The Conway Human Development Center's Volunteer Council is sponsoring a benevolence dinner later this month to aid the center's staff members and their families.

The inaugural event will begin at 6 p.m. June 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Amity Road.

Melissa Boyce, who works in volunteer services at CHDC, said a benevolence fund is currently in place at the center for employees who find themselves in a financial crisis or facing a family emergency and need extra assistance. This event will help feed that fund so that there are monies in place to help employees facing hardships.

"The benevolence fund has been active for many years and has helped hundreds of employees in their time of need," she said. "This fund if vital to assist our CHDC employees that are ill, have ill family and/or staff that may be suffering from a life changing or catastrophic event. We have wonderful employees and of course without these amazing people, our residents wouldn't have the level of care, attention, love and dedication they receive, so please join us in hopefully what will become the first of many annual Benevolence Benefit Dinners."

Proceeds from the June 23 dinner will directly benefit staff members and their families who have found themselves in a time of need.

CHDC Superintendent Sarah Murphy said she is thankful for the work the volunteer council puts in toward supporting the center's staff and encourages Faulkner County residents to attend the inaugural CHDC Benevolence Dinner.

"The CHDC Volunteer Council does an amazing job fundraising and putting on events that raise awareness of CHDC and the wonderful residents we serve," Murphy said. "The council also hosts fundraisers to support the benevolence for CHDC employees who experience catastrophic events. We are thankful for the community volunteers that are supporting this benevolence dinner that will raise funds to assist employees undergoing catastrophic events."

Tickets to the semi-formal event can be purchased for $100 per person or at a group rate of $700 per table, which seats eight. Guests can choose between a salmon or rib eye steak dinner plate.

There will also be a silent auction available to attendees at the event.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Boyce at 501-329-6851, ext. 370, or by stopping by Julie's Sweet Shoppe and Bakery.