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The Carolina Inn’s “Fridays on the Front Porch” to Benefit NC Children’s Hospital

Gravy Boys to play Bluegrass for Babies event on May 29

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (May 15, 2009) - A special edition of The Carolina Inn's "Fridays On The Front Porch" will benefit North Carolina Children's Hospital as part of the May 29 Bluegrass for Babies event from 5-8 pm.  Twenty-five percent of proceeds will be donated to the North Carolina Children's Hospital Newborn Critical Care Center.

Live bluegrass music by Gravy Boys creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing, getting a jump on the weekend and raising money for a good cause. The Inn offers its classic southern buffet as well as Tiny Vittles menu with full bar service, and plenty of comfortable seating under the shady oaks and magnolias on the Inn's front lawn. There is no cover charge for the event.

Fridays on the Front Porch features the music of some of North Carolina's best bluegrass bands for 26 consecutive Fridays through the middle of October.

Learn more by calling 919-918-2777 or www.carolinainn.com.

About The Carolina Inn
Recognized as one of America's "cultural resources worthy of preservation," The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Mobil Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. As one of only four hotels in North Carolina built before 1925 to remain in continuous operation, it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon.  The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.  www.carolinainn.com