Hello friends!
Thank you for taking a look at the 1st Edition of our Kindness In Action Newsletter!

The goal of this newsletter is to not only keep you informed at a glance about what's going on at Eblen Charities but also to give you the chance to get to know some of the many faces that help make Eblen who we are. ( The next face could be yours! )
Feel free to forward us to your family and friends or provide us with any feedback as we'd love to hear what you think of the new format and what we can improve upon. And thank you for all that you do with Eblen Charities! 
This Week at Eblen
Spring Clean Coat Drive

This past Thursday, WLOS held its 9 th  Annual Spring Clean Coat Drive along with Davis Home Furniture and Two Men and a Truck to benefit Eblen Charities.
Read more Below..
Leadercast Asheville 2019

We are excited to be hosting Leadercast Asheville
Presented by the Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service
New Location! Lake Hills Church in Candler
Read more Below..
Belk Charity Sale

This Saturday May 4th
At Belk in the Asheville Mall.
Coupons can be picked up this week at the Eblen office
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This Weeks Face:
Meet Mr. Waddell!

Did you ever wonder why the Eblen Charities office is named the Waddell Client Services Center?
Well... Meet Mr. Bill Waddell.
Bill Waddell was born in Burlington but moved to Raleigh early on. It was there he developed a love, that still continues today, for the NC State Wolfpack. In fact their fight song is his ringtone!
In 1950 Bill landed in Asheville where he attended Hall Fletcher and Lee Edwards. While in school he participated in band, played baseball and basketball and it was during this time that he met Coach (Joe) Eblen. Starting work at the age of 10 for May’s Market and B and B Pharmacy, making bicycle deliveries, taught him the value of hard work.
After high school he was offered a spot on a farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals! Seeing the bus on which he would travel and learning the salary was $150 a month, he realized things would be better at home-marrying his sweetheart Mary Dorothy and going to work for Tide Water supply. His decision was the right one. He ended up buying the company and he and Mary Dot will celebrate their 60th anniversary in September!
Upon retiring at 55, Mr. Joe Eblen introduced him to the work of Eblen Charities. Bill Waddell was the community liaison for many years with Eblen. If there was something a client needed, Mr. Waddell knew who to talk to and how to get it done.
When asked about his fondest Eblen memory he said, he “loved them all and it is hard to pick just one! Christmas is probably my favorite though. All the festivities, decorating the toy store, seeing the sponsors bring in toys, and then the families so happy to be able to provide Christmas for their families.” He goes on to say he feels he “is the most blessed man ever born. All the people he has met and the opportunities he has been given. It was never work for me…I love it all!”

Upcoming Events

Leadercast, Friday May 10th
Lake Hills Church, Candler, NC
Leadercast is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. 9 world-renowned leadership experts bring unparalleled insights and ideas on how to become a better leader. Leadercast Asheville

Belk Charity Sale - Saturday May 4th
Belk at the Asheville Mall

Wicked Weed / Brad Johnson Celebrity Golf Classic - May 21st
30th annual Brad Johnson Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Wicked Weed Brewing

Eblen Cooling
Eblen Charities will be providing fans for individuals/families in need of cooling this summer. Donation of $15 will provide a fan to someone in need.

Featured: This Week at Eblen
Spring Clean Coat Drive

This past Thursday, WLOS held its 9 th  Annual Spring Clean Coat Drive along with Davis Home Furniture and Two Men and a Truck to benefit Eblen Charities. The drive was an all-day event held at Davis Home Furniture in Biltmore Village. We would like to thank each of them for making this event a huge success! Also a big thanks goes out to the community and generous donors for donating thousands of coats and winter items. Thanks also to the volunteers for giving their time to get the coats cleaned, sized and ready to be given away. These items will be given out ,free of charge, during a four day event in October, at the Eblen Charities Warehouse, helping to ensure no one is left in the cold this winter! 

Belk Charity Sale

Support Eblen Charities by shopping the Belk Charity Sale, Saturday May 4th. Donate $5 to Eblen and receive a ticket for $5 off your first purchase! You can pick these coupons up at the Eblen Charities office through Friday, May 3 rd  at 5pm. 25% off Rarely Discounted Designer Brands! 100% of each donation will help families in need in our community!

Leadercast Asheville 2019

We are excited to be hosting Leadercast Asheville, presented by the Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service. We will be at our new location, Lake Hills Church in Candler this year, and would like to thank Pastor James Walker for opening up the church to us for this event.  We are grateful to our sponsors; Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service, Applied Solutions, Beverly-Hanks Realty, Biz Radio 1350AM with Matt Mittan, Chick-fil-A, Express Employment Professionals, First Citizens Bank, Ingles Markets, Lake Hills Church, Simply Home and WNC Bridge Foundation! There are nine leadership experts on the panel this year, including Gayle King, Co-Host of CBS This Morning and Editor-at-Large of O, the Oprah Magazine; Patrick Lencioni, Founder of The Table Group; Dr. Caroline Leaf, Communication Pathologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist; Marcus Samuelsson, Award Winning Chef, Restaurateur and TV Personality, as well as Juliet Funt, Andy Stanley, Ginger Hardage, Craig Springer and Carla Harris. Leadercast is the largest one-day leadership event in the world, broadcast live from Atlanta. This year’s theme is Leading Healthy Teams. CEU’s are available. Purchase tickets at  www.leadercastasheville.com
Tickets are $55 for individuals, and $45 for groups of five or more. Chick-fil-A lunch will be included. Event starts at 8:30 and ends at 3:30. For more information please contact Amanda Putnam at  aputnam@eblencharities.org  or 828-255-3066 ext 15.
Contact Us
Mary Ann McMinn
mcminn120@gmail.com to volunteer.