WNC Bridge Foundation is pleased to share that we donated 100% of the proceeds from our 2019 event to 8 area non-profits totaling $39,226. This total reflects the $9,393 which the non-profits who participated in our everydayhero fundraising platform in 2019 raised themselves and got to keep...a theme we will continue for the 2020 event.
Thanks to the support of our generous donors, sponsors, teams, and community members, Drums & Dragons has been able to raise over $122,000 in donations since the event's inception back in 2017.
The following describes just a few of the ways the proceeds are being spent in our community:
- Mountain Child Advocacy Center is applying their funds toward growing their prevention and treatment programs for child abuse—an issue which affects a great number of children throughout our WNC region.
- Irene Wortham Center hopes to purchase a van so that their developmentally challenged clients can travel out into the community, providing them with social interaction with the public. They hope this opportunity will allow educational opportunities for the public in helping them to understand the adversities those experiencing developmental disabilities regularly face.
- Pisgah Legal Service intends to support their Elder Law Program with their funds raised, which provides free legal assistance to help low-income seniors (60 and older) to meet their urgent, basic needs. Their lawyers also represent and advise seniors who being abused by their spouse or caregivers, are experiencing consumer fraud or harassment, or at risk of losing their homes or otherwise being misplaced.
- The Community Table of Jackson County will be purchasing more fresh produce and high-quality proteins for their clientele who they serve in their soup kitchen 4 nights per week—of which 70% are elderly or children.
- Vecinos Farmworkers Health Program will utilize funds to provide emergency needs such as medical payments and/or nutrition for their patients and their families.