Conscious Party: Shake it off

WHAT: Soul Shakedown by the River

WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m.

WHERE: 318 Riverside Drive, Asheville

WHY: Asheville Affiliates, a social networking group of more than 3,000 young professionals that benefits area nonprofits, is hosting an evening of libations, food and fun to support the work of Green Opportunities, which helps youths and adults living in poverty get and keep jobs that support their families and improve community and environmental health. “It is important as a community to provide for people with employment obstacles. In Asheville, people want to help but often don’t know how. This event makes philanthropy accessible to people who want to help,” notes Asheville Affiliates marketing chair Dena Rutter.

Starting the evening’s entertainment is soul and funk act Lyric, which will be followed by local DJ Dr. Filth, best-known from Saturday nights at The Admiral. Guests will be able to sample appetizers provided by Lexington Avenue Brewery, as well as main dishes prepared by Green Opportunities Kitchen Ready students and can wash it all down with gratis beer from Catawba Brewing Co. and wines from Skyland Distributing. “Eat and drink all you want is a key aspect of our events. We want people to come and have a good time, create community and bring friends to increase the numbers of community-minded people,” Rutter says.

A pick-your-item raffle and a silent auction will take place during the event, with raffle tickets costing $5 each (5/$20). Guests may bid on items such as magnetic knife racks made by GO students, Biltmore tickets, gift certificates and Diamond Brand outdoor gear.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Green Opportunities’ food costs, administration and programs.

For tickets or more information, email billy@greenopportunities.org or visit greenopportunities.org.

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