The cadets of Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy (TCA) held their class Walkathon fundraising event April 8. Each class donates a percentage of the money to charitable organizations. Class 46 chose the Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warriors Project and the American Red Cross.
On April 29, the Cadet Advisory Board Chairman, Deja N. Pettiway, presented a check for $500 to Tammy Laurence, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity (Fay). Laurence thanked the cadets and explained to the cadets how disadvantaged and deserving families would receive a home. Laurence told several moving stories on how the homes they build were received by the families. She explained that the houses are not free and how the money that the families pay goes back into the Habitat for Humanity system. She explained how the utmost integrity is applied to the Habitat for Humanity budget and an award was received at the national level for this reason.
On May 6, Pettiway presented a check for $500 to wounded warrior Jason Braase. Braase thanked the cadets and told some war stories that had the cadets on the edge of their seat. After an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in front of his Hummer in Iraq he would have lost his life except 25 people donated blood to keep him alive. He also went through 13 surgeries in the past seven years. He explained how the funds donated would help thousands of wounded warriors. Cadets enjoyed his visit and he gave all the cadets a wounded warrior wrist band for their graduation packet.