www.UnionShelter.org l September 14, 2020

It’s time for Boots & Bow Ties, our annual fundraising gala.

But like most things in 2020, it’s vastly different this year.

“It quickly became obvious that an in-person event like we normally have couldn’t happen this year,” says CEO Kathy Bragg. “But we were determined to have an event, just tweaked with COVID.” The event typically raises approximately 10 percent of the operating budget, or about $200,000.

Our nonprofit organization has created a “non-event fundraiser,” asking you to cheekily “not attend” on Sept. 19 with Boots and Bow Ties Home Edition. Event directors suggest attendees “stay home, plop on the couch, watch TV” while supporting the Shelter either on Sept. 19 or another date that’s convenient. 
“We need your participation more than ever, just not in person,” Bragg says. “With COVID-19, we’ve seen an unprecedented surge in unemployment, food insecurity and evictions, which have greatly increased demand for Community Shelter services.

Boots & Bow Ties Chair Anne Deas says, “Think of your savings by staying home! No event tickets, auction purchases or activities to pay for. That can save you $400. Add on no raffle tickets, babysitter or new outfit, and you can save another $200.

Deas adds, “Think of your neighbors experiencing hunger and homelessness.” She asks that event “non-attendees” consider donating the amount they might spend at a typical on-site fundraiser. “You’ll help your neighbors in need and enjoy a night at home.”

All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible AND you can donate on any day you choose, not just Sept. 19, from the comfort of your home . . . or couch!
Here’s how you can make a contribution
to help the hungry and homeless in Union County
  • Online by clicking the Donate Here button
  • By mailing the form and a check to 160 Meadow St., Monroe, NC 28110
  • By mailing the pledge form for later payment.

Here’s another way you can support the Shelter
You can mail your form and check to 160 Meadow St., Monroe NC 28110
or email the form to Nancy.Stephen@UnionShelter.org to pay by credit card.