The Charlotte Rescue Mission raised at least $200,000 at its annual gala Tuesday night, including a $50,000 matching grant from the Leon Levine Foundation. That’s more than had been raised in previous years, the organization said.
About 320 people attended the gala.
The money will fund key programs at the mission, including professional counseling, job readiness classes and medical services, said the Rev. Tony Marciano, mission executive director. The mission expects to serve at least 600 men, women and children this year, Marciano said.
“These services are vital to helping people struggling with addiction, poverty and hopelessness put that part of their life behind them,” Marciano said. “Ultimately, we want them to be contributing members of society, gainfully employed with a place of their own.”