Our trip to Medellin opened our hearts and minds to the problems with poverty and the lack of resources to deal with these issues properly. The number of homeless children in Colombia is staggering. According to Unicef, the exact number of homeless, aka street, children is impossible to quantify, but is likely to number in the tens of millions or higher, and some estimates place the figure as high as 100 million. Our first year, our event focused solely on helping nurture these children by building three orphanages in Colombia. We did this by partnering with ICM, an established 501(c) nonprofit organization that has been around for over 30 years in the ministry. ICM has built over 10,000 churches/Hope Centers/Orphanages in 90 countries to date. In 2013, we added a local charity, Boys and Girls Country. Boys and Girls Country has raised, loved and nurtured 1750 boys and girls to become self-sustaining and contributing adults.
Our events have raised over $1,300,000 and helped build over 40 orphanages, hope centers, as well as helping Boys and Girls Country locally.
Our first event was held in October of 2012. The event was put together rather quickly (from our perspective), but was a huge success. We raised over $115,000 and also raised awareness about the needs to people internationally.
Over the past years, we have continued our annual event and had a ball. We have had amazing entertainers from painters (David Garibaldi, 2014 and 2021 and Dan Dunn, 2017) to comedians (Michael Jr., 2015) to music (Molly and the Ringwalds, 2016) to magicians (Ben Jackson, 2018 and Matt Fore, 2019). This year will be no different, as we will enjoy a full Cirque themed evening of entertainment, as well as DJ Corey to dance the night away. We have raised over $1,300,000 in the last ten years which has helped build 43 Hope Centers worldwide and support Boys and Girls Country locally.
We are pleased to announce that in 2022 we were able to raise over $130,000 to continue to raise awareness and money for ICM and Boys and Girls Country helping children both locally and internationally, and providing a great night for our supporters.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that helps make this event a success year after year.
If you would like to get actively involved, please get in touch with us. We want to continue to meet and increase our goals, and can only do that with your help.