Aunties Village is an event-driven fundraising resource for non-profit organizations serving communities facing social, economic, nutritional, and shelter insecurity in Charlotte.
To build a collaborative partnership within the non-profit community to engage, educate, empower, and evolve underserved families across the city of Charlotte.
MEET THE FOUNDER
Gail Garvin, the Founder and Executive Director of Aunties Village. Born and raised in Washington DC, Gail is no stranger to the power of giving through serving others. Her family would later move to Charlotte, North Carolina. Inspired by the opportunities granted to her during her upbringing, she learned the importance of community, fellowship, education, and leadership. With an infinite love for Arts and culture, Gail set her sights on the Arts and Entertainment field. Gail is a proud graduate of the illustrious Elizabeth City State University, B.A. in Music with a concentration in Music Business. Viking Pride! She later went on to receive her M.S. in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. In addition to operating Aunties Village, she is a Customer Service and Ticketing professional for one of Charlotte's premier arts organizations.
BEHIND THE VILLAGE:
I was one out of 7,000 people diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome. MRKH is a rare disorder that affects women during the fetal reproductive stage. Made up of a series of anomalies; this condition makes it difficult to identify. For 12 years post-puberty, I was the only female that had never had a menstrual cycle. I endured countless Doctors appointments that ended in a series of unanswered questions, misdiagnosis, and unsuccessful treatments. At the age of 30, an infertility specialist finally had an answer. It was a relief that brought on so much pain and sorrows all in the same breath. In September of 2020, at the age of 32, I had a hysterectomy. It was a reality that was hard to accept but needed to prevent health complications. While in recovery, I decided to embrace my pain and push into purpose. In February of 2021, I was Inspired to engage, educate, empower and help evolve people from pain to purpose. To show them that legacy is not biological….it’s eternal. You can still fulfill your dreams of building a family legacy to leave for the future of tomorrow!