Harvesting Hope Fall Fundraiser
As the days get shorter and the leaves start to change, Growing Futures invites our community to come together and celebrate in Downtown Overland Park at Strang Hall’s Outdoor Space on Friday, October 7 from 4-8 pm. Their Harvesting Hope fundraiser is a festive, fall-themed gathering that benefits the 223 vulnerable children and families they serve.
Located in the Downtown Overland Park District, Growing Futures Early Education Center is a nonprofit Head Start organization that provides quality early education opportunities and family support services to children, ages 0-5, and their families, living in Johnson County, Kansas. All Growing Futures families live 100% at or below the federal poverty threshold. That means, for a family of three, they make no more than $22,000 a year, while a livable wage is $60,000 in Johnson County, Kansas.
Enrolled families also have access to a variety of comprehensive support services, including health and nutrition services, onsite play therapy, parent education, mental health, medical and dental health, family support, social services and engagement opportunities. Their education programs are: Home-Based Early Head Start, Center-Based Early Head Start, Head Start Extended Day and Head Start Wrap-Around Care. These programs focus on developing a child’s academic readiness with an emphasis on social and emotional development.
Harvesting Hope will kickoff with live music from Flashback, a wine toss, pie roulette game and a sip and shop harvest market that will be comprised of local and diverse Kansas City vendors from 4-6 pm. After shopping for fall essentials, guests can grab a hearty meal and cocktails, prepared by Strang Hall. The harvest market vendors are graciously donating items for the auction that guests can bid on during the event. Once everyone is seated, our attention will be directed toward the evening speaker, Growing Futures’ new executive director, Mr. Larry Lewis, from 6-7 pm. Silent auction items can be picked up from 7-8.