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February 16, 2006                                                                    919-467-5567 or


2006 North Carolina Education Ball To Be Held At New Progress Energy Center For Performing Arts

Fred and Patsy Day of Progress Energy to Serve as Event Chairs


(Raleigh, NC) – For the fourth consecutive year, leaders from across the state will soon come together to celebrate and support North Carolina’s finest in education.  The 2006 North Carolina Education Ball, to benefit Communities in Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), will be held Saturday, June 3rd at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh.


The 2006 NC Education Ball is being presented by GlaxoSmithKline and chaired by Fred and Patsy Day.  Fred Day is the President and CEO of Progress Energy Carolinas. Numerous sponsors, including GlaxoSmithKline, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Progress Energy and RBC Centura, are returning this year to contribute their support toward educational excellence.


“This year’s theme, ‘Under the Silver Moon,’ will transport guests back to the glitzy nightclub era of champagne, diamonds and great music,” said Paige Hamp, Event Director for CISNC.  The entertainment for this special night will be provided by a variety of performances from local students and celebrities.  The night will also be highlighted by the presentation of the fourth annual H. Glenn Williams Power of One Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements by community volunteers.


The NC network for Communities in Schools serves over 76,000 children and their families.  The children that join the CIS program are generally at a higher risk for dropping out, but an outstanding 98 percent of CIS students stay in school.  CIS is the largest dropout prevention network in the country, helping young people learn, stay in school and prepare for life. 


WHO: Communities in Schools of North Carolina and local schools


WHAT:  The 2006 NC Education Ball


WHEN:  Saturday, June 3rd 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.


WHERE: Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh

Raleigh Convention and Conference Center Complex
500 Fayetteville St. Mall
Raleigh, NC 27601


For more information about the NC Education Ball, please visit or contact Graham Wilson at 919-467-5567 or email at


Editor’s Note:  Linda Harrill, President and CEO of CISNC, is available for interviews.  Please contact Stephanie Lee at 919-467-5567 or to schedule an interview.