What an amazing evening of light, information, inspiration and activities at the Rock Creek Country Club! It was a full day, as I’d worked the first half (care giving for my client, Vern), but after I arrived so much was already prepped for the evening’s event. When I was gabbing with a fellow volunteer, a Compassion First friend approached me asking if I could pick up a girl from a transit center so she could attend for the night. She was a suspected victim or survivor of either sex trafficking or domestic violence. So I jumped on the opportunity. “S” was very shy, beautiful and reserved…and seemed to keep asking people how CF rescues girls. I’ve yet to hear how the evening went with her but I know she got connected to some of the best people in the biz like Darlene Of “Abolition Now” who I believe, drove her home that night.
I got to rock climb, walk the lit pathway through the golf course alongside another amazing survivor I love (while our kids connected ahead of us), and tear down the chairs for a while until alas, my poor nearly 40-year old body gave out.
- There were about 250 attendees
- Amnt of funds raised: over $18,200 (net)
- Close to 30 people from Horizon Community came as a direct result of promotional efforts like a lobby table, a video announcement they made me do, and of course, word of mouth.
I’m so proud of my church and proud of all who made The Lantern Walk a success with only a few glitches here and there. A special shout out goes to Julie Gholston, Horizon’s Community Care Director. Amazing.
It was a phenomenal effort and over all, a great event that raised both awareness and funds for Compassion First’s mission to provide safe shelter for Portland area survivors, right downtown.
I’m on board for next year, already.