It was truly a night of celebration, as 600 guests filled the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center on March 9 for the 25th Anniversary Gala of Lights.  Led by Gala Co-chairs Diane Honeycutt and Cyndie Mynatt, the 30 committee members, 25 volunteers and NorthEast Foundation Staff transformed the arena into a wonderland to raise over $181,000 for our hospital CHS NorthEast.

The money raised will continue to provide funding for innovative programs, specialized equipment and additional needs like the update to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC upgrade funding was a special request made by Founding and Current Board Member Ann Cannon, an honorary Gala Chair along with her husband Bill Cannon.

Guests were greeted by a snowy entrance as they walked up to the venue.  Once inside guests were able to mingle in several areas including a VIP reception, the silent auction area and the Ice Lounge.  The main ballroom opened at 8 p.m. and attendees were wowed by the transformation.  The program featured information on the 25 years of the Foundation, the presentation of the Lillibridge Outstanding Physician Awards and the live auction before dancing into the night with local musical favorite Too Much Sylvia.

AND THE WINNER IS…Congratulations to Ann Cook who won the $10,000 raffle prize! Ann stopped by the NorthEast Foundation office after work one day and purchased her winning ticket.  Ann is a CHS NorthEast Teammate who was not in attendance at the gala, so the NorthEast Foundation staff, with the help of CHS President Phyllis Wingate, had the pleasure of surprising Ann with the news the following Monday!

A special thank you to board member Dean Wike who sold the most raffle tickets for the Gala.

Old Hollywood: Red Carpet Gala Raises Over $104,000

for NorthEast Foundation and CHS NorthEast

The NorthEast Foundation’s 24th annual black-tie event – Old Hollywood: Red Carpet Gala was another successful event, as we celebrated the golden age of Hollywood with the elegance and class of the leading ladies and men.  The gala raised over $104,000 for the NorthEast Foundation that provides funding for innovative programs, specialized equipment and additional needs for CHS NorthEast to fulfill its mission to Improve Health, Elevate Hope and Advance Healing for all.

This black-tie affair benefiting our hospital, Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, was held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center.  The event was attended by over 450 community members and included a live and silent auction, the presentation of the Lillibridge Outstanding Physician Award and live music at the end of the evening.

The highlight of the evening was the Lillibridge Outstanding Physician Award that was presented to Dr. Robert Mitchell. The award honors a physician who works and gives of their time, talent and treasures to CHS NorthEast at the highest standard. Dr. Mitchell has been with CHS NorthEast for 30 years and currently serves as Medical Director of NorthEast Neurology and Associate Medical Director of Carolinas HealthCare System Neurosciences Institute.

Interested in learning more about our special events and sponsorship opportunities?  Please contact NorthEast Foundation at 704-403-1369 or

Watch this great video that kicked off our Red Carpet Gala – Old Hollywood Style.

Congratulations to our 2018 Lillibridge Outstanding Physician!