Many thanks to each of our supporters who joined us on May 1st to celebrate the mission and ministry of Bishop Anderson House.
Over 150 guests wined and dined, laughed and listened to a variety of compelling stories about the value and importance of volunteer and professional chaplaincy.
Event Chair Becky Duggan shone in the beautiful Society of Arts gallery as she led the crowd to bid on items and implored them to have fun while doing so.
Dave Kyllo opened the night with an amazing grace, proclaiming the “wow” of what we do. Chaplain Paul Goodenough shared his valuable insight, learned in the trauma wards:
5 + 1 messages of resilience for trauma survivors, adapted from Healing Hurt People for chaplain work:
1. You are safe
2. It isn’t happening now
3. You are a good person
4. You are a blessing to others
5. You have a future
6. You are loved
Later, Executive Director Tommy Rogers, shared his story of “Why Bishop Anderson House?” followed by President Erin Emery revealing the vision of the Board of Trustees and highlighting the work of the staff. She introduced Marion Faldet Volunteer of the Year Bill Totsch, who spoke eloquently about his history with Bishop Anderson House. After the crowd recognized Bill with a standing ovation, Ann Ryba introduced co-award winner Ron Valentine, whose passion for pastoral care and chaplaincy is contagious. After Ron was warmly recognized by the guests, primo auctioneer Kay Lewis led the crowd in raising nearly $16,000 at the Paddle Raise. Bishop Jeff Lee blessed us into the night with a resounding version of “All You Need is Love.”
Over all, the event raised $60,000+ to support chaplaincy, pastoral care and to serve those in need of solace and comfort. We thank each and every one of you for supporting our ministries so generously.