Our county's hospitality industry has been especially hard hit by restrictions enacted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

GastonCares is a philanthropic effort to provide assistance for the furloughed front line staff of local hotels, attractions, restaurants, retailers and event venues among others.

As these businesses work to overcome many operational challenges, GastonCares will keep you informed of initiatives that you can participate in to help improve the current situation for displaced hospitality workers.

Thank you for your support!

The purpose of the Gaston Sports & Travel Alliance is to increase Gaston County citizens’ exposure to health & wellness as well as arts & cultural opportunities by hosting multi-day, participatory sports, business and entertainment events, which benefit our local hospitality employers and provide immersive educational experiences for our residents.

The Gaston Sports & Travel Alliance is hosting a fundraiser to support #GastoNCares initiatives. All proceeds will go toward various #GastonCares efforts, including: Muddy River Distillery hand sanitizer production, Riverside Marina “Kayak for COVID-19” food bank donations and Barrister’s at the Esquire Hotel Barbeque Benefit providing meal vouchers to the hospitality industry’s unemployed, among others.

Each donation will receive a Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Qualifier T-Shirt.

Name your price! Minimum $1.00 donation (Limit one t-shirt per donation.

  1. Click Donate to support #GastoNCares

  2. Send email with your name and shirt size

The Gaston County Family YMCA has focused on feeding children and seniors in the Mount Holly and Belmont area and are currently working to expand past eastern Gaston County. The program has currently provided over 2,500 lunches for those in need.

If you would like to assist in their mission, please click the donate link to offer your support.

The Downtown Belmont Development Association (DBDA), a non-profit 501(c)(3), in an effort to support our local small businesses in the wake of COVID-19 business closures has initiated a relief fund for our downtown Belmont businesses.  These funds will be managed by the DBDA and distributed with coordination and input from the City of Belmont's Downtown Director to ensure maximum impact.

Join the DBDA in relief efforts to sustain and support our Downtown Belmont Small Businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muddy River Distillery announced it will make hand sanitizer to supply healthcare and first responders in Belmont, N.C. and Gaston County. Since Muddy River has temporarily closed distillery tours, production of sanitizer is a new priority. On Friday, Muddy River donated 95 gallons of hand sanitizer to CaroMont Health. 

Additionally, during the month of April, Muddy River Distillery plans to produce and donate over 300 gallons of hand sanitizer for use by CaroMont Health, first responders and nonprofits in Belmont and Gaston County. Home improvement retailer Lowe's is stepping up to offset additional operating costs for the distillery, allowing the initial 300 gallons of hand sanitizer to be made and donated to these heroes of our community.


"Right now we're just focused on making and donating the needed hand sanitizer to our healthcare providers at CaroMont Health and first responders here in Gaston County. It's great to even be able to help right now," said Robbie Delaney, co-owner of Muddy River Distillery.

"We're happy that Muddy River can do our part in responding to the coronvirus pandemic in our local area and thankful that Lowe's wanted to step in to ensure our small business could do this without worrying about additional operating expenses to do the right thing," said Caroline Delaney, co-owner of Muddy River Distillery.

The distillery is asking organization's in the area to visit MuddyRiverDistillery.com and submit a request. Muddy River is also looking for access to various container sizes for distribution and will only be able to provide hand sanitizer to organizations versus individuals.


Celebrate Spring Virtually by Following DSBG on Social Media

In a recent interview with The Charlotte Observer, Garden Executive Director Patrick Larkin said it's "almost criminal" that no one can visit the Garden and it's displays this spring. The members of horticulture team have clearly outdone themselves, but the Garden remains closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Limited staff members continue to maintain the Garden. Updates on the Garden's operating status will be communicated via email, social media and the website.

In the meantime...while you're at home, we'll bring the Garden to you! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates including photos of what's blooming, behind-the-scenes videos with our horticulture staff and more. We have many beautiful plants to share with you digitally this spring. We'll also be launching a digital spring art contest -- stay tuned. We encourage you to comment on our posts and include photos of plants from your home garden!


Submit a nature-themed spring photo, or a photo of a painting, drawing, or other 2D work of art created in Spring of 2020, then invite people to vote!

Entries and votes will be accepted through May 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Help Spread Small Business Pride One T-Shirt At A Time!

Charlotte Small Businesses are working together to show the world that they are #TooSmallToFail. When you make a shirt purchase supporting Veronét Vineyards from the community store your dollars benefit two local Charlotte businesses.




50% of each purchase goes to support the small business of your choosing & 50% goes to Mom & Pop's Print Shop, the local shop that produces and fulfills your order. These shirts are limited edition runs & available through pre-order only. All orders will ship within one week of the virtual shop closing on a rolling bi-weekly basis. Check out Veronét Vineyards and more amazing local businesses that are #TooSmallToFail.


The Schiele has been a staple in the community since 1961, and we will continue to be here as a resource for the community. This is just one of the ways we want to connect to our community while observing safe social distancing practices.


Need calm? Or, how about an awesome workout? We all need a little more breathing room!

Join Simply. yoga + wellness + massage ONLINE for virtual yoga classes + (free) meditations!

We offer a $20 - 2 week unlimited new student special and have a class pass promotion happening now.

It’s time to begin yoga in you’re own home, if you don’t wish to be seen, simply turn off your camera in the virtual classroom. 😉


We’ll be with you every breath and available to answer questions.

Grab these passes to use now online or later in person!





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