Lake Norman & Mooresville

Pat’s Place event benefits youngest abuse victims

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center will host its second Annual Rhythm and Brews event March 28 at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius.

The event raises money for the organization’s Hope Chest Fund, which provides emergency services – such as transportation, food, clothing and mental health counseling – to sexually abused children, from birth to 18 years old.

“Pat’s Place serves our smallest and most vulnerable victims in an incredibly sensitive and professional way,” said Jeanne Miller, Davidson Police Department chief.

Though the organization serves the children of north Mecklenburg County, its physical offices are located in Charlotte. In order to increase public awareness for their efforts in the Lake Norman area, board chairman Lina Komanduri decided last year to organize the first Rhythm and Brews event.

More than 120 guests showed up, a number that they expect to double this year.

With purchase of a $75 ticket, guests can enjoy a casual evening of live music from Charlotte band Blind Manifest and craft beers from local brewing companies Birdsong, Bayne and D9.

“When we were told there would be an event called Rhythm and Brews, we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” said Bora Okay, marketing director at D9 Brewing. “When we found out the event would benefit children and Pat’s Place, we knew we had to be a part of it.”

For nonbeer drinkers, wine from Childress Vineyards will also be available, as well as a selection of hors d’oeuvres. Several raffle packages will also be up for bid during the evening.

Pat’s Place, which started helping children in 2005, provides an environment where a child’s well-being is top priority. Its goal is to reduce trauma and promote healing through services like family advocacy, forensic interviewing, medical evaluation and trauma-based mental health counseling.

Funds raised at this year’s Rhythm and Brews event will help provide access to these important resources for the children and families that most need them.

“We partner with many agencies within our community to find resources for our children and their families,” said Penelope Wilson, Pat’s Place director of development and communication. “However, our Hope Chest Fund fills the gap when other agencies cannot provide the necessary services.”

Pat’s Place does not charge children or their families to use their programs and services; it relies 100 percent on community support to fund its operations.

“They are an invaluable partner with the Davidson Police Department in the search for truth and justice for child victims of sexual assault,” said Miller. “Their services contribute to our ability to conduct a more thorough and professional investigation. We can’t do without them.”

Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jennifer? Email her at

Want to go?

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center’s Rhythm and Brews event will be 7-10 p.m. March 28 at The Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. Tickets can be purchased online at