Our plan was to host our 19th Annual Charity Auction and Dinner on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Unfortunately, due to the continued uncertainty of COVID-19, it has been increasingly obvious we will not be able to host such an event. Green Gables Haven counts on this event annually as it is our largest fundraiser that contributes to the operation of our shelter and assisting domestic violence victims. Therefore, we are planning an alternative fundraiser by building raffle packages that will hopefully help us to raise as much funding as possible. We know we will not reach our annual goal of $50,000 but we hope to entice our supporters to contribute via raffle items and selling tickets. We cannot in good conscience request such donations from our local, small businesses knowing the struggles they have faced these past nine (9) months; therefore we have elected to call upon our larger supporters and individuals to assist us.
We have chosen a theme for this Raffle Fundraiser. “Your Experiences Matter” and we hope to highlight a variety of experiences that so many of us have missed as a result of this pandemic. This annual event benefits operations at Green Gables Haven – the only domestic violence shelter in Barry County, Michigan. Our agency brings safety, hope, and new beginnings to our survivors by providing invaluable services such as: emergency shelter, counseling, housing assistance, legal support etc. Your continued participation will assist us in Stopping the Silence to End the Violence in our community.
Instead of our Annual Dinner, Raffles, Silent and Live Auctions, we will offer raffle tickets to our mailing list, our social media supporters, family and friends. These raffle tickets will offer the buyer a variety of options. We are currently building those packages! Watch for more news coming to you in the next couple of months.
Over the past 18 years, this annual event has brought an incredible amount of support and hope in assisting those we serve to find a safer, more secure way of life. Your commitment to this event, our largest fundraiser, has offered 2,211 individuals Hope and Courage to Believe in Change and has set them on their path for a New Life! This level of service would not be possible without the concern and commitment of local government, area businesses, agencies, organizations, churches and caring individuals in our community; we are thankful for the support of our mission. We would love to include you in this incredible group of community leaders and hope we can count on you to help us make a difference during this truly discouraging year.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the efforts of Green Gables Haven and make a difference in our community. We plan to sell tickets from February 1st through the 25th with the drawings being held on Friday, February 26, 2021. Watch for more news on how to secure your raffle tickets in the coming weeks!