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Night for Nonprofits: Food, Fun, and Community Service

night-nonprofitsThe Night for Nonprofits returns to the Powerhouse on Thursday, August 17 for the second year and this time it promises to grant even more money to local organizations than it did last year. 
The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT) created the Night for Nonprofit in 2016 with two goals in mind. The first goal was to grant money to local community and municipal organizations, and the second goal was to spotlight the work that these organizations accomplish in Oxford and Lafayette County. 
Last year LOFT granted over $17,000 to 12 local nonprofits. This year the group is set to break its own record by donating over $30,000 to 18 community and municipal organizations. This money will be awarded in the form of five $5,000 grants in the five areas that LOFT supports: arts and culture, civic, educational, health and human services, and municipal; one $2,500 Crowd Favorite award, and smaller grants to help fund projects at each organization represented at the event. 
Each ticket to the event provides entrance to the event, one voting ticket for Crowd Favorite, and access to the culinary tasting table. The event begins at 6 pm with a social hour during which guests will have the opportunity to sample from the tasting table and meet with any and all 18 represented nonprofits about the work they do in the community. Guests will also use their Crowd Favorite voting ticket during this time to vote for the nonprofit they wish to win the $2,500 Crowd Favorite Award. 
The culinary tasting table is sponsored by local restaurants who donated their time and efforts to help make the night a success. Food for the event has been provided by Bacchus, Beagle Bagel, Chicken Salad Chick, Coyote Blues, McAllister’s, My Michelle’s, Party Waitin’ to Happen, Proud Larry’s, and Saint Leo. 
The second part of the night will begin at 7 pm with the grant awards. LOFT will award all five $5,000 grants, the Crowd Favorite Award, and the smaller monetary gifts during the second part of the night. 
Nonprofits represented at the event: 
Camp Lake Stephens
Della Davidson Elementary PTO
Dignity Period
Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio
Holding Hands Resale Shop
Interfaith Compassion Ministry
Lafayette County Fire Department
Leisure Lifestyles of Oxford 
LOU Excel by 5
Oxford Community Market 
Oxford Film Festival
Oxford Police Department
Oxford Park Commission
The University of Mississippi Museum
VOX Press
Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
For more information on the Night for Nonprofits visit here, to purchase a ticket in advance for $10 visit here

Amy Goodin is a writer for HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at argoodin12@gmail.com.
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