- Sept. 14, 2021
-- Marking 30 years of bringing help, hope, housing and healing to families experiencing homelessness, the Rainbow Village "We Are Family" Benefit Gala represents the pinnacle of the year-long celebration. Serving as the nonprofit's largest annual fundraiser, the 2021 Gala is designed to make everyone part of the event – whether in attendance in-person or showing their support virtually. In addition to a seated dinner, 30th
anniversary celebration and live auction hosted at the Atlanta Athletic Club on October 16, Rainbow Village will extend access to its silent auction items for online bidding. It will also offer a very special raffle with a limited number of just 300 tickets available for purchase at $100 each in hopes of raising $30,000 in commemoration of its 30 years. The winner of the raffle will receive a 7-night stay for up to eight guests at Casa de Sofia – a luxury home with pool and private beach access in a gated community in Manzanilla, Mexico.
"While we get excited every year for our annual Gala, we are particularly enthusiastic this year," said Melanie Conner, CEO of Rainbow Village. "Last year's Gala was virtual due to COVID – and while it was still special and highly successful in terms of funds raised, it's hard to replace the power of being able to look someone in the eye and say 'Thank you' for their support. This year's Gala also presents us with a special opportunity to pay tribute to one of our biggest supporters – Reverend Joel P. Hudson, who we lost in July at the age of 90 surrounded by his loved ones. It was his prayerful decision to answer the calling that God placed on his heart to serve the homeless in the local community – making Christ Episcopal Church in Norcross our organization's birthplace. In all the years since, his leadership brought many to embrace the mission of Rainbow Village. We've since learned that his night time caregiver was a recent graduate of our program. If that isn't a tale of an act of kindness coming full-circle, I don't know what is."
Conner added that the lessons learned during the virtual Gala Rainbow Village held last year inspired her team to extend the celebration beyond the ballroom at the Atlanta Athletic Club. For those who cannot be in attendance, they can access the Gala's silent auction beginning October 4 or purchase a raffle ticket - available now - through the Rainbow Village website at www.RainbowVillage.org