IHN normally holds its annual fundraising breakfast in mid-November. This year, for a variety of reasons, staff decided to move it up to Oct. 24, not knowing, of course, that Hurricane Sandy would hit the area five days later. Depending on your outlook, it was either providential or just plain lucky.
IHN depends on this fundraiser to raise the majority of its funds from individuals each year. Had the breakfast been cancelled or postponed, IHN’s year-end results would look very different.
As of the end of November 2012, IHN brought in more than $211,000 in gifts and multi-year pledges. The pledges are especially important as they provide IHN with a measure of donations that they can expect to raise each year. This enables the organization to set goals and continue programs that help families in Essex County move from poverty to increased economic stability.
This year’s theme was "Faithful Friends," a celebration of friendships made during the past 25 years between staff, volunteers, and IHN families. Former clients Zak and Ishea addressed the crowd of 425+ individuals describing the unique relationships made possible through IHN and how they helped improved their families’ situations.
The staff and board of IHN thank table hosts for making this breakfast successful by sharing the mission of IHN with their friends and colleagues who attended.
Above: Tia Aery with Zak and her daughter talk about their friendship at IHN’s Faithful Friends breakfast.
IHN thanks these Faithful Friends sponsors: