For Immediate Release: New Orleans Night Raises $220k for Critically Ill Children, Families at Triangle Hospitals

October 28, 2018

New Orleans Night Raises $220k for Critically Ill Children, Families at Triangle Hospitals

Event supports Me Fine Foundation’s mission to provide financial assistance, emotional support

RALEIGH: More than 375 attendees filled the two floors of the City Club in downtown Raleigh last night to raise more than $220,000 for critically ill children and families served by the Me Fine Foundation at the nonprofit’s 2018 Gala. Me Fine’s annual Gala generates nearly 30 percent of the organization’s revenues.

In its 11th year, funding from this year’s Gala, sponsored by Centrifuge Media, will provide financial assistance and emotional support to families with children receiving treatment at WakeMed, UNC, or Duke Children’s Hospitals. Me Fine assists with expenses incurred after a child’s diagnosis which can accumulate throughout the duration of treatment: hospital parking, gas, and meals. Additionally, the organization assists families with ongoing major life expenses where a lack of payment may put a family at risk for eviction, food insecurity, or utility disconnection.

“Our annual Gala ensures that we can meet the constant flow of referrals from our hospital partners to address the individual needs of families in crisis,” said Joey Powell, executive director. “Through the generous outpouring of support from attendees at last night’s event, we will be able to do even more for families today and in the future.”

Dr. Jim Helm of WakeMed Health & Hospitals received the 2018 “Hero For Life” Award, which is Me Fine’s highest honor. The award recognizes those who go above and beyond to help critically ill kids and families in ways that align with Me Fine’s mission. Dr. Benny Joyner, Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and the Clinical Director of the Clinical Skills and Patient Simulation Center at the NC Children’s Hospital, moved the crowd with his first-hand experiences working with children for the majority of his career.

“This year’s event was a powerful testament to our community’s shared values,” said Colleen McGowan, gala Chair and board member. “People recognize the difference that their dollar can make. We’re grateful to all of our sponsors and attendees, as well as all those who invested in the event from afar.”

Changing Lives sponsors included Carolina Wealth Partners, Thompson GMC-Buick, and Blue Water Spa. Sunbelt Rentals supported the event at the Building Communities level. The full list of sponsors can be found at


Me Fine Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring families whose children face a devastating medical crisis are able to receive financial assistance, emotional support and other necessary resources to sustain the loss of income due to the dramatic change in lifestyle while undergoing treatment at Duke, UNC, or WakeMed Children’s Hospitals. For more information, please call (919) 202-0086 or visit