An underlying theme for our recent 2019 “We Are Family” Gala was the Wizard of Oz – all built around the simple truth… “There’s no place like home.” Home is comfortable and familiar. It’s where we feel loved and accepted, despite our fears and frailties. There’s no place like it. Unfortunately, another simple yet sad truth is that there are families out there who don’t have a home to go to. Their home was taken away by one of life’s many storms – a devastating illness and insurmountable medical bills, loss of a job, eviction, a parting of ways due to divorce or domestic violence.
Within a matter of hours during this year’s Gala, through the generosity of our sponsors and more than 300 people in attendance, we were able to raise a record-breaking $337,893. Because Dorothy was standing on a yellow brick road in a magical land that doesn’t truly exist, we’ve learned that we need to pave our OWN yellow brick road for the benefit of the homeless families Rainbow Village serves. It takes many bricks to pave this road – a place to call home while lives are put back together, career counseling and workforce training, financial counseling and life skills training, success coaching, youth after-school programming, an early childhood development center and so much more. The generosity shown that night will help ensure that we can continue to provide this life-changing programming to families in need.