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Fundraiser will benefit Community Connection
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Forsyth County News
Forsyth County Community Connection will combine thanks and giving for its third annual fundraising dinner June 30 at Tam's Backstage.
In its only fundraising event, the nonprofit organization will ask the community for donations, but also thank volunteers for their help over the past year.
"We like doing this as more of a personal thing," said Kerry Rosewall, volunteer coordinator. "It's more of an intimate type of dinner and we're also combining it with our volunteer appreciation. So for us, it works out really well together."
Last year's event raised $3,000. This year, with the help of Tam's Backstage, Rosewall said they hope to raise $5,000.
"Someone asked me the other day how much of the donations we get to keep for just one night," she said. "We get it all. Tams is very generous and they don't take any money from this event.
"For us, we've worked with so many other nonprofits that are doing the golf tournaments and other events, we don't want to be out there competing against our nonprofit partners."
The drop-in style buffet is expected to draw between 150 and 200 guests, including volunteers, representatives of other nonprofits and community members hoping to learn more about the child- and family-oriented organization.
A United Way agency, Community Connection's priority is to help with education, health and wellness and fight child abuse and neglect.
The organization works directly with nonprofits as a networking resource, to identify resources, where they are lacking, and how services can be improved to meet the needs of each child and family in the community.
Community Connection doesn't raise funds for its partners, which include volunteer service Hands on Forsyth.
Nicole McCoy, the organization's executive director, said she is excited to "celebrate the volunteering spirit of the community," by honoring outstanding people and groups with the Hands on Forsyth Awards.
"We hope it will move others to answer the call to action," she said.  
Some of the money raised from the event will go toward Hands on Forsyth, which McCoy said seeks to "create a centralized volunteer resource for citizens of this county to become better engaged in supporting the ongoing needs of all the nonprofits."
In the past two years, she said, Hands on Forsyth has recruited more than 1,500 registered volunteers who have contributed more than 15,000 hours of community service, or the equivalent of $281,550 of economic impact.
"Those are dollars nonprofit agencies would have to raise to support staff, or perhaps the work might have even gone uncompleted," she said. "Our goal in this next year is to have 2,500 volunteers registered, and we believe we can make that happen with the tremendous energy in our community."