INDIAN TRAIL – About 250 people gathered Oct. 11 at Weddington United Methodist Church for Common Heart’s “We Got Talent” contest during the annual Love in Action fundraising banquet.
The event raised $30,000 – enough to provide a week’s worth of groceries to 1,200 local families in need. Common Heart’s seven food pantries serve an average of 750 families (or 2,200 people) each month. The nonprofit also provides economic empowerment programs to help families get out of poverty and adult literacy tutoring.
More than $8,000 of the event’s total was raised by Common Heart Boosters, local supporters who gathered to collect donations for Common Heart in the weeks leading up to the banquet.
Boosters shared Common Heart’s story and asked folks to donate using social media, text, email, mailed letters and face-to-face interactions with family, friends and coworkers.
This year’s banquet also featured a buffet with food donated by more than 30 restaurants and a silent auction.
The Love in Action award was presented to longtime Common Heart volunteer and sponsor Bob Faulkner of Trebor Realty. Faulkner has been delivering groceries each month to friends in need for about eight years. When one of his families had a life-altering medical emergency with their youngest daughter last year, Faulkner sought help to get the family a medical van for their daughter’s frequent hospital and doctor’s visits.