WHAT: Town and Mountain Realty’s fourth annual Home for the Holidays fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 20, 5-9:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Orange Peel
WHY: “Home for the Holidays is a great time for the whole family, with life-size Jenga, cornhole, face painting and a photo booth.” says Joy Lovoy, owner of host organization Town and Mountain Realty.
By partnering with five local agencies that combat homelessness and mitigate crises — Homeward Bound, Helpmate, Caring for Children, Our VOICE and Western Carolina Rescue Ministries — the local realty firm aims to provide targeted assistance for “those in immediate need and those that fall through the cracks with government funding,” according to the event Web page.
In keeping with that inclusive theme, the fundraiser is designed to appeal to all ages. “The kids enjoy hanging with Santa and the live local music,” Lovoy says. “Some of the older kids traditionally are expert break dancers,” and the adults “really enjoy hamming it up in costumes in the photo booth.”
Sweet and savory food for event attendees has been donated by local restaurants like The Mediterranean, Moe’s Original BBQ, Home Grown, Luella’s, Vortex Doughnuts, Avenue M, Okie Dokies Smokehouse and French Broad Chocolate Lounge.
Food service, including a catered nacho bar, begins at 7 p.m. — around the time that kids activities wind down and transition into a live set of blues, jazz and swing tunes by Asheville outfit Virginia & the Slims.
More than two dozen local businesses also provided goods or gift certificates as raffle loot. One hundred percent of silent auction revenues, coupled with proceeds from $2 draft beers and donations at the door, will benefit the nonprofits. Plus, Town and Mountain will match the first $5,000 donated in a bid to reach the $20,000 mark.
“It’s important to us that everyone has a chance for shelter and security,” Lovoy says. “We love helping clients find these things, but many other people in Asheville are in need of a helping hand.”
Admission to Home for the Holidays is by donation at the door. Visit townandmountain.com/Ashevillefundraiser/ for more event details.