KiteTales: Stories that Soar raises more than $52,000 for youth aging out of foster care in Charlotte.
6-7:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30-9 p.m. Dinner, Stories and Auction
Proceeds benefit YVLifeSet and youth aging out of foster care in Charlotte.
Valet Parking Available
Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Language of Flowers, Her debut novel about a girl growing up in and aging out of foster care, was translated into more than forty languages and spent sixty-nine weeks on The New York Times best-sellers list. A mother of four, she lives with her husband in Monterey, California. In addition to being a writer, Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a passionate foster care advocate and sits on the board of Youth Villages, where she supports their mission to radically improve outcomes for America’s most vulnerable children and families.
Eugene W. (“Gene”) Cochrane, Jr. is president emeritus of The Duke Endowment. Mr. Cochrane served as the Endowment’s president from 2005 to 2016 and previously served as director of the health care, director of higher education and as executive vice president. Mr. Cochrane worked as a hospital administrator for eight years prior to joining The Duke Endowment in 1980. He is a graduate of Erskine College, Appalachian State University, and the Hospital Residency Program of Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center). The Duke Endowment, a private foundation based in Charlotte, was established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke. Through its four program areas — child care, health care, higher education and rural churches — it distributes more than $150 million in grants annually to organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Since 1999, YVLifeSet has helped more than 7,500 young people aging out of state custody or other care arrangements successfully transition to independence. Participation in the YVLifeSet program is voluntary. Specially trained YVLifeSet specialists meet with YVLifeSet participants at least once a week—and more often when needed—in community settings, including their homes, at school or on the job, at a doctor’s office or wherever is most convenient for the young person. Specialists are available 24/7 to help the young adult. Young people typically participate in the program for six to 12 months, based on individual needs