Generosity is measured in many ways in the Charlotte community. So many in the community give of their time and talents to ensure those in need receive shelter, receive food, or any other number of basic needs. People and organizations are also generous financially, making sure our local non-profits have the funding to serve the people in the community that count on their services.

Organizers are once again counting on generosity in all its forms to rise to the surface Thursday, March 21 for the annual Generosity Celebration. The event, which has raised more than $70,000 in its seven years of existence, serves as the main fundraising mechanism for the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowment fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation.

The fund’s sole purpose is to provide funds for non-profit organizations that work collaboratively with other organizations in an effort to positively affect one of the Seven Elements of a Healthy Community — Arts & Culture; Basic Needs; Health & Wellness; Education; Economy; Neighborhoods & Communities; and Environment.

Grant money is awarded annually — up to three per year — from interest generated by the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowed fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation. 

The eighth annual event takes place once again at the Eaton Area Senior Center. Guests will enjoy hot hors d’ oeuvres, live music from Windwalker Underground Gallery musicians.

Collaboration and generosity are a common theme of the event itself. Several local businesses and organizations also donate to the event, meaning nearly 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the generosity fund. Local non-profits will have the opportunity to participate in a game in an effort to win a gift basket.

The 4th annual Living a Generous Life award will be presented at the event as well.

The eighth annual Generosity Celebration will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eaton Area Senior Center, located at 804 S. Cochran Avenue in Charlotte. Tickets are available at The County Journal, the Eaton Area Senior Center and Windwalker Underground Gallery.

For more information, call (517) 588-1244.