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An Evening for Dove House

By Christina Darnell | Photography by Virginia Darcey Photography

Posted: Monday, Jun. 09, 2014

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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

Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center held its 13th annual An Evening for Dove House Saturday, May 3, at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville.

In 2013, the fundraiser boasted more than 430 guests and raised $173,000. This year proved to be even greater.

“The generosity of the community propelled this event to new heights,” says Dove House communications chair Pam Cook, “raising over $210,000 that will directly benefit the children in our community.”

Over a dozen local restaurants participated in the event, and live music was performed by The Buff’ugees and Mike Hager Band.

Larry Sprinkle, weather anchor for WCNC, emceed the live auction of coveted prizes including jewelry, golf outings, travel packages and furniture.

As the nonprofit’s primary fundraiser, all the proceeds will be used to help in their mission to serve child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members. The center averages four new cases each week.

During the event, Dove House also announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to pay off their mortgage. The community rallied behind the cause, making it an evening to remember.

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