An Evening to Empower: Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow - The Recap

Well, the big night that we’ve been planning for months finally happened last Friday. An Evening to Empower was a big success thanks to all of you, our many supporters! We had 140 guests and raised $32,000 which will be used for the upcoming school year’s programming, next summer’s camp fees, and to grow our college scholarship fund. In case you missed it, here’s a recap:

When the doors at Yolo opened, the night kicked off with photos of our fabulously dressed guests by Heather Applegate of Life’s Journey Photography and live music by the Todd Harrold Band. Brandon Foundation students escorted patrons to their tables in the banquet hall. Inside, Teresa Yarbrough of Expressions Studio Gallery had started a live painting that would be auctioned off later in the evening as a part of the live auction. Our guest of honor was “the real Brandon” who inspired the creation of the organization. Guests perused the selection of silent auction packages and put in initial bids, feeling out how much competition they’d have for the items they wanted most. Granite City provided beer tastings to pair with the crab cake and caprese skewer appetizers. Following dinner, the B Foundation Step Team gave a stellar performance! Coach Adrian has instilled in them incredible discipline, and I, for one, was extremely impressed by the routine.

Ryan Clark of Dynamic Sound Entertainment emceed the rest of the night and kept the good vibes rolling. Next, we heard from a few very important adults members of our organization. Miss Caty, the founder, greeted the audience and spoke about The Brandon Foundation’s core values. Miss Rebecca, vice president of the board of directors and mentor, spoke about the important role that parents have and why their partnership has been critical to our success. Then, Rockell Franklin, the mother of our two oldest young men, expressed the impact that The Brandon Foundation has had on her and her family’s life. Finally, Melissa Hirsch, secretary of the board, closed an emotional and powerful segment of the evening by announcing Sara’s Service Scholarship. The award was created in honor of Miss Sara, one of our first mentors, who recently found out about a serious health issue. Students will be able to apply for the award for use towards higher education, and the decision criteria will involve financial need, academic achievement, and an exceptional community service record, just as Miss Sara herself has had in the Fort Wayne community.

The evening’s excitement culminated in the live auction, called by Jerry Ehle and Max Woebbeking of Schrader Real Estate & Auction of Fort Wayne. A few intense bidding battles ensued, but the ice was broken by the surprise of finding that some packages had a twin! There were 2 craft beer buckets and 2 gourmet dinners with Chef Eric Braun to be auctioned off. Shortly after the live auction finished up, silent auction bidding closed. Guests collected their new treasures, grabbed a bite of cheesecake and headed home for a much deserved good night’s rest.
If you didn’t make it this year, we hope you’ll join us next time!

To see all of our photos, use the QR code below!

Thank you for reading!

Abby Bormann & The Brandon Foundation

Strength, Patience, and Passion...

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." -Harriet Tubman
The students at The Brandon Foundation are dreamers; they have the strength, the patience, and the passion that Harriet Tubman speaks of, but they still need some help. They need your help. Have you thought about supporting our Dream Maker Sponsorship program yet?
Each year, as we continue to grow, our expenses increase. Your Dream Maker Sponsorships provide financial support for kids in many areas: personal, academic, and extracurricular. Not to mention, we have students who are just years away from considering college options, and being able to provide financial support to them is important to us. Our students are working hard now to earn better opportunities for their futures; they are being taught the importance of continuing their education.
While we have received some support of our Dream Maker Sponsorships and our College Scholarship Fund, we are still $9,000 away from our goal of $25,000. Can you share $30 a month (just $270 a year!) to become a Dream Maker Sponsor? Do you have a business that would consider becoming a Corporate Dream Maker Sponsor? Remember, all donations are tax-deductible, and your money is staying local to help our future community leaders.
Many of our supporters have asked about our next auction or event as a fundraiser; we will not host another event until 2016. Our focus for 2015 is to develop funds in our Dream Maker and College Scholarship programs to assist our students daily and to allow these funds time to grow. Because of this, our Dream Maker Sponsorships - both on the personal and business level - are extremely vital to our growth and continued success.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 by July 15th. Today, we're less than one month away!
The quickest, easiest way to donate is to click "donate now" on our website; however, if you have any questions about what being a Dream Maker Sponsor entails, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Remember, "every great dream begins with a dreamer..."
Thank you for considering and supporting us!

Planning for our future!

Dear Friends,

The Brandon Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event, including a dinner and silent auction, on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The event will be held at Main Street Bistro & Martini Lounge (200 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46802). The doors will open at 6:00 pm; dinner will begin at 7:00 pm.     

The Brandon Foundation formed from a dream and opened its doors in August 2013. Quickly, we have gained the support of surrounding businesses, organizations, and families, and as we continue to grow, we need your help. It is your support that allows us to guide our students into becoming the successful young men and women we know they can be.

Would you consider helping our efforts? You can help make this a successful event by donating an item, gift certificate, a service, or a monetary gift. Your tax deductible contribution will make it possible for the children of The Brandon Foundation to grow, pursue opportunities, and develop as future community leaders.   

As a supporter of The Brandon Foundation, your company name will be inserted in the evening’s program so that we may thank you for your donation. The program will be viewed by an anticipated 100 attendees from the Fort Wayne community.

You may also be interested in sponsoring a table for our guests that evening. Your company or organization name will be displayed and thanked on your table so all attendees will recognize your valued contribution to help raise money for students’ futures.

We appreciate your consideration. Any donation in support of The Brandon Foundation will be well-received; no gift is too small. Donations may be mailed or dropped off to The Brandon Foundation, using the directions on the attached form. If you have an item that needs to be picked up, please call Melissa Hirsch at (260) 348-9504 to make arrangements. If we have not heard from you by June 30, 2014, we will give you a courtesy reminder call. God’s blessings to you!

Sincerely with thanks,

Caty Holm, Founder, and

The Brandon Foundation Board of Directors