• Zoe Engels

Donate Life North Carolina Gets to the ‘heART of the Matter’ with Organ Donation Advocacy Event

Written by Zoe Engels, Blog Contributor


Donate Life North Carolina is hosting their Gift of Life Gala in Cary, NC, on April 21st. Punningly titled “heART of the Matter,” the event will feature an auction of original heart-inspired artwork. The name and theme of the event are an ode to the 15th anniversary of the Heart Prevails legislation. Signed into law by former NC Governor Mike Easley in October of 2007, this legislation has helped make one facet of the organ donation process more transparent and easier to understand by instating the driver’s license heart as an official symbol and legal designation for organ donation.

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heART of the Matter attendees can arrive at the event between 6-7 p.m. to mingle and network during an intimate cocktail hour. Every participant will get two drink tickets for beer, wine, or soda. The silent auction for original heart-inspired artwork will be open alongside a luxury raffle.

“Our artists come from around the world and have created pieces featuring the themes of the heart, hope, and life,” Deanna Kerrigan, Donate Life NC’s Executive Director, said in an email. “We chose to highlight art because we believe that the gift of life is something that is profoundly emotional and beautiful and sometimes art is the best way to express ideas that go beyond words.”

Attend and have the opportunity to win art like the piece above!


Then, at 7 p.m., the dining room will open for attendees to find their assigned tables. There will be some opening remarks, dinner, entertainment, and awards alongside a “personal story with a giving moment,” Kerrigan added.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, heART of the Matter is Donate Life NC’s first major live event since 2020.

“We are thrilled to be back IRL again!” Kerrigan said. “We are hoping this is the start of some amazing programs across our state. As always, we are watching the health trends and are mindful of both our supporters and our team.”

Attendance at this year’s event will be capped due to the ongoing pandemic. And, although tickets are limited, some are still available. Those who cannot participate in the evening can still purchase raffle tickets and/or make contributions.

If you’re a student and are interested in getting involved in organ donation advocacy and education and in collaborating with a local organ donation organization like Donate Life NC, host an event or start a SODA chapter! To get started, visit our Students webpage.



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