Volunteering may be ticket to annual charity event

By Alexandra Wardlaw

Special to the Oakland News

“There is buzz about this event all year long,” said one Fayette Cares volunteer who is amazed to hear year-round praise from guests and volunteers who participate in A Night of Southern Elegance.

With a 2012 theme of Fire & Ice, this premier Fayette Cares fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 3, which means volunteer opportunities are now available to help create a sensational event.

Fayette Cares volunteers take part in décor and set up, managing food and beverage services, requesting impressive auction items, guest relations, even working with musicians, lighting, and sound.

Those who wish to join a group of volunteers in preparing for the annual event are invited to attend the Aug. 30 volunteer gathering at 5:30 p.m. at La Hacienda restaurant in Oakland. Two volunteers will walk away with free tickets for the event.

Interested volunteers will then learn about the powerful work of Fayette Cares, look back at the great success of A Night of Southern Elegance 2011, make plans for an even more fabulous event this year, and most importantly find the perfect volunteer fit to create an amazing experience that will help shelter, feed, and care for families in crisis.

Each year, creative volunteers sign up for A Night of Southern Elegance helping to design a breathtaking gala with Fayette Cares supporters Mahaffey Tent & Party Rental, Pro Show Systems, Moonshine Lighting, Inc. and Twigs-n-Things.

Some will choose to help musical guests pack the dance floor, with cool moves sure to surface to the sounds of Party Planet.  The event band is lead by former lead singer of Kool & the Gang and will perform a wide selection of classic party favorites and current pop hits.

Another team of volunteers will be needed for the hustle and bustle of food preparation and service of a gourmet meal prepared by Chef Edward Nowakowski, Director of Food & Beverage Services at Wilson Conference Center Group and served under the direction of Dr. and Chef Carol Silkes of the University of Memphis Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.

To reserve your seat for the volunteer meeting, call 465-3802. Ext. 221 or email info@fayettecares.org.