The local homeless shelter scored big with its annual Super Bowl-themed fundraiser, pulling in more than $85,000.
On Feb. 4 the Shepherd’s House held its Super Bowl Tailgate fundraiser at Cross Creek Country Club. The event included a dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a draw-down raffle.
Shepherd’s House executive director Mary Boyles said the dinner was sold out. However, many people opted to enter the event after dinner to participate in the remainder of the evening’s fun.
It was standing room only in the banquet hall at the country club as the live auction began, according to Boyles.
“Our community, its businesses and the many organizations that gave items for the silent and live auctions, along with so many individuals participating, truly put the event over the top Saturday night with a record financial take in for the night’s event and the event as a whole,” noted Boyles.
The $85,000 raised is far more than the shelter had received on any single day prior. For instance, the 2016 event raised about $60,000, and the 2015 event raised about $50,000.
Boyles has been working to grow support in the community since taking the director role at the shelter in 2015.
On Saturday, she told those who turned out in support that the shelter put a roof over the heads of 253 people in 2016. However, there’s clearly a need in the community, as the shelter had to turn away 413 people due to a lack of available space.
In prior interviews, Boyles indicated she would like to see the organization grow to meet the needs of the community, but it must first continue to grow its support in the community.
“We are thankful year after year for those businesses, organizations and local supporters for the items donated for our silent auction, dollar auction items and the live auction,” remarked Boyles.
Those interested in supporting the shelter may call 786-1420. Monetary donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1722, Mount Airy, NC 27030, and all other donations can be delivered to the Shepherd’s House at 227 Rockford St., Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.