Denver event a great success

Our July 20 gallery event in Denver, Colorado was a great success. More than 100 people attended, and 18 new sponsors signed up at the event. Plus, a number of people offered to take photos and help find sponsors after the event; Columbine United Church alone committed to finding sponsors for 12 more children.”There was a buzz in the air, a feel-good energy, and a great response,” says Louise LeGrand, event planner. She describes one existing sponsor who hadn’t planned on sponsoring another child but was inspired to take an eighth grader who is well over-age thus at high risk of dropping out. Another couple who already sponsor brought a family friend of theirs along, and together they decided to team up and sponsor another child.Perhaps most indicative of the enthusiasm that night was a young girl adopted from Guatemala, all dressed up in her white satin dress with a big black bow. Says, Louise, “I saw her grab the gallery tag from a large photo of a boy and run all the way across the room to sign up as his sponsor!”

Thanks to everyone who brought their enthusiasm, ideas, and generosity to this event. Special thanks to all who helped to plan this event, including event hosts Verlee and Ellis Copeland, Jody Randall and Pat Smatla of Columbine United Church, Buck Holzemer and Patti Petrich. If you are interested in planning a gallery event in your area, contact Louise LeGrand via email or at 651.917.0243.


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