I have a lot to catch you all up on! These past two weeks with Hope Hollow have been what I’d like to call a “beautiful chaos”. For those of you who have planned a fundraising event, you may know what I am referring to. Fundraising requires meticulous planning and coordination, lots of creativity, supportive volunteers and friends willing to help prepare the venue, and of course prayers (loads of them). When the day of the event finally arrives it almost feels as though you can’t breathe your sigh of relief until that first attendee arrives. However, a week has passed and we are still in crunch mode. Receipting the generous donors, thanking sponsors, returning and delivering supplies we borrowed, accounting the costs and at the same time managing to still run a nonprofit.
BUT aside from all of that, I am so pleased to announce how wonderfully the fundraiser turned out. We had over 150 attendees and volunteers, the weather was miraculous (considering Columbus was experiencing what seemed like monsoons just days before), and Hope Hollow was able to inspire its audience through its mission. Shortly I will be able to share the exact amount of funds raised from the event. I do know that because of “A Garden Party” and the individuals that continue to believe in our mission, Hope Hollow will be able to serve so many more children and young adults. It truly was a magical night (as cliche as that may sound). I was moved by the selflessness of those who donated to such a wonderful cause.
As I am typing this, I am constantly referring to Hope Hollow as “we”. I truly do feel as though I am a part of this fabulous nonprofit. I have said in past blogs how I may be bias, but even over the course of 7 weeks I have grown to admire this “job”. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I have used this quote multiple times to describe my experience to friends and family when referring to my fellowship this summer. In a PowerPoint I created to be shown at the fundraiser, there was a quote that I’d like to share from a woman who Hope Hollow has provided services to in the past. She said, “Hope Hollow is more than a non-profit, they have become family”. So many of those we help have the same feelings toward Kevin and Jane. They invest so much of their time and energy to make strangers feel comfortable, supported, and loved.
So many of my friends and family drove up from Cincinnati, Ohio to support me and Hope Hollow at “A Garden Party”.
I am so proud to be part of the non-profit community here in Columbus, Ohio!