Gala celebrates graduates of STRIVE program tonight

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A gala will mark a new start for those who have struggled in the past.

The Life of NC gala celebrates the graduates of the STRIVE program, which helps people with difficult or criminal backgrounds or criminals develop financial independence, find jobs and get reintegrated into society.

The event will highlight the success stories of those who have been transformed by the STRIVE program. In the program's history, leaders say they have seen 2,800 people turn their lives around.

The evening will include graduates and Employee of the Year Awards, a dinner and information on additional opportunities.

WITN's own Meteorologist Phillip Williams will emcee the event.

The gala is being held at the Hilton in Greenville on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available here.

If you cannot attend, donations are welcome.