Fighting Poverty with Passion
Fall is a time for fundraising! And in New Orleans, I am learning that there are so many creative ways to raise money for a non-profit. The first Eden House fundraiser I attended last year was Irvin Mayfield’s Love Sessions (a 7 night concert series to support local charities.) Throughout the last year, we participated in GiveNOLA, (an online social media driven fundraiser), Whole Foods selected us for a “Ladies Helping Ladies” event featuring food, wine, arts and crafts, and massages for attendees, and most recently we participated in the “Pay it Forward” Happy Hour series at EIFFEL Society.
Our largest fundraiser of the year is quickly approaching! On Wednesday, November 5th from 6:30-7:30 pm is the 3rd Annual Eden House Fundraiser, “An Evening in the Garden of Eden—Keeping the Promise.” The last 2 years it was held at Touro Synagogue but last year we outgrew the space with over 400 attendees! This year it will be held at the stunning Audubon Tea Room. This hour long event features short presentations from staff members as well as community partners and explains the Magdalene House Model (our sister organization) and the programming at Eden House to our supporters. In addition, Eden House’s former Resident Director and survivor of human trafficking, Clemmie Greenlee, will also speak about her experiences in the sex trade and the importance of programs such as Eden House. (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting a table or attending the event.)
We are excited for this fundraiser because Eden House has celebrated so many exciting changes in the past year for us to update our supporters about. Our house is getting a fresh paint job, the inside of our house is getting weatherized to make for more comfortable living conditions, we have a beautiful new logo and are re-branding, and we welcomed a new Executive Director, Marybeth Corazzini. We will also celebrate our 2 year anniversary of being open to residents on October 16th; our first resident will graduate this spring, and we currently have 5 women living in the house with several women on our waiting list.
I have been amazed at the generosity and true concern that our volunteers, community partners, and donors have for our residents and the Eden House program as a whole. I am thrilled to be at Eden House again this year as we continue to blossom and celebrate so many more exciting accomplishments!