Thursday, May 30, 2013

End of May Updates!

So it's the end of the May and some exciting things have happened, and are happening this month.

 First of all - one of our interns turned 16 yesterday! I am the proud mother of a big hearted Elder boy who can now drive!! Unreal.

 Secondly, we've scheduled our Fundraiser Brunch! If you don't have plans (and even you do! cancel them, this will be better) you should join us on Sunday, June 23rd at 11:30 at Refuge Coffee Bar. Tickets are $12 per adult, or $20 for couples, Kids (12 and under) are only $5. There will be several baskets up for raffle (need not be present to win most of them) and we have some amazing items up for grabs; photography art, pasta baskets, a supreme Summer Griller's basket, etc. We'll also be offering a split the pot during the event. 

Brunch will be a classic Southern Brunch with a few twists; pancakes, french toast, sausage, Goetta, quiche, boiled eggs, fruits, muffins, etc. . .as well as an AMAZING cake from Delicious Designs for You by Jessica Castellini.

 Also this month, we were featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer in the local section. The infamous Tuscaloosa Rising picture was on the front page of the section, and a great story about our team and leader was on page 5. The link can be found here: Tuscaloosa Rising Story.

Please consider supporting our mission. We need to raise just under $4000 for eight people. . .and our return on the trip is over $125,000 for the week. That's what we're gifting to the community of Tuscaloosa.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Southern Style Brunch and More!

Check out our upcoming Fundraiser for June 23rd!

Come join us and delight yourself in a full, Southern Style Brunch, good music, dancing, and "take your breath away" basket raffles!

We still need to raise funds for our trip. We've had the added expense of lodging, but we're taking that out of our "incidentals" budget, so our overall budget hasn't changed.

We are polishing up some of our upcoming events. :-) Take a moment and check out this one. Who wouldn't want to come and stuff their tummies after church on a beautiful June Sunday? There are going to be tons of baskets for our basket raffle (all donated) and we're going to do one "split the pot" drawing as well. We'll also set up a small area in the back where we'll offer our benefactors a free family/couple/individual picture, and email to them as a symbol of our gratitude.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May Updates

This month is going to be a big PUSH month - Pray Until Something Happens!!

After having a number of venues fall through, we are desperately seeking a location to have our fundraiser before leaving for the trip in July. We are confident however, that God will provide. In the meantime, here's what some of our photographers have been up to!

Gabrielle Mappone - PA - after teaching all day long, Gabrielle also donates her time to deserving high school seniors who would otherwise not have senior portraits. She also photographed her school play, and managed to work in a friends wedding the day before her first mothers day without her mom.

Helen Swartwout - OH - also a teacher, Helen spends her weekends filming the sweetest of lovies. . .the four legged babies of SAAP (Stray Animal Adoption Program). Helen's work contributes to the placement of these wonderful animals in forever homes. She is eagerly anticipating her first solo wedding, and is enjoying her new god daughter.

Holli Stevenson - OH - Hospice photography isn't enough and I've found myself busy gifting services to a deserving bride (photography, bridesmaid, AND venue host), promising services for an Affordable Housing project for the west side, and photographing the graduation of Oyler students who have beat the odds and graduated despite overwhelming factors that stacked the decks against them.

These are the people your dollars support. Already generous beyond measure, they are eager to get to Alabama and bless the socks off the people of Tuscaloosa. . .and fill the empty frames.