Fundraising or not? Is it tacky, insensitive, desperate? If we decided to raise funds for our adoption, does that mean we don’t trust God to provide? Does that mean, we should not have embarked on this adoption journey to begin with? Are we making our friends uncomfortable or are we giving them an opportunity to actively participate in our journey?
A few years ago, Mr. Thrasher declared war against all debt: Paying off Paul’s student loan and our car, and limiting our credit card use to emergency expenses only (like unforeseeable car repairs or vet bills) helped us eliminate all debt. Our Dave Ramsey-like diligence lead us to believe that we could follow our dream to adopt without going into the red. Our plan to finance our adoption consisted of responsible household budgeting and saving, brainstorming creative ideas to generate extra income (occasional wedding planning gigs, selling modern handmade crafts), applying for adoption grants and asking Santa and birthday fairies for money in leu of gifts. Oh, yeah, and pray to God for provision. We knew that if this adoption was truly part of God’s plan for our family, He would show us a way. He would provide.
Eventually, prayers concluded that it was okay to reach out to our community for (financial) support. While we had a humble yard sale benefiting our adoption at the beginning of the year, it wasn’t quite the attraction and thus participation and profits were sparse. It was a garage sale after all and we didn’t have much to offer besides our
junk treasures and Emma’s adorable lemonade stand.
This time around, we wanted to celebrate our progress and bless our friends to thank them for their support. So we decided to do what we do best: throw a party. First and foremost, we wanted to celebrate the completion of our homestudy. Secondly, we wanted to share our story, advocate for adoption and clear up a few adoption myths. The fundraising part of our event was supposed to be more entertainment than a cry for
cash help. A silent auction seemed to be perfect. A crockpot chili dish also didn’t do our guests justice. Instead, a spread of delicious food, desserts, wine and beer seemed more appropriate to give back to our friends. Let’s not forget that Thrasher Events was the creative mind behind this celebration.
Facts and figures for our Thrasher Adoption Celebration:
61 adults. 34 kids. 24 volunteers.
Silent Auction $1,500. Checks $1,750. Cash $360. (Expenses $500.)
Silent Auction Sponsors
More Silent Auction Sponsors
Ana M., Caroline R., Hannah W., Holly D., Jen + Jon C., Katie Buehler Photography, Laura M-F, Lisa Monda @Sublime Salon, Mary R., Ryan N., Sharon K., Steve + Toni B., Vanessa C.
Who made it all happen?
Craft Team: Allison C. + Jessie H.
Food + Desserts: Regina N., Anna W., Leah N., Lori + Allyn B., Kym F., Candace R.
Setup Crew: Candace R., Karen M., Lori B., Kym F., Nita T., Iman H.
Media + Playlist: Candace R.
Childcare: Iman H., Kirsten P., Melene N., Amy C., Natalie M., Anna K., Kaitlyn D. // Coordinator: Amber W.
Venue generously provided by our awesome church:
Photo Credits: Jan Faye Captures Moments
Do you think fundraising amongst friends is appropriate? When does it become and annoying? What kind of fundraising ideas are fun and entertaining? Tell me, how do you really feel about fundraising?