Garner: Community

Rotary soiree raises money for Back Packs

Left to right: Gala Chairperson Crystal Dempsey, Celebrity Emcee Mark Roberts and Gala Committee Member Rita Hines at the 2013 Black, White and Bling Gala.
Left to right: Gala Chairperson Crystal Dempsey, Celebrity Emcee Mark Roberts and Gala Committee Member Rita Hines at the 2013 Black, White and Bling Gala. COURTESY OF GARNER ROTARY CLUB

The Garner Mid-Day Rotary Club raised over $33,000 at its fifth annual Black, White and Bling Gala recently. The fundraiser supports the 24-member club’s Back Pack Buddies signature service project and provides scholarships for Garner area students.

The Back Pack Buddies program provides nutritious meals to homeless and needy students in four Garner elementary schools. The club supports meals for 60 students and will be able to increase its support to 80 students after the recent fundraiser.

The evening included a cocktail hour with live music, sit-down dinner, and silent and live auctions with guest emcee Mark Roberts, and culminated with the grand prize drawing for a diamond ring valued at over $5,000, donated by Anfesa’s Jewelers.

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