We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who made this year's Celebrate Freedom Dinner such a success. At the end of the night, we announced that we had raised more than $210,000 -- a number that was $40,000 higher than last year. But the money kept coming in -- and we are now up to $240,000!
We are humbled and grateful for everyone's support of our important mission.
The night got off to a great start with a $20,000 challenge grant from Kosair Charities. During the dinner, we were thrilled to announce that the Yum! Brands Foundation had awarded $25,000 to The Healing Place thanks to alumni Nicholas Price and his team of volunteers at the Pizza Hut Help Desk.
Every month, Nick and his team raise money to be able to serve pizza to our clients. The news got even better when Executive Director Laura Melillo announced that the Yum! Brands Foundation would be donating an additional $25,000 if those in attendance accepted the challenge to match that amount. The crowd delivered, easily matching that gift as well as the $20,000 gift from Kosair Charities.
At the dinner we also honored this year's Celebrate Freedom Award recipient, Dare to Care. Executive Director Brian Riendeau accepted the award, which recognizes individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to to further our mission to reach men and women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, provide the tools for recovery, and restore productive lives.
The Healing Place serves more than 730,000 meals every year and in the past five years, Dare to Care has donated 136,842 pounds of food to The Healing Place -- a value of $2,090,686.30!
We were thrilled to welcome back Tara Conner as our guest speaker. There were laughs and tears in the audience as Tara shared her story of recovery. Tara was Miss USA when she checked into the Caron Center in December 2006. She has since celebrated nine years of sobriety and we couldn't be happier to call her a friend.
Thank you to everyone who made this year's Celebrate Freedom Dinner such an amazing night for us and our clients!
Click here to see all of our pictures from the event.
Posted on March 15, 2016
by Laci Comer filed under