Thousands of Dollars Raised for Hurricane Relief
at Annual "Alive After Five" Oyster Roast
Charlotte, NC, September 16, 2005 — The 7th annual "Alive After Five" oyster roast at uptown Charlotte’s Mimosa Grill drew an enthusiast crowd of about one thousand people and raised just over $4,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. That total includes cash donations plus a portion of the proceeds from beverage sales and a silent auction of sports memorabilia. The money will be presented to the Salvation Army for its disaster relief efforts.
The Carolina Wellness Coalition, which was originally designated as the charity to benefit from the oyster roast, relinquished that role and its 80+ sponsors helped promote the fundraiser. Other local businesses also volunteered to lend a hand to make sure this "Alive After Five" was a huge success.
Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory attended the event and addressed the crowd, encouraging everyone to donate generously. When he learned of the total amount raised, he said, “Charlotte’s outpouring of support to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina has no bounds. I commend the Carolina Wellness Coalition and Mimosa Grill on their highly successful Oyster Roast fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The fact that the Carolina Wellness Coalition was moved to give the proceeds of what was to be a fundraiser for their organization, but instead made it a benefit for the Hurricane victims, speaks volumes about how Charlotte is such a caring community.”
Mark Darvill, General Manager of Mimosa Grill, said, “It’s the most successful oyster roast we’ve ever had. I attribute that in part to the fact that so many businesses joined us in our efforts to get the word out about the fundraiser and they tirelessly donated their time to help at the event. Charlotteans responded in large numbers and gave generously.”
More details about the event:
DISASTER RELIEF FUNDRAISER
The Wellness Coalition's
"Wellness After Hours"
and the 7th Annual Mimosa Grill
"Alive After 5" Oyster Roast
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th
(On South Tryon in front of the Wachovia Atrium)
Cost: Free admission with cash bar
Donations: Stations will be set up to take donations and Mardi Gras beads will be given out as a token of thanks for your support.
Featured Food: Fresh oysters and low country shrimp boil
Band: Cherry Bomb
Sponsors included: The Wellness Coalition, Sponsor Parties, PGA, Charlotte Sports Connection, Center City Partners, Charlotte Fitness Equipment, Charlotte Health and Fitness Magazine, Diamond Springs, Charlotte Running Company, ReGenesis Medical Spa and Wellness Center, InRoomMD, Charlotte Yoga, No Fear Store, Dr. Charles Payet, Voci Spa and Salon, Rose Limousine, Ltd., Modry Design Studio, Mimosa Grill and the Galloway Running Program.