Annual signature fundraising event surpasses $200,000 to help offset costs of operating two shelters and two daytime resource centers
The overwhelming support and commitment to St. John’s Ministries and the Restoring Hope Gala continue to amaze me each and every day. The annual signature fundraising event takes months and months of planning by many people beyond myself. It takes a dedicated committee, volunteers, staff and community to make an event of this magnitude a success.
When I came to St. John’s Ministries in late June of 2021, the Restoring Hope Gala hadn’t yet been planned or even a meeting completed to think about its direction. The Gala committee, Tony Schneider and I were able to strategize and pull together our resources to make the hybrid event a success.
As soon as the 2021 event was completed I began thinking about the recently completed 2022 Restoring Hope Gala on November 5. The thing is, I always want this type of event to be bigger and better than the last for a variety of reasons. I want it to wow the attendees as they support St. John’s Ministries. I want it to be viewed as THE fundraising event in town everyone wants to attend. I want it to be successful because those experiencing homelessness and housing instability depend on it.
I am proud to say this year’s Restoring Hope Gala raised over $200,000, making it the most successful in its history.
St. John’s Ministries operates two seasonal emergency homeless shelters of last resort (Men’s Shelter, Women’s Shelter) and two daytime resource centers (Micah Center and Wellspring). Every dollar fundraised from the night helps those most vulnerable.
I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved in this year’s Restoring Hope Gala. Without each and every one of you, we wouldn’t be able to help the hundreds of men and women experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
You are a difference-maker for this community!
Director of Community Engagement