Gala to help Hazelwood prison project

The Haywood Helps 2014 Gala Event will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 28. The event is a fundraiser for the Hazlewood prison project.

The gala will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. There will also be a live and silent auction of items donated from local artisans and merchants. 

Tickets to the gala are $100. Attire is business casual. The event will be held at the Laurel Ridge Country Club, located at 49 Cupp Lane in Waynesville.

The old Hazelwood prison is a defunct property on the cusp of reincarnation. A collective of organizations under the umbrella of Haywood Pathways Center — including Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter, The Open Door and Next Step — intends to transform the prison into a homeless shelter, soup kitchen and halfway house. 

While the prison project has given some nearby residents pause, it has also been hailed as valuable to the community. The project recently won $50,000 in a contest sponsored by the home loan company Guaranteed Rate; in addition to the $50,000, TV personality Ty Pennington will assist with the project. 

Haywood Helps is a non-profit organization that brings individuals, the private sector, educators and the faith community together to address issues of poverty.

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