Though the Panthers were unsuccessful in their bid to win a Super Bowl, the big game helped to raise more than $60,000 for a local homeless shelter.
Shepherds House executive director Mary Boyles said the event, held on Feb. 6 at Cross Creek Country Club, featured a sold out dinner and $10,000 draw-down raffle.
Joan Inman was the winner of the draw-down. However, Boyles said the real winner was the Shepherd’s House and the families it helps.
“The biggest winner of the night was the Shepherds House,” wrote Boyles in a summary of the annual event. “This annual event helps to provide and assist the many needs for the homeless in and around Surry County.”
Though the venue for the tailgate party-themed fundraiser could only accommodate 300 visitors for dinner, Boyles said more than 50 additional supporters entered the event after the evening meal had concluded.
Those late-comers attended the event in order to take part in the featured live and silent auctions, said Boyles. The silent auction which offered about 100 items donated by local businesses, organizations and residents garnered more than $8,000.
The live auction offered participants the opportunity to bid on three items, according to Boyles. A diamond necklace was purchased for $350. A football signed by Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart brought a $1,350 donation at auction and a one-week stay at a beach house sold for $2,500.
“The participation from individuals, businesses and the entire community was phenomenal,” wrote Boyles.
Boyles went on to call the event one of her organization’s top fundraising events in the past 12 years. Sponsors for the event set a record for monetary contributions.
The homeless shelter has provided shelter to more than 1,600 people since it started in 2003. Boyles said the shelter has also provided more than 131,000 meals throughout the course of the last 13 years. She said none of it is possible without community involvement.
Boyles said those in need of further information regarding the shelter can call Shepherds House at 786-1420.
Andy is a staff writer for the News and can be reached at 415-4698.