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HRB fundraising event turns into huge success | Letters | July 9

Housing Resources Board hosted our first annual “Rise & Shine” fundraising breakfast recently with nearly 200 guests. We raised over $25,000!

Community events are amazing creatures. I’ve coordinated many events in the past, including the July 3 Street Dance, parades, large public meetings, symposiums and grand openings of public buildings.

The Rise & Shine breakfast was the first event of this kind that I directed. I mention this because there was something different here.

The energy was different. It was a celebration of community – and also an acknowledgement of a basic need that we all share – that of shelter.

And how, when met in crisis, there is a need for the community to come together to support each other.

If we don’t, we lose those who are most important to us. It could be our family members, or more likely, our neighbors or those who hold the essence of our “sense of place” – families, artists, farmers, teachers. Essentially we could lose our community.

Perhaps that is why, from the very beginning, our business supporters did not hesitate to help.

All of our corporate sponsors know first-hand what housing means on Bainbridge.

Legacy Management Group (partners with us at Island Terrace property and known for their community gardens) was our premier sponsor.

Other sponsors include Kriegh Architect and Fairbank Construction, both of which literally “build community through housing” – just like HRB.

It was encouraging to have Columbia Bank participate, carrying on the legacy of American Marine Bank’s support of HRB for more 20 years.

And when the agents of John L. Scott heard about the event, nine of them, all of whom believe in the mission of HRB and the importance of diverse housing, pooled their funds to contribute at a higher level.

And that was just the beginning.

With help from so many other businesses and volunteers we were able to host the breakfast with a nearly sold out crowd.

I’m overwhelmed with the impact and importance of the energy of giving. There are those who give first, so others can participate.

We live in a great community – this I know. We are full of empowered, invested people who will defend our sense of place.

I am grateful to those who gave at the breakfast, and I am grateful to those who made it possible. Thank all of you.

Wendy Johnson, director

HRB Community Outreach/Development

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