MONROE – Operation North State, a nonprofit that sends gift boxes to American troops deployed overseas, is already making plans for its first NCCARES fundraiser on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Iron Horse Motorcycles.
The main event that Saturday is a live auction of North Carolina-related products, services, events and gifts. Plus, those attending can enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and see special guests.
All proceeds from the auction will be used to fund Operation North State’s Christmas Gift Box Project, which has a goal of shipping 1,500 gift boxes filled with North Carolina products, goodies and messages of thanks to North Carolina’s deployed troops.
Iron Horse owner Mike Heafner has volunteered use of his facility and other services for the event.
Operation North State hopes to secure more than 200 of North Carolina’s best, most unique and enjoyable products and services for the auction and already has commitments for 60 auction items, including original pieces from four N.C. artists.
As for unique gifts, world-famous cookie master Evva Hanes, owner of Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies in Winston-Salem, is donating a dinner-for-four voucher at her own supper table.
Anyone who would like to offer an item for use in the auction should contact Terri Brooks, Operation North State executive director, or Terry Snyder, the founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-764-5967.