February 21, 2012

LIFESPAN has announced it will host a Philanthropy fundraising benefit Dinner in April 2012 to raise funds for its programs that transform the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

February 20, 2012, Charlotte, NC The Board of Directors and event Host Committee of LIFESPAN have announced that they will host a Philanthropy dinner on Thursday April 19, 2012 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, NC from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

Entitled "A Bridge to the Future" this event will benefit the extraordinary work done by LIFESPAN in transforming the lives and care of children and adults with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

Founded in 1973 by President and CEO, Leigh Derby, LIFESPAN has successfully been changing the lives of individuals largely hidden from those of us, who don't have personal experiences with family or friends who have physical and /or developmental disabilities. For 38 years, LIFESPAN has provided successful services and programs ranging from finding permanent employment opportunities, daily care, to creative art programs enabling talented artists to produce and sell their art. Today over 1,200 individuals are supported, encouraged and guided by LIFESPAN programs in Charlotte and across North Carolina.

Says Leigh Derby, CEO and President, "We are extremely proud of what we have managed to successfully provide for those who are mostly unable to provide for themselves. A society is often measured by how it takes care of its most vulnerable and we at LIFESPAN have heeded that call for almost 40 years."

The Philanthropy Dinner is pleased to announce Host Committee members : Martha Rea Calkins, Catherine & Wilton Connor, Becky & Woody Efird, Tracy & Bryam Frick, Laura & Jeff Hay and Michael & Sally Teden. The event at the Westin Hotel in April will gather supporters to raise money to directly support the mission and activities of the LIFESPAN family.  Business leaders will share their stories of how LIFESPAN'S employment programs have benefited their organizations and how lives have been changed in this regard.

The Dinner will include a live auction of art from LIFESPAN Arts based in Charlotte's trendy NoDa district. Guests will be able to bid on magnificent artworks auctioned by Auctioneer extraordinaire, Ernest Perry of Perry's Fine, Antique and Estate Jewelry during the evening.

LIFESPAN is extremely grateful to the presenting sponsors of this event - Wells Fargo and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC and supporting sponsors : Ballantyne Insurance; Benefit Solutions; Community Eye Care; Fifth Third Bank; First Citizens Bank; First Trust Bank; Jennie Derby & Associates; Larson Allen;
Perry's Fine, Antique and Estate Jewelry and Pionear.

Should you need more information on the "A Bridge to the Future" Philanthropy Dinner or wish to sponsor this event, please contact event organizers Lori Avery or Dianne Stewart.