A night of dinner and dancing at the Chattahoochee Country Club is scheduled for Thursday with organizers hoping to raise $50,000 to benefit a Gainesville shelter program that helps homeless women and children in transition to get back on their feet.
The annual fundraising event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday to benefit My Sister’s Place.
“It funds all of the other operations for the year, that and other private donations that people mail in randomly because they believe in the cause,” said Jeanne Mahnke, a member of the organization’s board of directors and chairwoman of the shelter’s fundraising committee.
Brandee Thomas, executive director of My Sister’s Place, said Thursday’s event will be the eighth year for the dinner-dance fundraiser for the shelter and the sixth one at the Chattahoochee Country Club.
My Sister’s Place Dinner-Dance Fundraiser
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville
How much: $75 per personMore info: Call 770-532--5111 or visit http://www.my-sisters-place.org/news-events/
The event will feature dinner and dancing with music by the Gainesville-based group Back in Time. The group plays “rock-n-roll, beach and soul” music from the 1960s and 1970s, according to its Facebook page.
“This fundraiser is important because it’s our largest fundraiser for the year,” Thomas said. “We really count on that to create the significant portion of our budget. Through that we operate our shelter, we provide resources to our ladies within the program and as they are ready to graduate.”
The night will also include a live auction and a message from a graduate of the program at the shelter. Mahnke said the woman will be sharing her story of the how the shelter changed the life of her and her family.
Mahnke said the Christian-based shelter helps residents by providing a place to live, food and clothing, as well as help with finding a job, job interviews and moving into a home.
“We help them hopefully start a new career and get back on their feet,” she said. “We hope to do that in six months, and most of the time it’s not that long.
“Homelessness can come from anything,” Mahnke added. “It can come from loss of a job, a divorce, an illness; it can happen to anyone. It isn’t just a poverty thing. Every family knows someone who tomorrow could be out on the street.”
Dress for the dinner and dance is “corporate casual, so people can come right from work,” Mahnke said.The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 each. For more information, call 770-532-5111 or visit http://www.my-sisters-place.org/news-events/.