photos by BOBBY ROEBUCK
As part of the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the United Way of Forsyth County, the organization hosted the inaugural Sneaker Ball at the Anderson Conference Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University on May 6th at 7pm.
The Sneaker Ball was a time getting dressed up in formal attire with a little twist – guests’ shoes had to be sneakers! Live entertainment was provided by M’Soul, and guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, a photo booth, a silent and live auction, and much more. A good time was had by all in attendance, and funds raised will be used in Forsyth County.
One of the key focus areas of United Way of Forsyth County is to ensure childhood and student success. The need in this area of support outweighs the funding received through funding done with workplace campaigns and grants. Therefore, funds raised through the Sneaker Ball will support programs of educational success, specifically at the Pre-K level.
The Sneaker Ball is intended to become an annual fundraiser for the United Way of Forsyth County and help supplement the funds needed to carry out the organization’s mission.
“Funds generated by the Sneaker Ball will significantly help us fill in the gap in providing quality educational programs to children within some of our most vulnerable neighborhoods. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, much of the cost of hosting the Sneaker Ball will be covered. Funds generated from tickets and the auctions will go directly toward supporting pre-K educational programming,” said United Way of Forsyth County President and CEO Antonia Monk Richburg, Ph.D.
The Sneaker Ball raised more than $100,000 through guests, auctions and sponsors. Local companies stepped up to help fund the gala including Hanesbrand and Reynolds American at the platinum level, Wake Forest University at the gold level and more.
For more information on United Way of Forsyth County, visit forsythunitedway.org.