Karen and Tony Rose will receive the Mitchell Gold + Bob Willians Legacy Award at ALFA’s Winter Gala on Dec. 6.

HICKORY, N.C. — ALFA will hold its Winter Gala on Dec. 6, 6 p.m., at Cafe Rule, 242 11th Ave. N.E. During the festivities, the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Legacy Award will be presented to Tony and Karen Rose.

The two have been active community members, having served on the boards of ALFA, Boy Scouts of America, United Arts Council, Hickory Community Theatre and the Catawba County Economic Development Council. They have sponsored ALFA events, collaborated on grants and provided personal contributions to help sustain ALFA’s work.

With an education specialist degree, Karen Rose works with Catawba County Schools where she advocates for anti-bullying campaigns. She is also a volunteer with OutRight Youth of Catawba County. Tony Rose has been a supporter of ALFA within Catawba Valley Medical Center’s grant funding and has provided office space for the agency. To provide for treatment for those who are HIV positive, he established Fairgrove Primary Health. They have two children, a son and daughter.

Attendees will be able to enjoy a pre-dinner cash bar, holiday music and a four-course meal.

Minimum contributions of $100 per seat are required. Ticket purchases and information are available online. Reservations are due by Nov. 30.

Sponsorship opportunities are welcome. Email Megg Lail at gettested@alfainfo.org to inquire.

In other news, ALFA’s Dining For Friends event helped to raise $46,000 through host parties, sponsorships, Dining Out for Friends and the finale.

ALFA has also been awarded with funding from Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and the Kenneth K. and Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment. Monies go toward HIV prevention, testing and support services.

The organization is also in need of funds to purchase new technical equipment, including two desktop upgrades, two monitors, as well as tablets for case managers to use during home visits. Target goal is $2,738.

ALFA is also looking for community client family adoptions. Clients, who deal with expenses associated with their healthcare and household requirements, may need assistance in purchasing holiday gifts for their children. Currently, there are 20 children who are in need of gifts. Call Kayla Earley at 828-322-1447, ext. 228 to volunteer.

info: alfainfo.org.

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