The Carolina Comfort Coalition will host its fifth annual Black & White Night fundraising dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville.
The event is free to the public and will feature testimonies from families who have been served at Serenity House. The end-of-life comfort care home provides living space, practical care and access to hospice services.
“There is a gap in the health care system,” said Cheryl Pletcher, executive director of the Carolina Comfort Coalition.
“The gap exists within the family unit, which is the cornerstone of care at home when illness strikes,” she said. “The services provided at a comfort care home demonstrate how a community values life – life at the finish line.”
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Pletcher said she hopes Black & White Night will raise awareness of the vital role that the coalition and its Serenity House locations in Mooresville and Huntersville fulfill in the community.
The nonprofit coalition built and operates Serenity House at both locations. The Mooresville location opened this year.
It also hopes to raise money and recruit volunteers to support the operation of the two Serenity Houses, since they rely solely on donations and volunteer staff. This year’s goal is $200,000 in cash and multi-year pledges.
In 2013, the event raised $190,000 and welcomed 315 guests.
To ensure that all donations made at the event will go directly toward Carolina Comfort Coalition programs, local businesses have underwritten all event costs. Underwriter businesses include Stutts Marina, Automotive Development Group, Fitness Together, James Funeral Home, Hospice of Iredell County, Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Integrated Financial Concepts, Homesley & Wingo Law Group and Shear Madness/Great Clips.
Suzanne Donati, marketing and development coordinator for the Coalition, said the dinner event is the best opportunity people have to hear first-hand the inspiring stories of their clients, volunteers and supporters.
“Almost everyone has been touched by an end-of-life experience,” Donati said. “We want people to understand that the services we provide are not limited to the poor and elderly. Everyone could potentially need our services.”
The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and wine, as well as a seated dinner and selection of desserts. In addition, guests can enter several raffle drawings for prizes, including restaurant gift cards, spa services, sports tickets and home décor.
Guests are also encouraged to wear black and white, although it is not required.
Those interested in attending or serving as a table captain can RSVP by email to Suzanne Donati at Suzanne@carolinacomfortcoalition.org or call 704-664-2004. Guests are asked to consider making at a donation at the conclusion of the event. There is no obligation to give, however, and all gifts are confidential.