Shelter Guests’ Birdhouses Help Raise Funds at Pass the Plate

Rowan Helping Ministries’ 30th anniversary activities ended on a high note last month when its signature fundraiser generated the most donations ever to support programs that help our neighbors in need.

On April 22, “Pass the Plate” returned to Catawba College’s Peeler Crystal Lounge, the venue where it started, and raised more than $90,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, casino games, a trip raffle, and a silent auction.

One of the most popular areas was the display of birdhouses made by shelter guests at Rowan Helping Ministries.  This year, seven shelter guests participated in the annual project and bids on their birdhouses generated nearly $1,000 in proceeds.  This year’s display featured posters of shelter guests holding their birdhouses with comments on what they hoped their homes would look like once they moved out of the homeless shelter and into stable housing.

Rowan Helping Ministries is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2018 Pass the Plate Planning Committee.  Those interested should call Kris Mueller, Director of Resource Development, at 704-637-6838, ext. 103.  Planning will begin in September.

We extend grateful appreciation to this year’s planning committee:  Teresa Patterson, chair, Karla Foster, co-chair,  Judy Banish, Martha Bostian, Christy Cline, Sue Fisher, Susanna Hollingsworth, Dianne Scott, and Tracy Smith.


Thank you to our 2017 event sponsors:


Food Lion


Carolina Color

Alice & Fred Stanback


Missie & Greg Alcorn

Vernon Bennett

Catawba College

Cloninger Ford-Toyota-Scion

Wivianny & Ryan Dehaas

F&M Bank

Lefler Electronics Inc.

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center

Susan & Hayes Smith

Tracy & Kenan Smith

The Robert Steele Family

Thrivent Financial Piedmont Regional Team

Trinity Oaks

Mona Lisa & Lee Wallace Foundation

Lynn & Paul Weisler

Wells Fargo

Woodforest National Bank


Agility Fuel Solutions

Rachel & Charles Bernheim

Lynn & Robert Bertram

Debbie & Summie Carter

Carolina Office Systems

Central Carolina Insurance Agency

Christy & Wink Cline

J.H. Cook & Sons LLC

Sarah & Bob Cook

James A. Davis - Davis Law Firm

Allison & Mark Doby

Lina & Steve Drinkard

Sue & Paul Fisher

Carrol Fisher Construction Co./Luke Fisher

Bethany & Don Fortner

Shari & Bill Graham

Diane Hundley

David B. Jordan

Lion’s Share Federal Credit Union

Mecklenburg Radiology Associates

Tina & Vance Merhoff

Ellen & Tim Messinger

Betty & Bud Mickle

Susan & Edward Norvell

Elizabeth & Owen Norvell

David Post

Patsy Rendleman

Jane & Mark Ritchie

Clarissa & Tom Robinson

Shamsa Saleem

Nancy & Bill Stanback

The Memory Bank

Walser Technology Group

Vickie & Victor Wallace


Ameriprise Financial - Stephen Kidd

Lyn & Jeff Beaver

Kathleen S Boyd, DDS PA

Melissa & Paul Brown

Century 21 Towne & Country - Karla Foster

Crescent Construction Services, LLC  

Pam & Keith Cunningham

Kim & Greg Edds

Lillian Gascoigne

Emily & Wes Graham

The Lettered Lily

Maria & Chad Lowder

Cheryl & Rick Marsh

David J. Mayberry, DDS, PA

Anna & Robby Moorefield