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Bright Blessings’ 3rd Annual Celebrate the Children Soiree and Silent Auction

CHARLOTTE, NC  OH, WHAT A NIGHT!!!  Bright Blessings’ Celebrate the Children 3rdAnnual Soiree & Silent Auction was a huge success!  The event was held at The Speedway Club at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 5th.  The evening was filled with great food, guest speakers with touching stories, silent auction items and a victory lap candy bar.  The highlight of the evening was a live auction trip to New York that included a 3 night stay in an apartment on 5th Avenue, 2 airfare vouchers courtesy of AirTran and 2 tickets to a Broadway Show.  The event’s emcee, Larry Sprinkle from WCNC, had the crowd bidding back and forth with a final bid over $3,000.
A big thank you goes to our sponsors, auction donors, pastry partners, board members, volunteers, Pat Heiss and her staff at The Speedway Club and especially, our co-chairs for the event, Mandy Ravin and Marni Eisner.  Their dedication and hard work made the night a huge success.  The money raised will help support the programs of Bright Blessings and put smiles on hundreds of homeless children’s faces across the Charlotte region.

A special thank you to the following sponsors:

Cup Champion Sponsor:
Pole Sponsors:

Event Supporters:
Akropolis Cafe at Arboretum

Arboretum Pediatrics

Beard Conveyors & Automation

Family Dollar

David A. Hodson

Farris, Cooke & Associates 

Hendrick Honda

The Fun Bus

Laxer, Long, Savage DDS

Levine Children's Hospital

A special thanks to the NASCAR Foundation and Pionear for supporting the programs of Bright Blessings with major contributions to kick-off our 3rd annual Celebrate the Children event.


March 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Love Week 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC  Thank you to all the volunteers that supported Bright Blessings during Love Week 2011.  We had close to 200 volunteers in 6 days to help unpack, sort and organize our new facility.  There were also children and youth helping wrap gifts, fill goody bags and make candy necklaces for the hundreds of children we serve every month.

Elevation Church had a goal of 25,000 hours of service during Love Week 2011.  With the help of more than 25 churches from all over Charlotte they exceeded their goal with over 34,000 hours of service!  Isn’t that amazing!

What a blessing all the volunteers were to so many organizations in Charlotte.  Love Week 2011 impacted thousands of lives around Charlotte from collecting shoes, prepared meals, cleaning up parks, of course helping out at Bright Blessings and much more across the city.

If you see anyone wearing a LOVE WEEK T-shirt around Charlotte, please be sure to THANK them for their service during Love Week 2011 and ask how you can get involved next year!

Thanks again Elevators for everything you do for Bright Blessings!  You Rock!!

March 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

A Very Merry “Unbirthday” to Us All!

CHARLOTTE, NC  I’m sure you are thinking what in the world is an Unbirthday!  Ms. Shockley, a 1st grade teacher at Selwyn Elementary, has an annual “unbirthday” party to celebrate student’s birthdays that may fall over any of the extended breaks from school.  So for you summer birthdays, you get to celebrate twice in one year if you have Ms. Shockley for a teacher.  How nice is that!!

Ms. Shockley had heard about Birthday Blessings, now Bright Blessings, and thought it would be a great opportunity to help the homeless children we serve by asking her students to bring in donations for the Student Birthdays Project.

She felt this service learning opportunity would complement the character study the students have been and will continue doing in class.  December’s trait was Caring and January was Justice & Fairness.

Ms. Shockley’s students not only brought in donations like juice, cookies, lollipops and napkins but they also made birthday cards and banners to brighten the smile of a homeless child on their birthday.

There were a total of 7 students celebrating their “Unbirthday” but a classroom full of students with caring and giving hearts!

Thank you for thinking of Bright Blessings!  Happy Unbirthday to Us All!

February 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Zensible Mama – My Best Birthday Gift Received

CHARLOTTE, NC  Maricris, also known as Zensible Mama, generously held a Toy Drive in honor of her birthday.  Maricris said, “Instead of celebrating mine, I celebrated the life of the homeless children in my community with the help of family and friends.” 

As you see in the picture, Maricris, her family and friends have huge giving hearts!  Maricris even received 104 Zhu Zhu Pets from the actual toy manufacturer!

Maricris also shared, “At the day of the Toy Drive when it was finally cake time, the kids sang Happy Birthday NOT to me but to “dear homeless kids” on their own accord that I’d dare say, even those with an abominable snowman hearts will melt if they’ve heard that!”

Maricris – we can’t thank you enough for your generosity and thinking of the homeless children we serve.  I know this was your best birthday ever!

Check out Maricris’ video as she documented the Toy Drive and the actual delivery to our Clanton Rd. office.

February 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

New volunteer positions available

February 2, 2011 – Bright Blessings continues to grow!  We are currently seeking volunteers to serve  as Facility Hosts at our new location, The Giving Village, in Matthews.  We are also seeking two Volunteer Co-Coordinators to help plan and carry out birthday celebrations for children at a local homeless shelter once per month.  Please click the link below to read more about these opportunities and let us know if you are interested in joining the Bright Blessings team! 

Facility Hosts and Volunteer Party Co-Coordinators

We are a volunteer-strong organization serving thousands of homeless children each year, thanks to the many helping hands and hearts who give so generously to help brighten the lives of kids in need.  Thanks for your interest in serving with Bright Blessings!

February 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

Heartwarming video: watch BB in action

January 27, 2011 – Catch a glimpse of Bright Blessings in action!  Watch as volunteers prepare gifts and supplies, as festive cupcakes are baked, and then witness the smiles and joy of children during a Bright Blessings party at a local shelter. 

Click this link to watch now: Bright Blessings video on “What’s Cooking”

Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated to help make this celebration a special one for the kids and families at Charlotte Emergency Housing: 

* Party preparations volunteer team: W.H. Gill & Associates

* Pastry partner: Suzi Allora of Suzi Skinny Cakes 

* Bright Blessings volunteer coordinator: Bronwyn Pressley and daughter Aubrey

* Adopt-a-Party group: Marni Eisner and friends

* And a special thanks to and host of “What’s Cooking,” Michael Ketchum, for making the trip all the way to Charlotte to share in the Bright Blessings experience!

January 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Nickles

Introducing Mrs.  Elizabeth Nickles!  Elizabeth Nickles is Birthday Blessing’s volunteer party coordinator for Florence Crittenton.  Elizabeth has been with Birthday Blessings since March of 2010.  Elizabeth is a happily married mother of two “babies!”.  Her family relocated from Virginia Beach two years ago.

While having family fun at Monkey Joe’s with her two beautiful children (Faith and Will) early this year, Mrs. Nickles took notice of a fundraiser Birthday Blessings was holding at the location.  Elizabeth loved the organization’s purpose (Birthday Blessings aims to provide positive emotional experiences for homeless children and their families by lifting spirits, promoting self-worth, and supporting basic needs) and knew she wanted to be involved. 

Elizabeth has been doing a fantastic job making these parties successful.  One of the mothers at Florence Crittenton told her that the “Blessing Baskets are awesome and really do help” us!  Blessing Baskets are given to babies and new mothers born into homelessness.  They contain essentials like onesies, formula, diapers, bottles, pacifiers and baby powder.

To learn how you can help Elizabeth and Bright Blessings (formerly Birthday Blessings) continue to provide Blessing Baskets and Beyond, click here: find out more about our programs.

January 14, 2011 at 5:05 am Leave a comment

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