Four lucky nonprofits will receive fundraising and event-planning assistance from the Asheville Affiliates, a volunteer group of young professionals. At a Feb. 25 fundraiser at Fiore's restaurant, Affiliate board President Jessica Hunter announced the four organizations selected this year:
• Beauty Through Cancer
• Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
• Asheville Community Theatre
• The Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council
Hunter tells Xpress that 35 nonprofits applied to win Affiliates support this year. Although the organization offers the nonprofits considerable help in staging and promoting fundraisers, Affliates beneficiaries are in for more than just a good party. Last year's events raised roughly $25,000, which benefited Green Opportunities, the All Souls Counseling Center, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Asheville City Schools Foundation. A separate event — held to celebrate the Affiliates' 10th anniversary — netted around $9,000 for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project.
In the past decade, the Affiliates have raised more than $150,000 for local nonprofits, Hunter estimates.
The Asheville Affiliates, she stresses, is more a network than a club or group. Anyone can join by signing up for the e-mail newsletter at this Web site: www.affiliatesofasheville.com.