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Rescue mission banquet celebrates hope

Stories of hope and inspiration will be the focus at the 8th Annual "Celebrate Hope" Banquet for the Cleveland County Rescue Mission (CCRM) on Friday, March 13, 2020, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the LeGrand Center in Shelby.

"This will be a chance for our residents to share testimonies of success," says Marie Jackson, CCRM director of marketing. "These will be stories celebrating long-term sobriety, employment and families reunited."

The CCRM is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to providing food, shelter and supportive services to men, women andchildren who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These services are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Currently the CCRM operates a 40-bed facility for men at 1100 Buffalo Street and a 20-bed facility for women and women with children (Heart2Heart place) located in Shelby. The organization serves more than 400 individuals annually with housing, job placement, education, workforce development and basic resources.

In addition to the inspiring stories from the shelter residents, the banquet event will include a catered meal from Ni Fen restaurant in Shelby, music by the ladies of Heart2Heart Place, a silent auction, and keynote speaker, Dr. Bobby Griffin. Griffin devotes most of his time helping non-profit organizations in his community in the Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee area and currently serves on several committees of the Bristol VA-TN Rotary Club. He was the recipient of the Boys & Girls Club of the Mountain Empire 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award. He holds two honorary doctorates and serves on several college and university boards.

Organizers of the banquet are hoping for a large turnout and lots of support from the community. "We rely on support from this event to carry us through until fundraising season in the fall," says Jackson.

Table host opportunities are available at $500/table for a table of 10. A limited number of individual tickets are also on sale for $50/ seat.

For more information about the event, contact Jackson at 704-466-6065 or visit the organization's website at myccrm.org.

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