Gift of Adoption Launches Carolinas Chapter
New chapter helps national charitable organization connect more
Carolina families with funding needed to bring their children home

CHARLOTTE – May 14, 2012 – Gift of Adoption, a national charitable organization providing financial assistance to complete both domestic and international adoptions, has launched a new chapter in the Carolinas.  Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Carolinas Chapter marks Gift of Adoption’s seventh regional chapter.  The new chapter reflects Gift of Adoption’s mission to better serve the Carolina communities and connect more families in North and South Carolina with the funding needed to bring their children home.

The new chapter kicked off its efforts with a launch celebration at the Myers Park Country Club on May 10, 2012.  At the event, Charlotte residents and Carolinas Chapter board members Jason Cipriani, Muhsin Muhammad II and Eric Welsh joined Board President Greg Ewald in sharing Gift of Adoption’s mission and impact the organization will have on the Carolina communities.  A fundraiser and auction also took place raising nearly $40,000.  One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to fund adoption grants, thereby reaching more children in need.

“We are thrilled about the success of the Carolinas Chapter launch and humbled by the generosity of our friends in the community,” said Gift of Adoption Carolinas Chapter Board President Greg Ewald.  “With the funding raised at the launch event we can complete the adoption of up to 10 children in the Carolinas – creating a real and lasting impact on their lives.”

The role of the regional chapter is to assist with raising funds to support local adoption grants and raise awareness on Gift of Adoption in communities across the Carolinas.  Over the past ten years, Gift of Adoption has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to unite nearly 50 children with families in the Carolinas.  The Carolinas Chapter is the seventh regional chapter Gift of Adoption has launched since its inception in 1996 and joins successful chapters currently operating in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and Wisconsin.

“The goal of the Carolinas Chapter is to help to make more adoptions possible,” said board member Muhsin Muhammad II.  “The success of the launch event demonstrates the strong commitment we have to serving families and children in need across the Carolinas.”  Both Muhammad and his daughter, Journey, spoke at the Launch Party about their experience with adoption and the profound benefits each have received as a result. 

Gift of Adoption awards grants of up to $7,500 to provide families – regardless of race, religion, age or marital status – the financial support needed to bring their children home.  Since 1996, Gift of Adoption has awarded more than $2.80 million in grants to unite more than 950 children with permanent families.

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