The numbers are in and we have exceeded our goals!
At the Gatsby I expressed how blessed I feel to have Holly's spirit surrounding us to lead the steps of the Hands for Holly Fund. Those words hold true as there is no question that Holly's hands are ingrained in what we do today. I am simply amazed at what is possible through her and the generosity of our community. I cannot tell you how humbled, honored and grateful I am for you!
We set out with an aggressive goal of netting $60,000 and hosting 200 guests within our first signature event. When I first communicated that goal, folks reactions were a mix of hope and skepticism. Well, those folks had no idea how remarkable you are.
We obtained 158% of goal, which translates into $94,000 raised for the families we serve! We were honored to host approximately 260 guests and welcome a number of local celebrities to our function, namely, Charles Johnson, Shaquille Thompson and Ryan Delaire from the Panthers, Matt Skura from the Ravins, Kelly Myers from The Link and Rachel Rollar from NBC Charlotte.
Of course, the evening was only possible due to our guests, corporate sponsors, an army of volunteers, and the Bottlecap Group for donating their venue, staff and creating a VERY entertaining night for all.
As you know, 100% of our staff and board work voluntarily so $.95 of every dollar received goes directly to families. Needless to say this evening will help lift more than a few burdens of our neighbors in crisis. As I wrote within the event program, "we can't do any of this alone, but together we can accomplish great things!"
Please find the pictures from the evening by clicking the button below. Find Hands For Holly, enter your email address and the password "Holly" to view.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless.