of citizens in North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. From its first grant in 1986 to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled more than $100 million, and has been primarily directed to organizations in North Carolina.
John William Pope Foundation December 2015 Grantees:
Community Music School
North Carolina Museum of Art
North Carolina Opera
North Carolina Symphony
Raleigh Fine Arts Society
Raleigh Little Theatre
Boy Scouts of America – Occoneechee Council
Neuse Christian Academy
Raleigh Charter High School
Wake County 4-H
ACTS of Vance County
Alliance Medical Ministry
CASA-Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes
Children’s Hope Alliance
CORRAL Riding Academy
Disabilities Education Support Center
Dress for Success of Eastern North Carolina
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Full Gospel Tabernacle Church
Girl Scouts of America-Vance County
Green Chair Project
H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program
Hope Center at Pullen
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
Lucy Daniels Center
NC Youth Legislative Assembly Administration
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Raleigh Rescue Mission
Safe Haven for Cats
Salvation Army of Wake County
SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals
Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen
Triangle Special Hockey Association
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
United Way of Vance County
Urban Ministries of Wake County
Vance County Historical Society
White Memorial Presbyterian Church
YMCA of the Triangle Area
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picked up another big-name donor in the presidential race on Thursday, this time one from North Carolina.
Art Pope, a philanthropist and CEO of Variety Wholesalers, said he would support Rubio’s campaign in the GOP primary and in the general election.
Pope said he’d been meeting with many of the Republican candidates and made up his mind this week.
“I think Sen. Marco Rubio is both the most qualified, has the best all-around experience, and I agree with him more so on the issues than all the other candidates,” Pope told CNN.
The businessman and former politician has invested millions in North Carolina politics and is an ally of the Koch Brothers’ network of advocacy groups and foundations.
He wouldn’t discuss any dollar amounts behind his planned support of Rubio, but pledged to “do whatever I can” to get Rubio elected, including through his contributions, advocacy for Rubio and frequent role as a national Republican Party convention delegate.
Pope said Rubio’s experience as speaker of the Florida House especially appealed to him.
“To be elected by your peers, your colleagues, is a good indication of your leadership,” Pope said, adding state speakers have a heavy set of policy responsibilities. “That is more experience than President (Barack) Obama had when he was a member of the Legislature in Illinois.”
He also cited the senator’s positions on national security, taxes, immigration and spending as being appealing.
North Carolina’s primary is in mid-March, making it a more important prize this election cycle than previous ones, where it voted later in the year. That was part of Pope’s reasoning for getting behind Rubio in the primary, which he sat out last election cycle.
It’s the latest victory for Rubio in the GOP donor race, where he’s competing against other big fundraisers, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has been sinking in the polls.
Rubio has been endorsed by other mega-donors including Ken Griffin, Paul Singer and Frank VanderSloot.
From CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/10/politics/marco-rubio-donor-art-pope-north-carolina/
From the John William Pope Foundation:
October 10, 2015
Raleigh, NC — The John William Pope Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council have announced the recipients of the 2015 Pope Eagle Scout Scholarships. This March, four area high school students were selected from an applicant pool over 50 young men to each receive a $20,000 scholarship to be applied towards their post-secondary undergraduate education.
Recipients of the 2015 scholarships included: Joseph Daniel Melvin of Southern Pines; Andrew John “AJ” Raulynaitis, II of Willow Spring; Andrew Walker Smith of Cary; and Jesse Franklin Tarte, III of Raleigh.
“Seeing such a promising group of young men who are committed to making a difference in both their communities and academic studies is rewarding and fulfills the vision of this grant program,” said Joyce Pope, vice president of the Pope Foundation.
Applicants were required to have completed the rank of ‘Eagle Scout’ and be a current or former member of the Occoneechee Council. The scholarship is payable over the course of four years and offers a unique opportunity to provide funds for a summer internship that builds knowledge and appreciation of our nation’s free enterprise system.
The late John William Pope, a Raleigh businessman and philanthropist, established the Pope Eagle Scout Scholarship Program in 2001 to support the studies and development of future free enterprise leaders. The program has continued with an annual $40,000 matching grant from the Pope Foundation. This year, matching support came from both the Stone Family Foundation and past council presidents.