BOONE — Executive Director Tina B. Krause, along with the Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina Board of Directors, will be broadcasting the crisis and shelter organization’s annual Hope Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

“The Hope Luncheon is our signature fundraising event,” said Hospitality House Director of Development Todd Carter. “While current conditions prevent us from staging the mid-day gala so many look forward to, it was imperative to find a way to continue this tradition, even during a global pandemic.”

This year’s theme, “Hope Survives,” speaks directly to the challenges and obstacles facing the homeless, hungry and impoverished individuals and families that rely on the programs and services of Hospitality House. The program will feature staff and volunteer highlights, COVID-19 response updates, as well as the client testimonials of resilience and renewal that the luncheon has become known for.

“To say that this is a challenging time seems reductive,” Krause said. “Since the beginning of the pandemic we have continued to operate our housing, hunger relief and crisis assistance programs at 100 percent; it just looks quite a bit different.”

This year, the silent auction will transform to an online auction that will be open for a week from noon on Thursday, Aug. 14, until noon on Thursday, Aug. 20.

The total value of items up for auction exceeds $50,000 and includes a 1967 Classic Plymouth Belvedere, one week stays at Holden Beach and Ocean Isle, Biltmore Estate weekend excursions, original oil paintings, custom metal artwork, travel packages, dozens of gift baskets and more than one hundred area adventures and gift certificates.

“As they say, the show must go on,” said Carter. “While not in person, and no longer a luncheon, we are excited that more people will be able to join us this year; everyone is invited. We encourage people to peruse the online auction, bidding at their leisure, then pour a glass of their favorite beverage and enjoy the inspirational broadcast on Aug. 20.”

Community members who RSVP at www.hosphouse.org/hope will receive a follow-up email reminder with links to the broadcast.

Individuals interested in previewing the online auction are encouraged to bookmark www.hosphouse.org/auction. The preview will go live on Aug. 7, one week prior to the start of the auction.

In addition to being asked to make a gift at the conclusion of the virtual event, guests will be able to contribute in a variety of ways, including texting Hosphouse to 707070, via Venmo (@hosphouse), CashApp ($hosphouse) or PayPal.me/hosphouse, and donating online at www.hosphouse.org/donate.

Anyone inquiring about the event or in need of additional information is encouraged to email Carter at todd@hosphouse.org.

For the latest updates from the Hospitality House and to learn more, visit www.HospHouse.org/covid19 and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @hosphouse, and Twitter @HospHouseNWNC.

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