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30 Years of Courage

StepUp Ministry celebrated 30 years of serving adults and children in the Raleigh community with a gala event on January 26, 2019. At the gala, two StepUp alumni, Carissa Newkirk and James Ivy, shared their personal stories of change with over 300 guests at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center.

Prior to the gala, a special reception was held to honor 30th Anniversary Honorary Chair and longtime friend of StepUp Art Ross. Ross, pastor emeritus of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Roy Cooper.

StepUp’s 30th Anniversary is presented by First National Bank. Locally headquartered in Raleigh, First National Bank provides customers with a full range of commercial banking, consumer banking and wealth management solutions. 

“StepUp Ministry is supported by the community, for our community. We partner with men and women who are looking for a second chance at employment and who have the courage to make real and positive changes in their life circumstances,” says Linda Nunnallee, StepUp Ministry’s Executive Director.

We partnered with that community to raise $236,826, which will allow StepUp to serve even more courageous men, women, and children in 2019. We are grateful for your support and look forward to StepUp’s next 30 years.

Click here to see James Ivy’s story:


View event photos below, thanks to Diane McKinney Photography:


Not able to attend? You can still make a gift in honor of the courageous men, women, and children we serve.


The Leon Levine Foundation will match every new or increased gift dollar for dollar up to $15,000 in honor of StepUp’s 30th Anniversary!

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Presenting Sponsor


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Raffle Sponsors

Autry and Tonya Butler

Bida Manda

Carolina Ballet

Chris Carrigan at Gene Pleasants Agency

DeMos Pizzeria and Deli

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Kane Realty

Marbles IMAX

McConnell Golf

NC Museum of Art

NC Symphony

Parkside Restaurant

Raleigh Little Theatre

Renee Sprink Fine Art Portraits

Sue Payne Personal Training

The Wolfpack Club

YMCA of the Triangle

Host Committee

Carrie and Andy Alspaugh

Andrew and Rachel Amodei

Kelly and Landy Anderton

Kathy and George Auman

Susan and Tracy Baker

Laurie and Bill Barton

Marlene and Ronnie Batchelor

Mary Grady and Vic Bell

Elizabeth Bennett

Beth and Andy Betts

Carol and Robert Bilbro

Linda Blount

Stannie and Sam Brewer

Judy Bright*

Ashley and Russell Campbell

Ellen and Henry Campen

Katie and Zack Clayton

Mary and Jack Clayton

Will Clayton

Hayden and John Constance

Fairley and Dan Cook

Governor and Mrs. Roy A. Cooper

Marlene and Dick Daugherty

Betsy and Eric Davis

Debbie and John Day

Mollie and Jim Day

Anna Lee Dorsett

Wynn and Jim Dorsett

Angie and Rick Dowd

Colleen and Christopher Edmonston

John Evans

Beth and Tom Everly

Angie and Mickey Faulk

Lucy and David Fountain

Debbie and Sheldon Fox

Betsy and Steve Frazier

Jane and Robert Fruehwirth

Jane and Gary Fulton

Maeve and John Gardner

Sally and Bill Garrett

Allison and Jennings Glenn

Ellen and Warner Hall

Katherine Anne Hamlin

Ann and Fallon Hanley

Emmett and Hubie Haywood

Susan and Bill Hodges

Kathleen and Bob Hofstadter

Lynne and Page Hornaday

Anna and Robert Hosea

Jane and Paul Whit Howard

Martha and Ken Howard

Lane and Craig Huggins

Jane and Ben Hughes

Holly Gloff and Ken Humphries

Gail and Gray Hutchison

Gloria and Jerry Johnson

Melanie and Greg Jones

Janet and Brian Kelleher

Beth and Phil Lambert

SuSu and Steven Lilly

Lyn Maness

The Honorable and Mrs. Grier Martin

Robin Davis and Ed McCarthy

Judy and Dan McConnell

Louise and Steve McCoy

Angie and John McMillan

Henry Mitchell

Cathy and John Monaghan

Carol and Robbo Newcomb

Linda Nunnallee

Mabel and John Pace

Debbie and Bill Pappas

Sarah Elizabeth Parker

Tricia and Stuart Phoenix

Margie and Ash Pipkin

Celia and Grey Poole

Mary Ann and Greg* Poole, Jr.

Sydnor and Lacy Presnell

Megg Rader

Anne and George Ramsay

Mary Allison and Locke Raper

Jan Reece

Mary and Bill Riddick

Stephanie and Gerald Roach

Devon and Andrew Rose

Cameron Rosenow

Craig, Amy, Kate, and Reid Ross

Jan and Art Ross

Katherine Ross

Libby and Willard Ross

Sue Fields Ross

Susan Gravely and William Ross 

Peggy and Bill Scheu

Shelley and Blair Schrum

Elizabeth and Bob Scott

Allison and Jeff Sheehan

Mary Catherine and Bill Sigmon

Joy and Temple Sloan III

Eve and Sherwood Smith

Katherine Ann and Bill Smith

Bettie and David Sousa

DeShelia Spann

Harriet Stephenson

Jane and Michael Story

Libby and Charles Stubbs

Denise and Ron Stumpo

Katherine and Ken Thomas

Travis and Phil Tracy

Anne Underwood

Becca and Tom Valone

Marcy and Peter Voelkel

Emily and David Walser

Sharon and Joseph Welker

Cynthia and Bart White

David White

Mary Grace and Rick White

Nancy and Monty White

Paul White

Sally and Bill White

Zoë and Adam Whitesell

Mary Clark and Erwin Williams

Susan and Bob Wood

Harriet and Jerry Worley

Mary Brent and Bob Wright

Rosemary and Smedes York

*In Loving Memory