CHARLOTTE, NC – A Child’s Place is hoping to raise the bar this year at its annual fundraising event, A Swine Evening, to benefit homeless children in Mecklenburg County.

A Swine Evening auctions celebrity-autographed piggy banks with unique packages, such as exquisite trips, memberships to fitness facilities, one-on-one time with professional athletes, a backyard barbecue for 25, tickets to concerts and television shows and much more.

Last year, the event raised more than $195,000 for hundreds of Mecklenburg County homeless children who receive social work support from A Child’s Place of Charlotte, Inc.  The agency hopes proceeds from this year’s event will break $200,000.

“A Child’s Place assisted 2,228 homeless children in Charlotte last year.  We’ve already been able to help 2,500 this school year, and the year isn’t over,”according to Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth. “It costs nearly $1,000 for A Child’s Place to provide services to one child for one school year. Imagine how many more children we could help, and how much more good we could do, if we can raise $200,000 from A Swine Evening this year!  It’s an adventurous goal, but our friends are up for the challenge.”

Among the celebrity sources of “pignatures” collected for auction are football stars Aaron Rodgers 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 will also feature twenty pigs painted by homeless children who are clients of A Child’s Place.

“We are so thankful for every person that signs a piggy bank, but truly, our stars for the evening are the children,” Suddreth said. “We’ve got client children with wonderful artistic talent. When they find out their piggy bank is going to be auctioned off at A Swine Evening, they are so tickled!”

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 www.achildsplace.org.

Contact:
Sarah Melton | Development Associate
A Child’s Place | 601 E. Fifth St., Suite 230, Charlotte, NC 28202
T: 704.343.3790 x9550 or 704-943-9550 (direct) | E: smelton@achildsplace.org

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