Thanks to you, FWDO hosts a very successful 7th event!
Thanks so much to all of you who attended our Feb. 10 FWDO, held at the fantastic Marquis on Magnolia event center. The event was attended by more than 125 guests who enjoyed a delicious dinner provided, as always, by Chef Allen Lutes. Our theme was homelessness in Fort Worth, and we heard from three very different and worthy causes.
Otis Thornton, the Homelessness Director for the City of Fort Worth, kicked off the evening with a thought provoking presentation and did a great job of setting the tone for the evening.
Jessica Grace, with the Fort Worth Day Resource Center for the Homeless, talked about their overall mission from showers, storage, laundry, and mail to individual case management, health screenings, job search and housing assistance and more specifically their art program.
Lori Jankowski, with Esther House / Southside City Church, spoke about their home for homeless women that is really more than a home but a new way of life. Filled with daily studies of Faith, developing working skills, and eventually becoming independent.
The final presentation was given by Elizabeth Becker with the First Street Methodist Mission. The night's winner shared the mission of the organization, which serves people in need by providing emergency food, clothing, infant formula, limited financial assistance, and case management services.
While guests voted, we enjoyed a presentation by David Nance about the North-side Inter-Community Agency Inc. (NICA). David talked about how persons, churches and agencies on the north side of Fort Worth can join together to share ministries, program personnel and facilities in order to be of service to the community. David also talked about the NICA's upcoming 6th Annual Taste of Fort Worth. This is their annual fund raiser and is an excellent event. Please put March 16th on your calendar.
At the end of the evening our guests voted again, this time for our May 5th event's theme. After an intense round of real-time text voting, we are pleased to announce that our next theme will be in support of Issues affecting low income families in Fort Worth.
Regarding the microfinancing aspect of the FWDO event, we had a huge night! The First Street Methodist Mission will receive $1,271.40. Esther House and The Day Resource Center's Art Program will each receive $423.80. Part of our ability to keep costs at a minimum came from a generous donation from The Marquis on Magnolia that covered the cost of the venue, for which we are so appreciative. We also received wine donations from Courtney Griffin. Yay Courtney! We also appreciate live classical guitar provided by Gil Wade. Thanks to everyone! You made this a great event!
We look forward to seeing you on May 5th for the next FWDO!