President Frank Dowd said that the success of the event is the product of the Good Fellows Club and Good Friends Club, the Fellows' all-female counterpart, hard work to encourage younger members to join them.
Seeded in 1917, Good Fellows is now a club of over 1,700 business and civic leaders. It started in a men's Sunday school class at Second Presbyterian Church, which later on evolved into a charity raising millions to assist the working poor.
Most of the money collected from the luncheon ($288,045) will pay the rent and mortgages of families who are facing eviction. Roughly $50,000 was spent to keep the power on for families.
Prominent community members like Governor Pat McCrory, Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe and Duke Energy Chairman Jim Rogers attended the luncheon. Business owners and civic leaders like Lee Olive of Olive Law Firm, a personal injury firm in Charlotte, also joined the charity event.
"This is a good charity. It extends a helping hand to those who really need it," Olive said.
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