MATTHEWS – Matthews Alive organizers presented $147,716 in proceeds from the Labor Day festival to nearly 40 area nonprofits during the Oct. 28 town commissioners meeting.
More than 2,000 volunteers and representatives from these nonprofits served in various capacities at the event. Sales of carnival rides, games, attractions, booth rentals and sponsorships generated the proceeds.
“To put on such a wonderful family tradition in Matthews alongside our sponsors, volunteers and town staff – and then to give back in a big way – is very gratifying,” said Lee Anne Moore, executive director of Matthews Alive. “We are closing in on the $2 million mark for 27 years. It’s an honor for all of us to create such an important community event.”
Organizations sharing in the proceeds were as follows:
• Schools: Butler High School band, band boosters, cheerleaders, football boosters, key club, lacrosse boosters, men’s soccer boosters and volleyball; East Meck High School band and band boosters; Independence High School Band; Marvin Ridge High School Band; Matthews Elementary School; Providence High School Band; Socrates Academy Parent Faculty Involvement Association; South Meck High School Band; and Sun Valley High School Band.
• Scouts: Boy Scouts Pack 214 and troops 39, 46, 140, 164, 174 and 502; and Girl Scouts Meck 8 Service Unit/Hornets Nest Council.
• Churches: Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church and Matthews United Methodist Church Youth Ministries.
• Others: Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, Charlotte Jr. Rugby Association, HAWK, Charlotte Woodcarvers, Charlotte Woodworkers, Dreamweavers Basket Guild, Hornet’s Nest Antique Auto Club of America, Kiwanis Club of Matthews, Matthews Masonic Lodge, Matthews Woman’s Club, Oasis Shrine Club, Piedmont Fiber Guild, Play-Well Teknologies, Sweet Union Quilt Guild and TEAM Charlotte Swimming.