After the success of last year’s gala, the Harbor Home for Women has upped its fundraising goal for this year’s event.
“Our first year was a big success and we raised $21,147,” Executive Director Dana Davin-Ward said. “This year our goal is $50,000, and our biggest need is monthly sponsors for the residents who have no financial support. We have many who come to us who have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Many do not have family support.
“We are constantly raising funds simply to take care of the daily expenses of providing a residential program.”
The program focuses on women in recovery but also helps them reconnect with their children and teaches them parenting skills for them to continue using upon graduation.
Harbor Home opened in 2015, and has served around 40 women since its start.
“We can house 10 in Phase 1 and up to six in Phase 2 at this time,” Davin-Ward said. “We do have plans and a building perspective drawn up that will allow us to expand in the future.”
Funds from last year’s event were used to expand the living facilities to accommodate the Phase 2 residents as well as daily expenses that come with operating a 24/7 live-in facility.
“The idea for the gala came from the desire to create community awareness of our faith-based residential home for women,” Davin-Ward said. “Many in our community and surrounding area didn’t even know there was an option for women.”
She said local law enforcement, judges and several community leaders attended last year’s gala, and they hope to see even more this year.
The gala’s theme is Power of Change. It will begin at 6 p.m. April 21 at the Cowboy Church on Highway 36 in Conway. The event will feature a silent auction and a barbecue dinner prepared and served by Harbor Home residents.
Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to sponsor The Power of Change Gala, contact Davin-Ward or Debe Rigdon at 501-940-7799.