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Thank you all for helping make our 4th Trivia Night Fundraiser Event successful! This was the best attendance we have ever had with 11 tables participating! We had Anchored In the Lord Church, Agape Christian Fellowship, and Calvary Church Life Group with Steve & Laura Fullmer for 3 of our table guests. 3 Tables were filled with my former co-workers from Trinity Medical Center. Alderwoman Kate Hotle sponsored a table, and 3 additional tables were sponsored by Heart of Hope Members, LaToya, Jodi, and Wilma’s daughter Kris. My cousins JD & Helen Ross came down from Joliet and had other cousins join them from Davenport. Everyone I spoke to indicated that they had a fun time! Kris Wright did a fantastic job as our Trivia Leader!!! Thank you once again Kris!!! You are amazing!!!

We had 12 – 8 foot tables FILLED with raffle and silent auction items!!! I lost track of how many we had since baskets were arriving up to the last minute. I believe we must have had close to 100! There was definitely something for everyone. A special thanks to Kim Nickels who joined our Planning Team and blessed us with raffle items and addresses of local businesses who responded amazingly!!! Ed & Virginia Jarrett brought us so many wonderful raffle items in boxes! And a great BIG thank you to Mrs. Joyce Wiser who spent hundreds of dollars on gift cards and beautiful baskets and decorating items!!! Joyce Wiser was joined with ministry friends Joyce Esser and Dorothy Hyatt who stepped right in to donate items and help in any way needed! Susan Adams your basket was beautiful, just like you! And Praise God for special helpers Royce Wright, Charlene Griffin, and Gloria’s niece Kalilia and her friend from college who did such wonderful jobs as runners!

Another special Thank You to my daughter LaToya who took time off of work and helped in SO MANY WAYS! What a blessing she and Gloria Randle were! The 3 of us spend hours and hours on Friday getting everything organized and ready. On Saturday morning I was really struggling with the cold virus that has fell in love with me. Thank you Wilma for recognizing I needed prayer and rest. You stepped right in and decorated the tables so beautiful. It was wonderful to come back later that evening after going home to lay down, and find that so many of you had everything set up and ready to go!

I deposited $2,753.00 today from the money received at the event! With the $1,000 from LeClaire Manufacturing (thank you Ward), and other donations, plus the $1,000 matching grant we will apply for from Royal Neighbors, we will net around $5,000 after expenses!!! Praise God this will allow some money to go into the Food Pantry account for this year and allow for us to have funds available to help with other Outreach needs for the year. This is our only fundraiser event planned for 2017.

Whatever part you played in helping with this event whether it was prayer, sending out emails, posting to our website and facebook page, helping with raffle and silent auction items, serving at the event, etc. – THANK YOU for helping to propel God’s Heart of Hope forward in excellence!

God bless each of you!




Year in Review – 2016

Past Events

Adoption of Denkman Park

Healing Conference