On Saturday, September 14, Carillon Assisted Living will host a fundraiser to benefit Servant’s Heart, a nonprofit organization that helps people in the Mint Hill community who are struggling financially.
Originally founded in 1996 in Raleigh, Carillon’s Mint Hill location on Margaret Wallace and Lebanon Road is Carillon’s seventh assisted living and memory care community in the Charlotte Metro area. Described by Mint Hill Marketing Director Amy Goodman as “home grown in NC,” Carillon has 22 locations state-wide that provide high quality care while encouraging seniors to live fully and stay connected to the lives they know and love.
On September 14, each of Carillon’s locations is partnering with a local charitable organization to raise funds and awareness. The event will be the same at all Carillon locations: an Antiques Roadshow-style “Antique Extravaganza” where anyone in the community can bring items for appraisal. If you’ve always wondered about the value of that family heirloom, you might just want to have it appraised!
Goodman feels fortunate to be able to work with a local organization like Servant’s Heart. “Carillon itself is home grown in North Carolina and feels very strongly about finding ways to stay connected with the community,” says Goodman. “This is a way we can truly help our neighbors.”
The funds raised by Carillon will assist Servant’s Heart with their goal of helping people struggling financially right here in our own community on their road toward financial stability. “We do this by providing daily necessities,” says Founder and Executive Director of Servant’s Heart Kim Rhodarmer. “Too many of our neighbors are struggling to meet basic needs. Moms and dads go without, so their children can eat. Families are hungry and do not know where to go for help. Basic items like laundry detergent and toilet paper are an unaffordable luxury. Clothing is needed. Thousands of children in Mint Hill schools qualify for free lunch which means their total household income does not exceed $36,000 for a family of four.”
Over the past two and a half years, Servant’s Heart’s assistance programs have helped over 8,200 people with tangible products in excess of $271,000. “As our client base and assistance programs continue to grow, partnerships and fundraisers such as Carillion of Mint Hill allow us to keep our nonfood and food pantries fully stocked along with funding for Duke Energy BillPay assistance,” says Rhodarmer. “Support also helps fund our seasonal programs: Student School Supplies, Turkey Tuesday, and Christmas Assistance Programs.”
In addition to raising funds for a worthy local cause, “Antique Extravaganza” will also help bring friends and visitors alike into the Carillon community. “Holding the appraisals right here in our community is a great opportunity for anyone to come and tour,” says Goodman. “It’s an opportunity to see life at Carillon and you don’t have to take time out of your busy week. If you’re going to be here to have your item appraised, it’s a perfect opportunity to walk through our community, visit friends and see what life at Carillon is like. While you or a loved one may not yet need us, chances are you know people that may be in the market looking into senior care and accommodations for a loved one.”
Carillon typically holds events in partnership with the local community three times a year. “There’s a lot of hometown pride here where people feel connected to the community and want to stay involved,” says Goodman. “Any events we hold here we try to do in a way that involves and gives back to our community.”
“Antique Extravaganza” will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, September 14. Advance tickets for appraisal are available at Carillon Assisted Living and Servant’s Heart for $10 each leading up to the event. One ticket is required for each item you would like appraised. Tickets will be sold for $25 each on site the day of the event. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to Servant’s Heart.