HOPEWAY'S SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL HANDBAG AUCTION

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The inaugural What Are You Carrying? designer handbag auction at Quail Hollow Club was an evening of education, awareness and fun. The 300 guests bid on a selection of designer purses with proceeds going to support the therapeutic programs and financial assistance at HopeWay, Charlotte’s mental health treatment center offering residential and day treatment for adults in a first-class setting.

Funds raised go to HopeWay’s financial assistance program that increases access to a wider population of men and women who need help. Since opening in November of 2016, HopeWay has provided over $1 million in financial assistance and served nearly 700 people.

The event committee included Amy Levine Dawson, Preeti Deshmukh, Emily Maynard Johnson, Kara Olsen, Taylor Russ, Laura Philipson, Lori Levine Sklut, and Nazy Weeks. A Challenge Grant from Lori and Eric Sklut matched direct contributions to HopeWay up to $20,000.

The event was a huge success and raised more than $111,000 for HopeWay.

ALLEGRO FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR'S BALL

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Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, was the honoree at the Ambassador’s Ball at Quail Hollow Club. The Irish-themed fundraiser was a benefit for the Allegro Foundation, a Champion of Children with Disabilities. Highlights of the evening were a special performance by the children of Allegro and their teacher assistants, and Ambassador Mulhall’s presentation of a gift of Waterford crystal to the event’s host, Felix Sabates.

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Puttin’ On The Ritz was the theme of this year’s Pink Boots Ball, a fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission of helping women during every stage of their breast cancer journey - from diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, living with metastasis, remission; or the fear of recurrence. Held at the Ritz-Carlton, the pink infused party included cocktails, dinner and dancing. carolinabreastfriends.org.

GREAT GATSBY GALA

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Guests at the 30th annual Great Gatsby Gala were transported back to the Roaring 20s during the benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. Held at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, it featured a live orchestra, swing dancing, a costume contest judged by Dressed owner Bernadette Maulion, a silent auction, and heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.