The Charlotte gala that boasts a curious name and celebrity piggy banks was held at the Charlotte Renaissance Suites Hotel. In its fifth year, “A Swine Evening” benefits A Child’s Place, a local charity aimed at helping homeless children in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District.

A Swine Evening hosts online and on-site auctions featuring 95 ceramic piggy banks autographed by local and national celebrities with a package that includes items related to the celebrity. This year’s celebrity “piggies” included Conan O’Brien, Martin Short, Maya Angelou, Donald Trump, Adrienne Maloof, Jimmy Buffett, Lionel Richie, and Lance Armstrong.   Attendees could also bid on “piglet” piggy banks from the organizations greatest celebrities – the children they serve.

Hundreds of guests attended to show their support. “We have been supporters of A Child’s Place for several years, and we think that it’s heartbreaking that there are children living in Charlotte who do not have a home,” said attendee, Jennifer Sidden.  So passionate about the organization, Jennifer and her husband, Curt, recently organized Swing Fore A Child’s Place Golf Tournament which raised over $70,000.

“Back in 1989, it was illegal for homeless children to attend school,” said Executive Director, Annabelle Suddreth. “The original Founders saw homeless children playing in a cemetery and inquired as to why these children were not in school. They decided to take matters into their own hands, and obtained a teacher from a Presbyterian Church, and started a school for 27 children. Today, we have gotten out of the education business, because it is now legal for homeless children to attend school. We have shifted our focus towards mitigating all of the challenges that homeless children face, and we try to get them into school, and ready to learn.”

To date, this was by far, the most successful charity event held by A Child’s Place. Because of the generosity of others, homeless children in the CMS District will continue to receive the supportive services and resources that are imperative to lifting their spirits, in addition to their performance in school.

From NFocus Magazine, June 29, 2012

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