Held at the University of Indianapolis, the one-day event raised a record $66,866.75 for the Fletcher Place Community Center (FPCC). The funds will help a lot in stocking the food pantry and financing programs to benefit those in need.
Funds raised through event sponsors, auction, admission, plant sale, grab bag and ring bling amounted to $35,216.75. In-kind donations that included printing, entertainment (Silly Safaris), auctioneer, restaurant, venue and advertising brought in $31,650.
Event organizers pointed out that 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Fletcher Place. They emphasized that Fletcher Place does not have to pay one dime to put this event on. Everything is donated for the event.
The FPCC marketing committee worked tirelessly for months on the event and volunteered their time and talents to make it a success.
The title sponsorship by Kroger and efforts of so many people, many from the Southside, combined to turn the event into a record breaker in the attack against poverty.
Southsiders were among those who donated items for the auction, grab bag prizes and ring bling. Time, venue and talent were donated by Mike Heimel, Silly Safaris, Direct Connect Printing, the University of Indianapolis and participating restaurants.
The fundraiser represents a vital part of our community that serves those who struggle to meet life’s most basic needs. It also is a true testament of the strength of the individuals who comprise our community.
Southsiders always step up whenever and wherever there is a need, and the drive to take a bite out of poverty is a prime example of why we strive to help others. It’s the stuff that makes living on the Southside so great.