Drums & Dragons is WNC Bridge Foundation’s premier fundraising event and has raised over $120,000 benefitting local area non-profits in Western North Carolina since its inception in 2017.
WNC Bridge Foundation programs such as the "You're Special" Fund provide hope, comfort, support, and security for our WNC neighbors. Here we are able to directly assist financially impoverished individuals in crisis situations, helping them to pay for necessary items that are not covered by insurance; such items as hip kits, grab bars, glucose test strips, medications, and tub transfer benches, and life saving medications for low-income stroke survivors.
In 2019, the You're Special Fund served 904 people in the WNC region, committing over $55,000 in funds to assist. The "You're Special" Fund is used only to pay for expenses that are not covered by another source.
The following describes just a few of the ways event 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.