Altrusa has been known around Waynesville to engage in a multitude of charity events, from collecting supplies for troops to awarding out scholarships to students in the area.
This year due to the pandemic, Altrusa’s annual Soup and Cornbread fundraiser was changed to a virtual event. This did not stop the success of the event and Altrusa was able to raise over $18,000.
“The virtual event exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Robbin Brophy.
Members of the Altrusa club reached out to previous sponsors and instead of being able to offer press releases, flyers, advertising and tickets to the event this year as usual Altusa could only offer recognition in local publications, their website, and social media. Despite this and the effects of the pandemic many local businesses still contributed similar amounts as they had in previous years.
The funds from this fundraiser are allocated to supporting students of Haywood County through a variety of scholarships. In the past, Altrusa has awarded $209,000 in scholarships to deserving students in pursuit of higher education. Students who have previously received scholarships can renew their scholarship’s through the annual renewal program.
“This year we felt the need of Haywood County students is prevalent and that despite the pandemic, they will still graduate and higher education goals will continue to be sought after so it was our goal through this fundraiser to be able to provide scholarships this spring,” said Robbin Brophy.
Despite everything that is going on in the world right now and not being able to hold an event to feed people, facilitate camaraderie in the community and fundraise, Altrusa was still able to bring the community together to fundraise scholarships for local students in Haywood county.
Altrusa remains optimistic that in January 2022 the event will be able to be held in person and the community will be able to come together again over soup and cornbread.