Friday, October 4, 2013

Charlotte bankers help raise $300,000 for local organizations

A fundraising event attended by Charlotte’s financial services community Thursday night generated roughly $300,000 for area organizations, about $100,000 more than last year and $50,000 over goal, officials said.

The Banking On Our Community event, which is in its second year, was held at the Mint Museum in uptown. Through sponsoring companies and ticket sales to people who work in the area’s financial services sector, money was raised for five organizations: Autism Foundation of the Carolinas, Charlotte Bridge Home, the Mint Museum, John Crosland School and United Way of Central Carolinas.

A paddle raise and live auction during the event also generated funds.

Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp were the presenting sponsors for the event.

Carlos Evans, a Charlotte-based Wells Fargo executive who heads commercial banking for its Eastern operation, was honored at the event. Evans sits on the board of Queens University of Charlotte and is chairman of the boards of the Spoleto Festival USA and Medical University of South Carolina Foundation.