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Published on January 17th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


NBC’s Craig Melvin to MC Family Promise of the Midlands Gala

(COLUMBIA)— NBC Today Show news anchor Craig Melvin will be coming home in March to serve as master of ceremonies for a gala fundraiser to benefit Family Promise of the Midlands, a coalition of 30 Midlands churches who help families experiencing homelessness.

Night of Promise will be Saturday, March 23, at Stone River in West Columbia, just across the Gervais Street Bridge from downtown Columbia.

Melvin, a Columbia native and former anchor at WIS, has brought attention to the issue of homelessness through his reporting, including a primetime special earlier this year on MSNBC. Melvin agreed to emcee this year’s gala to help raise awareness of the organization’s specific focus on helping homeless families with children.

“We believe every child deserves a home, and this gala will help us raise the funds we need to keep families together and safe while they get back on their feet,” said Bonnie Montgomery, board chair.

The gala will feature hors d’oeuvres, an open beer and wine bar, music, dancing, and a silent auction, including vacations, custom-made jewelry, artwork, furniture, household supplies, and gift cards to a variety of local businesses.

Businesses and individuals are invited to become sponsors of the event. Table sponsorships are $1,000. Individual tickets are $85 per person. Sponsorship and ticket information is available via the organization’s website,

Family Promise is a national organization with more than 200 local affiliates, including Family Promise of the Midlands, with 30 Midlands host and support congregations:

  • Ashland United Methodist
  • Bethel United Methodist
  • Blythewood Presbyterian
  • Christ the King Lutheran
  • Church of the Cross Episcopal
  • Eastminster Presbyterian
  • Ebenezer Lutheran
  • Forest Lake Presbyterian
  • Francis Burns United Methodist
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran
  • Greenlawn Baptist
  • Living Springs Lutheran
  • McGregor Presbyterian
  • Mt. Hebron United Methodist
  • Northminster Presbyterian
  • Pine Grove AME
  • Redeemer Lutheran
  • Seven Oaks Presbyterian
  • Shandon Presbyterian
  • Shandon United Methodist
  • St. Andrews Baptist
  • Saint Andrews Lutheran
  • St. John’s Episcopal
  • St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal
  • Saint Mary’s Episcopal
  • Trenholm Road United Methodist
  • Trinity Presbyterian
  • Trinity United Methodist, Blythewood
  • Virginia Wingard United Methodist
  • Westminster Presbyterian

These churches provide safe shelter and meals for situationally homeless families and their children as a director and licensed social worker provide the support guest families need to regain and maintain their independence.

In its first four years, Family Promise has helped 175 children and their parents/guardians and has assisted an additional 1,566 people by helping them remain in their homes or by guiding them to appropriate services.

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