CHARLOTTE, NC – Despite a tough economy, A Child’s Place still managed to raise an astounding $195,000 for homeless children through its annual event, “A Swine Evening.”

“A Swine Evening” is the biggest fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, which serves homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In June 2012, 4,922 homeless children were enrolled in the 159-school Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system. All of the proceeds from “A Swine Evening” will help ACP provide homeless children and their families with clothing, school supplies, tutoring and other services.

“Last year, A Swine Evening raised $152,000 for homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” said Annabelle Suddreth, ACP Executive Director. “With the growing number of identified homeless CMS students, we needed to raise even more this year – and boy, did we!  A Child’s Place wants to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, donors, volunteers and staff who helped make this event such a tremendous success.”

“A Swine Evening” was held June 2 at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in Charlotte. People got a chance to bid on more than 90 celebrity-autographed piggy banks with accompanying prizes. Some of today’s biggest names put their “pignature” up for auction, including businessman Donald Trump, former U.S. President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush, country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Twenty of the pigs were decorated by ACP’s client homeless children.

Planning has already begun for the next “A Swine Evening.” ACP has received signed piggy banks from award-winning chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck and musicians One Direction and Coldplay.  Suddreth looks forward to seeing more famous celebrities help homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

“We are so excited about next year’s event,” she said. “It is always a thrill for us to see which celebrities will sign piggy banks for us, and of course, we appreciate each one of them. We especially appreciate the celebrities who have participated in this event for many years. ACP and our client children can’t thank them enough for their generosity.”

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 homeless children during the 2011-12 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

Contact: Sarah Melton, Development Associate, (704) 343-3790 ext. 9500,

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