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Thank you from the Executive Director Loren Dubberke:

On May 7th, our staff took a giant leap of faith and tried something we had never done before, our first ever virtual fundraising event.  Trying to figure out how to do a raffle and live auction online was challenging enough; not to mention navigating new software for the entire event.   

Thankfully, our event team made up of Everett O Keefe, Rhonda Dueck, Kelly Kucharski, Mike Klassen, Shadron Smith, and Genevieve Ochoa  coupled with intercessory prayers allowed us to pull this event off.  We were pleasantly surprised by the response. 

On the behalf of the board, I want to say thank you to all who tuned in, donated a raffle item and contributed financially.   Our net revenue as of May 20th totaled $34, 945 which came close to matching last year’s total. Here are the numbers that break down for the three items of revenue we received from the event:

Raffle Items = $7,315

Live Auctions = $6,006

General Donations = $24,517

We recognize a number of you were unable to connect with us on May 7th and want to encourage you to view the broadcast which was recorded on our website at www.facefresno.org   Just click on the arrow button on the front page and you are ready to go.  Feel free to fast forward through the Raffle and Auction portions of the program so you can watch the Stories of Hope.

Shelby King, a former Micah Intern, has created a sticker that we have included with this letter as a gift to you, in appreciation for your partnership and support.   It shows the theme for this year’s event which was a red balloon that represents hope and resilience for all of the people we work with who have overcome enormous obstacles in life.  It also has our core values and reminds us of the city that God has called us to serve.   

As we move into the summer, we are currently focusing on three things.  Through our partnership with other community development corporations, we are providing food for families in need. Second, we have opened up our gym and library three days a week for children to come for reading and recreation in family groups. Thirdly, we are preparing for our 8th annual Summer Adventure Club that takes place during the month of July. 

Our work has not slowed down much even with COVID-19.  We continue to work diligently.  Thank you for allowing us to restore hope for under-resourced families in the Robinson/Hoover neighborhood.

Gratefully,

Loren Dubberke

Executive Director

Fresno Area Community Enterprises (FACE)