The 2017 Fish Party Nets over $2500 to Support Hearts and Heroes

posted Aug 30, 2017, 8:41 PM by Hearts in A Box   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 6:55 PM ]
It was a beautiful summer day in Michigan last Saturday when Hearts in a Box held it's Annual Fish Party Fundraiser and Raffle. A crowd estimated to top 100 enjoyed an evening of fine (or should we say "fin"?) food, 50s jukebox music, and a Soda Shoppe-themed atmosphere while socializing and raising funds for the HIAB Hearts and Heroes campaign. We're thrilled to report
that our generous party-goers and sponsors helped us raise over $2500!

Guests vied for 18 incredible prizes provided by area businesses. After everyone dropped tickets in the jar of their favorite prizes, winning tickets were drawn by a special guest, Sgt. Ed LaFay, and his daughter. Sgt. LaFay is the friend of HIAB Director Stephen Taritas who first inspired our care package program years before we became a non-profit. We were thrilled to have him with us and thank him for his continued service to our country! We're also pretty happy with that idea he helped us with so long ago. How far we've come!
Sgt. LaFay and daughter draw raffle tickets

And now for some heartfelt gratitude from the Board of Directors to everyone who made this event possible. We are truly blessed with supporters who love our mission as much as we do!

--To all who helped plan, clean, cook, organize, supervise, entertain, or just keep everything moving in the right direction before, during, and after the event. You are too many to name, but you know who you are and we appreciate you all more than you can imagine!

--To our 2017 Corporate Sponsors: Handeholder Products Inc, Conlin Travel, Stante Excavating, and TPS, Inc. for their generous financial support of our programs.

--To those organizations and individuals who provided us such a fine array of raffle prizes for this year's drawings: Hilton Garden Inn - Ann Arbor, The Graduate Hotel - Ann Arbor, TownePlace Suites by Marriott - Ann Arbor, Emagine - Saline, Real Seafood Company - Ann Arbor, Stella & Dot, The Purple Rose Theatre, Vera Bradley - Briarwood, Lake Forest Golf Club, Mac's Acadian Seafood Shack, Aubree's Pizzeria and Grill, Sandman Creations LLC, and Robin Owen Photography. Thanks to Robin, too, for photographing this event for us. (We can't wait to see what you captured!)

And finally, a HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us for the party. From the delicious food you added to the potluck to the products you donated for filling care packages to the financial support you provided through your support of our event and raffle, you are the #1 reason we succeed in meeting our goals each year. Bless you one and all!

Here are a few more moments from the event. 
Guests dressed in 50s attire enjoy the Soda Shoppe props
putting the Fish in the fish party

Selling tickets and collecting product donations for care packages