Annual Giving

2016 Legacy Fund Recipients

The Junior League of Raleigh announced the recipients of the 2016 Legacy Fund Award at this year’s A Shopping SPREE! Preview Gala, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. The Legacy Fund has awarded more than $175,000 in grants to nonprofit agencies since its launch in 2004 – all made possible by proceeds from A Shopping SPREE!. Each year the awards are given to Wake County charitable organizations that focus on women and children. The Junior League of Raleigh has a long standing commitment toward empowering women and at-risk youth in Wake County.

The League’s 2016 Legacy Fund Grant recipients were Haven House, Transitions LifeCare and Carroll’s Kitchen. Representatives from each of the organizations were on hand to accept a $5,000 Legacy Fund grant. Junior League of Raleigh president Rebecca Ayers said “We are proud to contribute a portion of funds raised at A Shopping SPREE! to these deserving charities. Haven House, Transitions LifeCare and Carroll’s Kitchen all work towards our mission at the Junior League of Raleigh to lift up children and women here in our community.”

2016 Recipients:

Haven House

Haven House has influenced the lives of homeless, gang-engaged, and runaway youth of Wake County for more than 40 years by providing transitional housing, skill training, and multisystem therapy.  Their programs include a street outreach to build relationships with runaway, homeless and street-dependent juveniles, as well as the only homeless, runaway and crisis intervention program and shelter for youth in the Triangle. Haven House’s Juvenile Assessment Team conducts screenings and comprehensive clinical evalutions of youth in the juvenile justice system, and Second Round uses boxing, weight training to teach youth self-discipline, team work, leadership, and healthy living. In 2015 1,249 youth and young adults accessed their outreach center receiving food and bus passes in addition to program services. Funds awarded will be applied to the outreach program and the Second Round afterschool program. Haven House offers a second chance for homeless youth and young adults.   For more information, visit

Transitions LifeCare

Transitions LifeCare has been in operation since 1979 and is the only community non-profit hospice program based in Wake County.  Transitions LifeCare operates a grief center which provides counseling and supportive care at no charge for approximately 2,500 children and adults experiencing loss annually.  In 2015, as the first pediatric hospice in Wake County, they began providing services to approximately 40 children each year who are suffering from a serious or terminal illness. This one of a kind program assists the uninsured, homeless and impoverished residents, aged birth to 18, throughout all stages of illness. Funds received from this award will be applied to funding the grief center and children’s programs. Transitions LifeCare empowers patients and their families by giving them the tools they need to shape their future.  For more information, visit

Carroll’s Kitchen

Carroll’s Kitchen is currently engaged in a ground-breaking effort to impact the future of homeless and previously incarcerated women of Wake County. Carroll’s Kitchen will partner with local shelters and area agencies in a year-long program to provide support, housing, opportunity, budgeting and other life skills, employment and job training in a restaurant setting. Funds awarded will be used to launch the program in its inaugural year. Graduates are expected to have the confidence and skills to join the work force, open their own business or return to the program as mentors for the next class. Carroll’s Kitchen is not only transitioning women from homelessness, but giving them a new chapter in their personal story.  For more information, visit

Past Recipients

2015 Recipients:  Diaper Train, Kidznotes, CORRAL Riding Academy

2014 Recipients:  Green Chair Project, Alliance Medical Ministry and Learning Together, Inc.

2013 Recipients:  March of Dimes–Eastern Carolina Division and Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County

2012 Recipients:  SAFEchile, Hilltop Home and Girl Scouts of North Carolina–Coastal Pines

2011 Recipients:  Haven House, Hospice and Interfaith Food Shuttle