A Home for the Holidays – Last Call for Builders!

American Tobacco Campus once again partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Durham to make a difference this holiday season. The ultimate goal is to fund and build one tiny 500-sq-ft home in Durham.

To get there, we’re looking for 16 sponsor organizations to contribute $2,500 each and then participate in the construction of a holiday playhouse betwen now and September 30. Each playhouse will be displayed at ATC and auctioned off during the annual Winter Wonders celebration.

Prior to being auctioned off, the playhouses will be on display in Diamond View Park throughout the holiday season. Visitors to DPAC and ATC will have the opportunity to stroll through the playhouse village and bid on the houses, late November through December. 

Sponsors can jump to secure their build between now and May 31 — but the sooner, the better. Each sponsor will supply 16-18 workers for a team day of building their playhouse, under the tutelage of Habitat for Humanity. The playhouses can be as creative as its builders’ imaginations — and they can showcase the sponsor’s brand.

Contact Jennifer McFarland at jmcfarland@durhamhabitat.org, or 919. 247.8254 to learn more and schedule your build!


Ten Nonprofits Collect Prizes in American Tobacco’s 7th Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge

Ten Nonprofits Collect Prizes in American Tobacco’s 7th Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge

Trees Remain on Display Through January 1, 2017.

(Durham) – Dec. 18, 2016 – Ten area nonprofits came away with prizes as part of American Tobacco’s seventh annual Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge. The terrific tannenbaums will remain on display through January 1, 2017.   

More than 50 nonprofits decorated Christmas trees at Diamond View Park in front of Aloft Downtown Durham hotel, most reflecting the important mission of each organization. You can view the trees here. Sponsoring this popular tradition were FOX 50, DPAC, Durham Bulls, WRAL Out & AboutWRAL.com and FHI360.

Online/Text/App Vote Winners:

  • 1st Place – $5,000 – #8 – Coalition to Unchain Dogs             
  • 2nd Place – $2,500 – #47 – Saving Grace Animals for Adoption
  • 3rd Place – $1,000 – #11 – Hope Animal Rescue 

Community Awards:

  • FHI 360 – American Tobacco Tenant Choice Award – $500 – #3 – Durham Rescue Mission
  • DPAC Community Star Award – #36 – DPAC Ticket Package Valued at $1500-$2000 – Durham Ballet Theatre            
  • Fox 50 Community First Award – :30 PSA Values at $1,500 – #49 – Carolina Donor Services  
  • Wool E Prime Cut Award – Use of the American Tobacco Suite at the Durham Bulls valued at $1,400 – #33- Alex’s Lemonade Stand                                     

Celebrity Choice Awards:

  • Celebrity Choice Award – $1,000 –  #14 – Bee Downtown
  • Celebrity Choice Award – $1,000 – #13 – WinGs Inc.
  • Celebrity Choice Award – #4 – Habitat for Humanity of Durham

Special thanks to our sponsors Fox50, WRAL.com, WRAL Out & About, Durham Bulls, FHI360, and DPAC.

The prize-winners were first announced during Sunday’s evening newscast on FOX 50, which also sponsored a broadcast campaign supporting the Tree Challenge.   

Find out more about Tree Challenge, the prize winners and all the inspiring nonprofits at


Christmas tree of bikes lights up in Durham

“A Christmas tree made of 120 new bicycles that will be donated to needy children will lit up at the American Tobacco Campus on Friday December 2nd.

The Tree of Bikes, based on a project done in New Zealand and now the first of its kind in the United States, has transformed what was for more than a decade a modest effort to give local children bicycles for Christmas into a community-wide event to celebrate the spirit of giving.”

Read more in the News & Observer.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article118332938.html#storylink=cpy