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The Gala was a smashing success and truly was a "remix." There were bands playing background and dance music, ice sculptures, tables for 4, for 6, corporate tables for 8... We took photos as gifts for the attendees. it was truly a fun night and even people in line to check out were dancing as they waited.

The "Fund a Need" part of the evening was fun and successful. Martha's Trouble sang a song that captured our guests' state of mind...focused on hope for the new morning. Board member, Jamie Sandford enthusiastically invited attendees to contribute to the mission. We raised $25,000 during that part of the night alone.

We can never dwell too long on last week or last month because there is always something on the horizon. What's next?

On May 13 we have our semi annual Liaison Meeting wherein we will schedule meals for July through December. Partner churches and groups who take multiple dates get to select their weeks or nights of services for the upcoming months. After the Liaisons make their selections the calendar is opened to anyone from the community who wants to serve a meal to our guests.

The next Volunteer Orientation will be held on May 15th at noon at the shelter. During this time one can learn more specifics about our programs and services. We talk about who is here, why and how our social work staff serves nearly 1,000 women and children every year. Anyone wishing to become an Overnight Volunteer must attend one of these sessions. Issues such as privacy and confidentiality are covered, as well as the specifics of this invaluable service to the ladies and to the agency. Meal and Overnight volunteers are the foundation of First Light. We couldn't do what we do without them.

If you are interested in providing meals for shelter guests, check our volunteer calendar to see where there are openings. between now and end of June. After the Liaison meeting the calendar for July through December will be posted. Grab a date asap because they do go fast. Come to an Orientation (usually held as close to the 15th of each month as possible) to consider easy to serve the ladies.