The Board of Directors for the Lee County Homeless Coalition has made the decision to cancel the 13th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction scheduled for November 4, 2017 due to the impact that Hurricane Irma has had on our hurting community. This decision was not taken lightly and was made because our fundraising event relies heavily on donations from small businesses and community leaders that are hurting from storm damage and weeks of lost revenue.
In an effort to be mindful of our business and civic-minded supporters, we have decided instead to host an online silent auction. Bidding on items online supports our mission to “to advocate, educate, and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning, and implementing solutions.” Because this is the Coalition’s main fundraiser for the year, we encourage you to consider supporting us through the online silent auction.
Many of our sponsors and donors have requested that we keep their donations and ticket items to continue our efforts supporting our member agencies. Please help us continue our work in the community and put together a gift basket or silent auction item. We rely on your support to continue to our efforts. Please contact us directly if you prefer that we refund your ticket price or donation.
What does the Lee County Homeless Coalition do with the funding that it receives from events like the Dinner and Silent Auction? The Coalition works faithfully to advocate, educate, and promote awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness. We organize meetings, advocate with elected officials, and connect members in a network of service providers. More than that, we support our member agencies with funding that helps them achieve their mission to impact the lives of those who face tremendous challenges. This year, the Coalition board made $31,000 in grant funding available to twelve Coalition member agencies.