‘Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ 2 Corinthians 9:7
By Nancy Naughton
On September 9th and 10th we held our 9th Annual Charity Golf Event and Auction to benefit our programs for poor and homeless men, women, and children in our community. The annual event is critical to meeting our annual operating needs, and this year we raised more than $72,000 thanks to many cheerful givers!
Individuals and businesses from across Louisville and Southern Indiana came together to help St. Vincent de Paul. Six-hundred twenty-three (623) raffle tickets were sold, 100 golfers participated in our golf event, 123 local businesses donated products and services for the auction, and 130 people bid generously on our live and silent auction offerings. We are most grateful for their support.
Special thanks go out to our event Signature Sponsors, including Fifth Third Bank, Brandeis Machinery & Supply Co., and Porcini restaurant. We also thank our Society Level sponsors, including Caldwell Tanks, LG&E, Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co., Yang Kee Noodle, and the Neil Huffman Automotive Group.
This outpouring of generosity will provide food and care for hundreds of people in the months to come. We hope many more cheerful givers will join the St. Vincent de Paul family as we enter into our 2012-2013 fiscal year. The need continues to be great and our operating budget challenged.
The number of meals served at the Open Hand Kitchen each month now exceeds 10,000, as more individuals and families lok for help in these challenging economic times. The Open Hand Kitchen is our single largest operating line item, and we need the continued help of our many donors to help us serve more meals, to heat and cool our beautiful kitchen, and to maintain our kitchen equipment.
With the opening of our 54 new apartments for homeless men, women and children, our expanded campus now provides a home for more than 30 people, including 58 children. Your help allows St. Vincent de Paul to provide the with a safe, supportive environment and the tools necessary to move on to a brighter and happier future.
We thank all the many supporters of St. Vincent de Paul’s mission, who give so generously from their heart, for making it possible.
This article appears in the October 2012 issue of the ‘Good Samaritan’ newsletter. Nancy Naughton is Associate Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul | Louisville. To make a cash contribution to St. Vincent de Paul, please contact her at (502) 301-8682 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.