Community comes together at The Sunday Supper

Thousands gathered in downtown Raleigh to raise funds for Hurricane Matthew victims in the east

Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh is filled with people attending the Sunday Supper on November 13, 2016. The event was held to raise money for communities in Eastern North Carolina that were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. (Madeline Gray / North State Journal)

RALEIGH — Over a thousand people gathered in downtown Raleigh on Sunday to raise funds for their neighbors in Eastern N.C. affected by hurricane Matthew at The Sunday Supper. The table was set down Fayetteville Street in the center of town as the community gathered to hear prayers, music, and speeches from various leaders.

“While eastern North Carolina has experienced devastation, Hurricane Matthew has taken it to a new level,” said Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy. “However, we have been the recipients of the best of humanity. The Sunday Supper is but one example of the kindness North Carolinians have displayed to those of us in need. This is about communities coming together to support communities.”Volunteers calculated the total raised as the event came to a close at 4:00 p.m. and the donations received were at almost $100,000. The money raised will go to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew (a tax-deductible 501c3) to support recovery efforts in Eastern North Carolina communities and will be administered by the United Way of North Carolina.

“We cannot thank our corporate sponsors, our partners and our community enough for their time, dedication and support of such an important mission. Although the Sunday Supper is over, the need for assistance will continue,” said Eckel & Vaughan partner Albert Eckel. “Our neighbors’ efforts to rebuild and recover have only just begun. Eckel & Vaughan and Kohn Associates are humbled to be part of this mission. We encourage everyone else to get involved and give within their means—time, talent or otherwise.”

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