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Client gives back over holiday season

Choosing the right clients is just as important as it is for a client to choose their agency. In my short time as a PR and Communications Consultant I have been fortunate enough to come across some very amazing people. It is important to me that my clients share the same vision and goals as I do. It allows for a more mutually beneficial working relationship, and gives clients a chance to tap into a deeper awareness of hidden opportunity. Billingslea Media client Terrance Copper knows how important it is to give back to his community. Since returning to Eastern NC after retiring from the NFL, Copper has made it a point to give back on a regular basis. His constant care and concern for area youth helps inspire young people who are in need of positive role models, morale boosters, and proof that hard work does pay off. This holiday season, Copper donated time and gifts to area organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House of Greenville NC and the EXCEL organization (Exceptional Children Enjoying Life) of Washington NC. When asked about the Shop With a Safety Officer event for the EXCEL organization, Copper replied to the Washington Daily News “Just to see the kids, the looks on their faces when they get their gifts — it feels so good to be able to give back. This is not everyday. What they do in Washington — this doesn’t go on everywhere. I feel like the community is very lucky to have a police department and fire department like we have.”.

Copper participates in various fundraisers and speaking engagements throughout the year, and holds a FREE annual football camp for area youth in Eastern NC during the summer. For more information, or to contact Copper for your next fundraiser or speaking engagement contact Billingslea Media at

(c) Vail Stewart Rumley, Washington Daily News

(c) Vail Stewart Rumley, Washington Daily News

Greenville NC Ronald McDonald House

Copper donated electronics for children at the Greenville NC Ronald McDonald House

New Client Alert: NFL Wide Receiver Terrance Copper

Billingslea Media is excited to welcome former East Carolina University and NFL Wide Receiver Terrance Copper. The Washington NC native has enjoyed a lucrative career with several teams in the NFL since 2004, and most recently enjoyed a home base with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009-2013. Copper has prided himself on taking part in activities that allow to give back to his community, and celebrate the legacy he created in the small town of Washington NC.

Copper had a very successful career at East Carolina University as a receiver. As a senior, in 2003, he led Conference USA with 87 receptions which, at the time, was an ECU single season record. He was signed as a free agent in 2004 by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie he played in 10 games, had 7 receptions for 84 yards, but his contributions came on special teams, where he had 14  tackles and returned 16 kickoffs for 307 yards. After playing for two years with the Cowboys, Copper played for the New Orleans Saints, the Baltimore Ravens, and then the Kansas City Chiefs. Copper played for the Chiefs from 2009 until 2013.

In 2013 Copper returned home and has since been very active in his community. This year marks the 4th year of his annual football camp in his hometown of Washington NC. The camp is organized by members of the Washington Police Department in an effort to strengthen community ties. Copper has enlisted the help of several NFL players including former teammates from his college and professional careers. This year the camp has expanded and will include a basketball camp, and a community day.  Sponsors throughout the community have come together and provided donations for the community day on Friday evening. The free event will consist of a cookout, music, games, and an autograph session.The event will be held at Festival Park on the Washington waterfront. The following day youth ages 7-17 can participate in a free football camp from 8am-12pm and a free basketball camp from 2pm-5pm.

2014 Pro's Weekend

Celebrating National Volunteer Week!


Grassroots community support is unfortunately sometimes overlooked in our fast paced society. But this week marks the 2014 National Volunteer Week. The week long celebration was started as a way to recognize and give thanks to countless numbers of volunteers across the country who give their time and effort to nonprofits and community services.

Organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army rely heavily on the work of their volunteer corps in order to raise capital to serve their target population. Many of the smaller nonprofit organizations across the country work with minimal budgets and limited manpower. In cities across the country, grassroots efforts is the only way to serve their community. For over 40 years National Volunteer Week has been a way to honor individuals in the US who are committed to social change. “Across our country, volunteers open doors of opportunity, pave avenues of success, fortify their communities, and lay the foundation for tomorrow’s growth and prosperity,” President Barack Obama wrote. As a former Grassroots organizer, Obama can truly attest to the amount of hard work these volunteers put in to help their communities.

If you are looking for a way to give back, check out some of the resources in your own community. Organizations both large and small are always looking for eager volunteers. Your commitment can be as little as once a month or once a year. No matter how much time you give, your efforts are always appreciated. Go out and hug a volunteer today!

What is your favorite nonprofit organization? What do you do to give back in your community?