Growing High Point to host first Let's Grow Gala

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Sep. 20—HIGH POINT — The community is invited to support Growing High Point's first fundraising dinner, the Let's Grow Gala, on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Growing High Point will host the dinner featuring elevated Southern cuisine, including locally sourced produce from Twin Oaks Urban Farm and Sweet Seed Urban Farm, select wines and locally brewed beer.

The gala will benefit Growing High Point's work to transform disadvantaged neighborhoods by developing a resilient local food system that engages the communities it serves through community gardens, urban farms, an apiary/beekeeper apprenticeship program, the Food Hub on Washington Street, and Growdega, a mobile food market, according to Patrick Harman, founder and board chair. The gala will take place outside the home of Harman and his wife, Susan.

"Growing High Point has become more impactful than I could ever have imagined when we began in 2016," Harman said. "With additional community support, we can take our organization to the next level."

Event chair Randy Carda said he envisions the Let's Grow Gala as an opportunity to introduce more people to Growing High Point.

"I'm excited by what we've accomplished in our first years, and I'm really looking forward to letting our broader community know about how we are injecting hope and transforming neighborhoods," Cards said.

Growing High Point began working about five years ago to transform blighted downtown properties into urban gardens and boost under-resourced neighborhoods through community engagement, empowerment and entrepreneurship.

The Lenny Peters Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the first of what is expected to be an annual fundraiser for Growing High Point.

Attendees will follow COVID-19 safety protocols, Growing High Point Executive Director Willa Mays said.

"We strongly encourage vaccinations, masks and appropriate social distancing at this outdoor event," Mays said. "All of our volunteers and staff will make every effort to ensure a safe yet fabulous evening for our guests."

More information, including the menu, is available at GrowingHighPoint.org/Gala or by calling 336-848-1516. Attendees should mail reply cards and checks by Oct. 1 to 710 E. Washington Drive.

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