Thanks to the continuous generous support from the Eaton Area Senior Center, the Charlotte Area Recycling Authority (CARA) will once again present an Italian Buffet Fundraiser event on Friday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., which will feature all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, beverages and dessert. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

Special musical guests Copper & Shrift, who are kindly donating their time, are set to perform. Originally formed as a trio for a benefit concert in 2011, Charlotte-based Copper & Shrift has developed a small, but unenthusiastic local following for its acoustic performances of traditional American and Irish tunes. Its shows have benefited Camp Frances, the Charlotte Education Foundation, Charlotte Rotary Club, Eaton Area Senior Center and Relay for Life. These concerts have led to many requests over the years, but the duo keeps playing anyway.

“We think we’re the perfect band to perform for CARA supporters,” said guitarist Lucky Copper, “as most of our songs are recycled.”

CARA’s budget relies heavily on donations, grant monies, and the sale of recyclable materials. Every cent raised will help to ensure that CARA continues to operate. This is extremely important since recycling is an essential service to our community. Recycling conserves natural resources, reduces emissions from manufacturing items out of new materials, saves energy and helps ensure a cleaner future for generations to come.

Tickets for the Italian Buffet Fundraiser are available now. Tickets can be purchased from the Eaton Area Senior Center at 804 S. Cochran Avenue, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the DPW office in City Hall at 111 E. Lawrence Avenue, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the door, the night of the event.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and appreciated. Advertise your business with us while helping our cause. For anyone that would like additional information on sponsorships or any individual participants that are unable to attend the dinner, but would still like to make a financial contribution, please contact Quinn Underwood at or (517) 213-1266.

Everyone can help with recycling, please bring your recyclable materials to CARA if you aren’t already. CARA is located at 201 Hall Street in Charlotte and hours of operation are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Follow us on Facebook for updates and future event information.

Article submitted by the Charlotte Area Recycling