Celebrating Our Kids Event FAQs
The purpose of the event is two-fold – to raise awareness of childhood mental illness and of Alexander Youth Network’s mission to help those children suffering from mental health disorders; and to raise the necessary funds to continue serving these children and their families.
Fees for services cover only about 85% of the cost of providing treatment. As a nonprofit agency, Alexander uses charitable donations to cover this shortfall – to pay treatment staff, cover the cost of training, and pay for operational expenses associated with its programs. Approximately $2.5 million a year is contributed by individuals, churches, corporations, foundations and others.
Alexander understands that people are busy. Staff and volunteers work very hard to hone the agency’s message, and the story of those we serve, so that it fits the typical one-hour lunch time frame. Many of the people attending the luncheon have been introduced to Alexander through other ways, and those that are learning about Alexander for the first time are invited to tour the campus during its one-hour semi-monthly Campus Tour events.
We hope to use the hour event to raise awareness about a social issue that isn’t talked about much in social circles. We hope that all of our guests will be inspired to support the agency.
There is a moment during the latter part of the program when one of our volunteer leaders will ask people to consider a gift. Pledge cards and envelopes will be available for guests at each table.
Over 1,300 people volunteered at Alexander last year – providing administrative help, wrapping holiday gifts for children in our programs, having a weekly meal with a child in Day Treatment, or helping with a building and grounds project, among other things. What’s more, hundreds help by providing gifts-in-kind – goods and services – such as clothing, books, recreational equipment, household products and personal care products. Anyone who expresses an interest in volunteering or giving in other ways should be directed to either click here or contact Ashley Nieves at 704.227.9115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is free parking provided for the event in the Westin garage. There are numerous surface lots surrounding the Westin and a parking map will be emailed to table captains in advance of the event. We encourage guests to walk if possible, carpool or utilize the LYNX Blue Line (Stonewall Station). Extra time should be allowed if guests choose to drive and park nearby. The luncheon will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin.
Table captains should arrive by 11:15 a.m. in order to pick up their packet at the registration area and be prepared to greet guests at their table as they arrive.
We will email you 1-2 days before the event with all of your table information. You can then forward this information via email or text to your guests. Greeters will be available to direct you and your guests to your assigned table. You can view the floor plan of the Grand Ballroom on signage just outside of the ballroom.
No, simply collect any pledge envelopes left at your table and turn them in to an Alexander staff member on your way out.
Yes. We will stay in touch with all table captains following the event and provide regular updates as well as individual table totals.
Table captains need to fill a table of 10. That means that many more people will need to be invited. Confirming at least 14 guests should ensure that your table is full on the day of the event. You are more than welcome to invite as many people as you wish. If you invite more than can be seated at one table, we’ll ask you to tell us who should be seated at each table.
Yes, we can accommodate specific dietary restrictions if you let us know when you register your guests.
Ultimately, the Alexander Children’s Foundation Board of Directors is in charge of this event. The staff liaison is our Director of Development, Crissy Humble. Click on the event contact page to see the various ways to get in touch with her. She can answer questions about the event, sponsorships, being a table captain and more.
We recommend making a personal phone call to invite your guests. This can be a follow-up to your initial email or your first point of contact. Separately, your guests will appreciate hearing from you once or twice during the weeks leading up to the event. Just before the event, touch base with all of the guests who said they’d attend to confirm and provide them with their table number. More about the invitation process will be shared with you in our bi-weekly email communications.