Is the Gala Canceled? With recent developments of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 NorthEast Foundation Gala has been canceled per Atrium’s updated policy on meetings and events. The safety and well-being of our community members are always the priority.
Why has the Gala been canceled when there are no cases in Cabarrus County? The decision to cancel the event was not made lightly, but to help minimize the risk to the communities we serve during the current outbreak of COVID-19, this was determined to be the best course of action. This is a completely new virus that has not previously caused infections in humans and as such no one has preexisting protection from infection which increases risk of wider spread.
I already purchased tickets; can I get my money back? A Foundation staff member will be reaching out to those who have already purchased tickets. You will have two options, 1) a full refund or 2) consider it a donation to the NorthEast Foundation and you will receive full tax credit and a tax receipt letter in the mail.
I have already paid for my sponsorship, what are my options? A Foundation staff member will be reaching out to those who have purchased a sponsorship. You will have three options, 1) consider it a donation to the Foundation and you will receive full tax credit and a tax receipt letter in the mail, 2) credit the money toward s ponsorship of our 40th Anniversary Foundation Fashion Night in 2020 with comparable sponsorships and benefits (more details of this event will be shared in the coming weeks) or 3) request a full refund.
I donated an item to the silent auction; will you be using it?The NorthEast Foundation's current plan is to continue with the online portion of the auction through an alternative virtual fundraiser. They will be moving some of the live auction items online in conjunction with the silent auction! The Gala is the signature fundraising event for their hospital and the money raised from the auction helps fund immediate needs within Atrium Health Cabarrus.
The $10,000 raffle was always a fun part of the gala; will there still be a raffle? We are currently researching the legalities of the $10,000 raffle. Our hope is to continue to sell raffle tickets up to 10 p.m. on April 4 with a Facebook Live drawing for the winner. Again, please stay tuned for updates.
What Can I do to Help? Help the NorthEast Foundation spread the word the gala has been canceled, but the silent auction will continue as planned. Their auction committee worked hard to secure a wide variety of items! Stay tuned to the NorthEast Foundation's social media and email updates to bid.
Thank you for your understanding during this time, the NorthEast Foundation Gala Committee will continue to work hard to raise funding for Atrium Health Cabarrus and to support the healthcare needs of our wonderful community.
For more information about this cancellation and upcoming NorthEast Foundation events, please visit the NorthEast Foundation website linked below.