Love INC Annual Gala Event
By C. Lawrence
Love in the Name of Christ Washington County (Love, INC) recently gathered for a celebration and fundraiser Gala for a great opportunity to learn more about what the organization brings to our community. The annual event brings individuals together to learn about those in need of help in our community, how they raise funds to help those in need, and how Love INC is expanding their programs to serve in better ways.
The Love, INC Gala took place on Saturday, February 22nd at the Vendome Events Center and was catered by Manna & More. Randi Davies of Sunnyside Farm & Events put together the beautiful decorations. Dennis Cooper of Weiser provided lovely background music for guests to enjoy and Maddi of Forever Anchored Photography provided a fun photo booth for personalized photos. The Love INC board all pitched in to put the event together. They also were assisted by many teens who served the guests and cleaned up. Many volunteers spent time making wonderful desserts for the elaborate dessert buffet. Guest speaker Kim Wilson of Walla Walla, Washington came to share inspiring stories.
The main purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the fundraising efforts of this incredible organization. As a nonprofit agency, staff and volunteers work year-round to spread the word about serving the community through the love of Christ. In 2019, 65 new families were served by Love INC, 6,876 individual needs were met, and 140 referrals made. 171 home visits were made in 2019, 11 transportation needs provided, 78 furniture needs fulfilled, 459 food boxes assembled, and 226 backpacks filled with school supplies were given out. This is only a small portion of what Love INC does each year! The needs of our community grow each year and Pam Burris, the executive director, is excited to be adding new programs in order to serve the growing population.
To learn more about what the agency offers and how you can help, contact Love INC at (208) 414-5683.