Shopping will help rebuild woman’s home
Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2013

Shopping will help rebuild woman’s home

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Over the Tabletop will feature holiday-themed items, like this tabletop, which was the 2012 winner.
  • Want to go? Over the Tabletop will be held 6-10 p.m. Nov. 7 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Peninsula Country Club, Cornelius. Nov. 7 tickets are $35, advance sales only, Nov. 8 tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. For tickets and more information, contact Gina Story at 704-661-0219. North Mecklenburg Women’s Club is always open to new members. Meetings are held monthly. For more information go to To learn more about the house project go to

A unique way to get a head start on holiday shopping while supporting local artisans and a local charity is coming to Cornelius on Nov. 7 and 8.

North Mecklenburg Women’s Club fifth annual holiday fundraiser, Over the Tabletop, is open to the public and will support the Build Betty a House Project.

The project includes a local group of churches, organizations and people who are working to raise funds and rebuild a house for Betty Patterson, a Huntersville woman who lost her home to a fire last year.

The Women’s Club is a nonprofit organization and a philanthropic club dedicated to promoting and supporting social, educational and civic programs in the community.

The club holds several fundraisers throughout the year and also has a scholarship fund for women with children who are returning to college.

Betty Bradley, vice president of communications for the club said it works to bring women together to create a better community and raise money for charities.

“I feel we all have been very blessed, and our way of sharing our blessings with people of the community is to help make their lives better,” Bradley said.

“If someone has a need, we will do what we can to help.”

The Over the Tabletop event, held at Peninsula Country Club in Cornelius, will feature the works of local designers and vendors and will showcase holiday-themed décor.

Vendors will set up holiday boutiques to sell their wares or enter the Design a Space competition where they can showcase their business and creative talents.

Gina Story, vice president of fundraising for the Women’s Club, said she is overwhelmed at the turnout of interest in the event.

Many of the items available are holiday-themed, such as ornaments, tree skirts, and nutcrackers. There are many other products for sale including belts and belt buckles, jewelry, scarves, cookbooks, soaps, candles and beauty products, she said.

The products are all homemade and local, she said, with many of the artists being from the Lake Norman area.

She said the Women’s Club funds raised will go toward helping build the kitchen and laundry rooms in the Build a House for Betty Project.

Story said everything from drywall to flooring and windows are needed for the house because the fire consumed the entire property. The goal is to complete the house in time for Christmas.

“It is an honor for the North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club to bring the community together to support a fellow neighbor in need,” Story said.

“Attending our fifth annual Over the Tabletop event will not only kick off your holiday season but allow you to assist us in supporting this mission of rebuilding Betty’s home. Come help us build Betty’s house.”

Rachel Daniels is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Rachel? Email her at

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