Pay It Forward FAQs

We are so excited you want to learn more about the Pay It Forward! It all started in Jill and Eric Wolford’s backyard in 2001 with a BBQ, red bucket, and generous group of individuals. The Wolfords asked for partygoers to contribute how much they would pay for a burger and place it into a red bucket. The funds collected, $724, were given to LuAnne Goodwin, a single mother with terminal breast cancer, to help pay for medications and other living expenses. LuAnne’s courage and perseverance sparked the creation of the Caring Community Foundation and the continuation of the annual Pay It Forward Party.


Where is Pay It Forward going to be this year?

The 2017 Pay It Forward will be hosted at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. Click here for directions.


What time does the Pay It Forward Fundraising Party start?

The Pay it Forward Fundraising Party will start at 6:30 pm. and end at 11:30 p.m. this year. If you choose to purchase a ticket to the Pre-Event, the champagne reception will start at 6:00 p.m. The program begins roughly around 8:00 p.m. and will go until 9:30 PM and includes words from our Guest Speaker along with the outstanding entertainment from our Auctioneer, Ben Farrell.


Is there live music at this year’s event?

Yes, we are excited to have Suicide Blonde perform at this year’s event. Suicide Blonde is truly the ultimate '80s experience. The band includes musicians Greg Uselman, Jim O'Keefe, Dustin Askew, Grant Scheuring and Warren Sumner. They have been rockin' all the great hits of the 80's around Raleigh, Eastern NC, the Triad and Triangle.... and beyond.


What should I wear?

The dress code for Pay It Forward is Cocktail Casual. Men can wear dark suits (with or without a tie), dress pants with dress shirts, and even a nice pair of jeans with a sport coat or jacket. Women can wear knee-length skirts or dress pants or jeans with a nice sweater or blouse, or go for the classic LBD. Whatever you choose to wear, please feel comfortable and enjoy yourself!


Where do I park? Is there free parking?

There is a large parking lot off Lassiter Mill Road that you may use, or you can easily access the underground parking garage at the entrance to North Hills. Additionally, the Renaissance provides valet parking. While parking on the side lot or in the parking deck are free, there is an $8 fee to valet your car.


What is the difference between a Pre-Event Ticket and an Event Ticket?

The Pre-Event Ticket allows you to enter the event early, bypass the busy check-in area, enjoy a champagne reception and interact with The Caring Community Foundation’s Founders and Board members. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS


Are there sponsorship available?

We do have sponsorships available, ranging from $500 — $15,000. Sponsorships include tickets to the event, the pre-event champagne reception, recognition in event materials, and reserved seating for some sponsorship levels. If you or anyone you know is interested in being a Pay It Forward sponsor, you can download our Sponsorship Packet or contact Maria Hernandez, CCF Executive Director, at for more information.


When do online ticket sales end?

Online ticket sales will end on Friday, September 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Event tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $100 instead of $75. Make sure you purchase tickets in advance! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS


Do volunteers have to pay to get into the event?

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year so we encourage all to participate by buying a PIF ticket at $75 each. However, if you are volunteering for only an hour or two and will not be partaking of food and drink, there is no cost to be a volunteer.


Are drinks included in my ticket price?  What type of drinks will be provided?

You can enjoy wine, beer, and nonalcoholic beverages.  All drinks are included in the price of your ticket. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS  


Will dinner be provided?

Dinner will not be served in a seated format; however, there is seating available to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and food from our buffet. Although the food provided is plentiful, it may not take place of a full meal.


How will I bid on items at Pay It Forward?

We are using ReadySetAuction for this year’s Silent Auction and ticket sales. You can place bids on silent auction items from the luxury of your phone/tablet while engaging in the program of the event. You can even set max bid limits and the program will bid on your behalf up to the desired amount when you are outbid. If individuals are unable to attend the event, they can still participate in the online silent auction through the use of their phones/tablets. The program is compatible with all phone carriers. Don’t forget to bring your charged phone with you! *Standard carrier data charges apply*


What if I need help with mobile bidding?

There will be trained volunteers and staff available onsite to answer any questions you may have and to assist with any troubleshooting concerns. When checking into the event, there will be someone there to ensure you are registered correctly.


Can I see the packages in the Silent Auction and Live Auction?

The Silent and Live Auction packages will be available for viewing and mobile bidding on Saturday, September 9th. That will give you one whole week to preview items and packages and plan your bids. There may be packages you want to go in on with friends, so check everything out! More details will be available closer to the event.


Can I use donor advised funds for the open bid?

Yes, you can use donor advised funds for the open bid. Please make sure you notify staff at check-out that you will be using donor advised funds for open bid payment. For more information regarding donor advised funds, please email


Will there be raffle items?

Yes, there will be raffle items! And we’re bringing the Bling Ring back again. In addition, we will have a Kendra Scott Raffle this year. We’ll share more information about the raffle prizes as the event gets closer. You’ll be able to purchase tickets and rings the night of the event.


I have something to donate, what do I need to do?

We welcome any and all donations, but we ask that items be in new condition. You may contact Doug Hardy, Acquisitions Chair at or Robin Foster, event coordinator at for more information or to arrange pick up or delivery of your item(s).


We hope you’ll join us and bring your friends! Purchase your tickets or sponsorships today!