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The Relatives’ Family Update

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Dear Relatives,

For over 10 years, 400 people have set their alarms to wake up just a bit earlier on an October morning, circled around Dilworth to find parking, and gathered at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral to discover not only a Chick-fil-A biscuit, but more about the crises facing our vulnerable youth and young adults.

Our Breakfast With The Relatives fundraiser allows us to share our story with you in the most impactful way we can – through the words of our youth. Whether it’s a life-long supporter, or someone who never knew the bungalow on East Blvd. was a crisis shelter, people gather to listen to our kids bravely share their journey to stability and independence. You can hear some of these amazing testimonials here.

But, like all things in 2020, this year’s Breakfast is different. With large gatherings a thing of the past, and more people getting comfortable with the notion of virtual events, we have shifted how we’ll share our message. And in the year we need your help the most, shifting can be a bit daunting.

We just kicked off our fiscal year on October 1 and, like most of the youth and young adults who come to us seeking refuge, our year ahead feels unpredictable. Philanthropic giving covers over 50% of our operating budget, and the Breakfast normally makes up about 25% of our total income. October is such an important part of our calendar, but we are confident we can count on all of you throughout the year.

Now more than ever, our kids need your support. In this year of unknowns you can be a steadying force in the lives of our young people. Your contributions, no matter what size or what time of year, empower our youth and young adults to build a bright future.

Thank you for Being A Relative and giving our community hope for a better tomorrow.



Trish Hobson
Executive Director


Thank You to our Breakfast Sponsors!

2020 is the year to Build Hope Together! The goal of our Breakfast is is to raise critical funds needed to continue the wide array of programs and services offered to youth and young adults who need a safe place, counseling, and the proper tools to reach safety, stability and independence. We are confident our Breakfast will be successful because of our amazing sponsors. They provide not only vital support through their dollars, but also introduce their teams to our mission and volunteer to help our youth and young adults.

Champion Sponsor: The Oliver Private Wealth Management Group
Empowerment Sponsor: Bank of America
Visionary Sponsor: TTI Floor Care
Role Model Sponsors: Alston & Bird, CNP Technologies, Deloitte, FCA Partners, Hobson Builders, HOAR Construction, Lennar, Precision Lender, Publix, QuikTrip, Spectrum Companies
Mentor Sponsors: Collwick Capital, Crowder Construction, PNC Bank, Sharonview Bank, South State Bank, Strathmore Capital Advisors


Charlotte Wine + Food

Charlotte Wine + Food has been a part of our Relatives family for the past 4 years. They typically host their main event in April, which benefits various organizations supporting children in our community. We have been fortunate to be involved and have received over $100,000 as a result of our partnership.

While they had to postpone 2020’s event until this Fall, they continued to support us by bringing in several meals so that our kids could enjoy some of Charlotte’s finest dining, and have provided gift cards to thank our staff for going above and beyond.

CW+F is finally ready to celebrate and has lots of wonderful events happening this week. Click here to learn how you can support The Relatives while enjoying food and wine. Even if you cannot attend an event this fall, whether in person or virtually, you can still get in on the action! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 13 and look out for their announcements regarding the preview and registration of the online auction where your bid helps The Relatives!


Host Breakfast in Bed!

We have been so fortunate to have our volunteers and donors come together with activities, meals and financial contributions during the last six months and we are incredibly grateful. As we look to continue our annual fundraising efforts in a virtual world, we would love for you to consider hosting an event in support of The Relatives, either in a small group or virtually on Zoom.

If you are interested in sharing the mission of The Relatives with your friends and family, contact Spencer Guthery to schedule a Breakfast in Bed event.

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