CHARLOTTE, NC – A Child’s Place raised more than $255,000 to benefit homeless children in Mecklenburg County at its sixth annual fundraising gala, A Swine Evening, on June 1.

Last year, the event brought in more than $195,000 for the client homeless children of A Child’s Place. Annabelle Suddreth, Executive Director of A Child’s Place, said the stakes were raised this year with a goal of $200,000. A Child’s Place surpassed that goal, raising more than $255,000, or roughly $60,000 more than last year’s event.

“Wow is about the only word that even remotely conveys how I am feeling about A Swine Evening,” said Annabelle Suddreth, Executive Director of A Child’s Place. “I am so grateful for and humbled by the generosity of our community! On behalf of the children we serve and from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you!”

A Swine Evening auctioned off 96 celebrity-autographed piggy banks with packages. Among the “pignatures” up for grabs were football stars Cam Newton and Eli Manning, musicians Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band, leaders Donald Trump and Mel Watt, entertainers Rob Schneider and Jonathan Kite, and many more.  A Swine Evening also featured 20 pigs painted by homeless children who are clients of A Child’s Place.

Package items included trips to large cities and golf resorts, tickets to late-night show tapings, restaurant and spa gift certificates, personal training sessions, gym memberships and concert tickets. Items featured in the live auction drummed up $63,000 including a $25,000 donation for a piggy bank signed by the legendary Ringo Starr of The Beatles.

Suddreth said the outcome of the event extended beyond anything she could have imagined. “To my staff members and the volunteers, sponsors, donors, bidders and guests, I am so grateful for your contribution to make A Swine Evening another success, and perhaps this year, the biggest one of all,” she said. “Your kindness and thoughtfulness are truly appreciated more than words can say.”

About A Child’s Place
Homelessness for children isn’t just about where they lay their heads at night; it’s about where their heads are during the day at school, too.  Founded in 1989, A Child’s Place of Charlotte is working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, reaching 2,228 children during the 2011-2012 school year.  In June 2012, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported 4,922 homeless students enrolled in the county’s public schools.  To learn more about A Child’s Place or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit

Sarah Melton | Development Associate
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