Christmas Concerts Raise Thousands for Local Charities
Christmas will be a bit brighter this year for North Carolina children and families in need, thanks to the success of Carillon’s second annual Victorian Christmas concert celebrations. The events, featuring nationally renowned caroling groups in full Victorian dress costume, were held statewide at Carillon’s 19 assisted living communities in early December.
The Christmas concerts raised thousands through guest donations to local charities and non-profit groups, including Meals on Wheels, the Jaycees and the Boys and Girls Club, to name just a few. Funds raised through last year’s events helped feed hundreds of local families through the holiday season, put Christmas gifts under the tree for children who otherwise would not have received anything, and paid household expenses for cancer patients and families with seriously ill children.
“Carillon’s Christmas concerts honor our seniors by bringing family and friends into their home to celebrate the traditions they passed down to us,” said Carillon President Karen Moriarty. “These signature fundraising events also help fulfill Carillon’s commitment to be a good community partner wherever there is a Carillon Assisted Living.”
Working in partnership with local organizations helps to leverage fundraising efforts and maximize the impact of every charitable dollar raised, Moriarty said.
In addition to music and caroling, this year’s events featured a hearty holiday spread including mulled cider, sausage balls, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, strawberry cake and plenty of sweet Christmas treats and candies for the kids.
“There is something about these events that is really magical,” said Jennifer Moore, regional director of operations. “With the Christmas lights all aglow and our residents and guests gathered together, this hush kind of falls when the carolers arrive and begin singing. It’s a moment captured in time that you want to remember all year.”
on December 16, 2014