MATTHEWS – Matthews Alive organizers distributed $119,515 to over 40 nonprofits on October 24 to revive the Labor Day Festival after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.
“No one is taking donations or freebies here,” said former mayor and board member Jim Taylor at the town’s commissioners’ meeting. “They work thousands of hours. ”
Taylor Authorized Event Sponsor Novant Health, Executive Director Lee Anne Moore, and Board Members Lori Bagley, Steve Cash, Dennis Green, Amanda Howard, Carol Lawrence, Bryan Lee, Chris Melton, Tyler Price, Eileen Schleier, Tina Whitley.
said Jason Bernd, president of Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. “It is an absolute privilege for us to be able to serve as your community hospital and take care of your neighbors, friends and family.”
This year’s festival also helped Matthews Alive surpass the $2 million milestone of giving back to the community.
Mayor John Higdon thanked the organizers for their work, adding that this year’s event drew large crowds and smiles from people of all ages.