Rock Hill, SC - Panthers fans united Sunday night for a super bowl fundraiser benefiting the Haven Men's Shelter in Rock Hill. This is the shelter's 9th year to host such an event. But with the Panthers in the game this year, they took the excitement to the next level.
From the decorations to the food, Kre8 Events Owner and Executive Chef Rob Masone made sure Panthers pride set the tone at the the shelter’s annual Super Bowl party.
“Behind you you got a sriracha chicken wall. We did a custom built wall tonight with a Panthers wrap on it. So it'a a China Town Chicken Salad we call it,” said Masone, who is also one of the shelter’s board members.
Masone and his staff also served up ramen noodle cups and other fresh eats, all in an effort to give back to a cause he strongly supports and believes in.
“We're all really one bad decision or tragedy away in life from being homeless or being in the situation some of these men find themselves in,” Masone said. “So, you know, if I can give back in any way, I'd like to."
Board Member David Shrum says the money collected through a silent auction and donations at the event will go toward a new facility and additional beds needed to meet a growing demand.
"Our funds we raise 100% support the operations so that were able to give these men a place to stay while they're trying to get themselves back on their feet,” Shrum said.
And what a better way to do that than through the enjoyment of football, especially Panthers football. However, both Shrum and Masone said at the end of the day, it's less about the game and more about the cause.
“Win or lose, we're raising money for these men so they can, you know put their best foot back forward in life,” said Shrum.
The fundraiser covers about 35-40% of the shelter's annual budget. This year's goal was set at around $50,000. The Haven has been assisting homeless men in York County since 2006. Board members say the objective for the future is to continue to grow as a service organization, making a positive effect conquering homelessness in the area.