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The Place of Forsyth County to hold Ladies Luncheon

If you go

* What: Second annual Ladies Luncheon to benefit The Place of Forsyth County
* When: Monday, May 15 at noon
* Where: The Exchange in The Collection at Forsyth
* Cost: $25
* Tickets: Email

For the second year in a row, The Place of Forsyth County is holding a ladies luncheon to raise money for the organization’s youth programs.

The event, which emphasizes compassion, caring and community, will feature Elizabeth Pehrson, the founder of The Exchange — a monthly gathering that “seeks to inspire women to live on purpose and with intention” — as its keynote speaker.

The idea to keep the luncheon focused on women was an easy one, said Joni Smith, executive director of The Place, a nonprofit emergency services provider and workforce development program.

“The Place was founded by four nuns, so we figure it’s just natural to have a ladies luncheon so women in the community are aware of ways to support their community,” she said. “This is all about — and [Pehrson] will speak about — women getting engaged to change their community.”

The money raised at the event, which costs $25 to attend, will go towards youth programs The Place offers.

“We’re partnering with Forsyth County Schools this summer to offer a six-week summer camp for up to 400 children,” Smith said. “It will be held at Midway and Chattahoochee elementary schools and we’re hiring teachers to oversee the kids.

“It will have a really good educational component and is very inexpensive for families, because we’re charging $20 per week, and that includes food.”

Smith added while The Place does receive many donations, it’s the “hidden expenses” they need help covering.

“We also raise money for when school starts again,” she said. “Last year, we supplied needy families with over 1,200 backpacks, working with churches and the community, but we will need funding for supplies not donated and so every child is prepared for school.

“Our Holiday House served almost 2,100 kids last year, too. There are always these hidden expenses and things you don’t anticipate, so we’re focused on raising awareness but also raising funds to support all of our youth programs.”

The luncheon will be held Monday, May 15 at noon at The Exchange Cumming, which is located next to Grub Burger Bar at The Collection at Forsyth.

To reserve a ticket, email Smith at