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An Evening for Dove House

By Laura Mueller | Photography by Laura Mueller Photography

Posted: Monday, May. 14, 2012

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Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at

More than 400 guests and 80 volunteers attended the 11th annual An Evening for Dove House held April 29 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.

The Mack was alive with people, music, amazing food, art and serious fun, which spilled over into most every room, hall and courtyard at the center.

The evening was a celebration of what Dove House and the steadfast community that supports it can do to protect and heal our children and it was marked by community spirit, heartbreak, laughter and roaring applause.

Restaurant Row featured delectable food from some of the area’s best restaurants, including The Epic Chophouse, eeZ Fusion and Sushi, Pomodoro’s, Dressler’s and the Brickhouse Tavern.

Guests bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items, including gift baskets, exotic vacations, private yacht trips and BBQ parties. Silence fell over the crowd as a mother gave testimony to what Dove House provides for children that have been victims of sexual abuse. In response to her heartfelt testimony, a guest later came forward to offer legal assistance.

Celebrity auctioneer Larry Sprinkle, weather anchor for WCNC, returned for the 10th year to emcee the live auction and overall event.

As Dove House's annual signature fundraiser, 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to provide vital services to the 620+ child victims and non-offending family members that will receive services through Dove House this year.


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