Unique Arbor Acres Benefit Raises $22,000 for Crisis Control Ministry

Unique Arbor Acres Benefit Raises $22,000 for Crisis Control Ministry to Fight Food Insecurity

Residents at Arbor Acres raised $22,000 for Crisis Control Ministry last month to help fight food insecurity in Forsyth County, and they did it in a unique way.    For the past four years, the Resident’s Council at Arbor Acres has designated February as Hunger Awareness Month, raising money with what has become a signature annual fundraiser around the theme “Feeding Forsyth: The Hunger Challenge.” Residents sell tickets to a “Restaurant Crawl Dinner” that features food tastings provided by local restaurants and caterers. A raffle following the dinner includes gift certificates from area restaurants and gifts donated by local merchants. This year, more than 35 local businesses participated.   “We started this event a few years

For the past four years, the Resident’s Council at Arbor Acres has designated February as Hunger Awareness Month, raising money with what has become a signature annual fundraiser around the theme “Feeding Forsyth: The Hunger Challenge.” Residents sell tickets to a “Restaurant Crawl Dinner” that features food tastings provided by local restaurants and caterers. A raffle following the dinner includes gift certificates from area restaurants and gifts donated by local merchants. This year, more than 35 local businesses participated.   “We started this event a few years

“We started this event a few years ago, because we kept hearing Forsyth County has 60,000 people who are food insecure and a third of them are children who have trouble learning and living because they are hungry,” says Dr. Bill Sayers, chair of the Restaurant Crawl and a member of the Resident Council. “We felt powerless to make an impact on the problem individually but realized that together, we could do a lot.”   And they have. Since the inaugural event in 2014, Arbor Acres has donated more than $80,000 to Crisis Control Ministry to combat hunger in the county.   The event involves not just residents, but

And they have. Since the inaugural event in 2014, Arbor Acres has donated more than $80,000 to Crisis Control Ministry to combat hunger in the county.   The event involves not just residents, but

The event involves not just residents, but staff, too, who help set up, serve food and clean up. It brings the Arbor Acres campus together for a shared cause. Organizing this event takes hours of planning and implementation.

“This event is a labor of love. It takes a dedicated team to ensure its success,” Sayers says. “In the end, it’s worth every minute, knowing how many people in our community we are helping.”