Eat Drink and Give-June 2016 Fundraising Recap

First and foremost, I want to thank every single one of you for attending our fundraising event on June 5th. As our first event,IMG_0078 it was great to see new and current supporters gather together to learn more about the goals, mission, and successes of Empower Mentoring Program.


We heard from our founder and Executive Director, Julia Hodges, on why Empower Mentoring Program was founded, learned what the mission and program goals were, and the how students are increasing their developmental assets on average by 5.5 points every year.

Tabitha, our student speaker, talked about how being a part of the community, IMG_0528 croppedand working with a mentor, helped her realize that people were there for her, even when it seemed like she was alone. She has grown into a more confident, self-aware, and positive young lady over the past three years. Meagan, our mentor speaker, talked about what it meant to be a mentor and work with her students, and the impact she hopes to have made on them, and the impact they have had on her. You also saw, Luke and Tabitha, two of our 5 eighth grade students, get honored for their time and commitment and growth.

At the end of the day, our board of directors felt the event was a success, and had IMG_0540 croppedthoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, as I hope all of you did too. Through our silent auction we were able to raise $636, and through donations we raised $1030. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. With these donations, we will be able to providing mentors to more students in the fall, and keep working to increase their developmental assets, their self-confidence, their passions and so much more!

I want to also thank all our silent auction donations, and other donors that helped this fundraiser go on without a hitch; Luke Cruise, our DJ for the afternoon, Phong Dang, our photographer, Safeway and West Seattle Thriftway for gift cards for food purchases, Chris Brownrigg for contributing hard cider, NW Wine Academy for contributing wine, Bakery Nouveau for the donation of their chocolate cake, and World Vision for donating pieces of the student’s gifts.

We look forward to continuing to work alongside you in the coming months and years to walk these students grow. Make sure you follow us on social media to stay up to date on our successes, and be on the lookout for our monthly e-newsletters. We can’t wait to build this relationship with you to impact our current and future students.IMG_0048 If you are looking for other ways to support us throughout the year, please select us as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile, and engage with us on social media, or via email.

Again, thank you so much for joining the web of support for our students.  Everything is done because of you.


Enjoy our video we shared during the event.