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Truliant Employee Takes the Lead to Benefit Bethesda Center

Truliant Employee Takes the Lead to Benefit Bethesda Center

Release date: 3/28/2012

Winston-Salem, N.C. (March 29, 2012) – Truliant Federal Credit Union’s Cristen Fletcher will dance in front of hundreds of people at the 3rd Annual Take the Lead Winston-Salem competition, a Dancing with the Stars-type format, on Thursday, April 12 at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Proceeds from this popular event will benefit the Bethesda Center for the Homeless.

When asked to dance for Take the Lead, Fletcher stated, “I truly enjoy volunteering and giving back to the community. So what better way to raise money, than dancing for the Bethesda Center?”

This is the third year for Take the Lead Winston-Salem, a community-wide dance competition featuring some of the city’s shining stars who will team up with professional dancers with the goal of raising $185,000 for the homeless. Fletcher and dance partner Benji Starcher are currently putting in hours of practice out of her admiration for the Bethesda Center for the Homeless. In addition to providing a night shelter for hundreds of people, many of whom are veterans, the organization provides the only day shelter in the region as well as recently starting a women's shelter. Bethesda’s social programs have successfully moved many homeless people into permanent housing.

Competition winners are determined not by the routine, but by the number of ‘votes’ acquired through the April 12 competition. Each vote includes a $10 tax deductible donation, and there are no limits on the number of times an individual can vote. Votes can be cast by visiting or by mailing a check, payable to the shelter, for as many votes as you’d like to the Bethesda Center for the Homeless, 930 N. Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

“With just one vote, we can help feed and shelter someone for an entire day, so anything I can do to help people in the community get back on their feet, I will,” said Fletcher. Tickets to the Benton Convention Center finale event are $35 and reserved tables are available by contacting the Bethesda Center for the Homeless.

About Bethesda Center for the Homeless

Bethesda Center for the Homeless is the largest shelter for men and women in Forsyth County. Bethesda served more than 800 of the community’s homeless during 2011, and has assisted almost 300 men and women in moving from shelters into their own housing during the last four years.