Local Nonprofits Raise More Than Funds
October 10, 2019 by Greta
The transition from summer to fall is always a bit bittersweet, but it helps when you are almost too busy to notice the time fly!
We’ve learned over the years that there is a seasonality to fundraising as well, and with so many amazing local nonprofits to support, it is no wonder we are overwhelmed in all the goodness! Take a moment to celebrate with us. Not only did we support the back-to-back Transitions and SNAP events from October 2nd, but we also debuted a summer-long documentary project for the Spokane Arts 2019 Art Awards which was held at the Lucky You Lounge on September 28th – the evening was an inspiring blend of music, interactive art, food, beverages, and just an amazing celebration of leaders within the arts community! Hear more about the crazy juggling act of supporting 4 events in a single week in our Vlog… which we somehow found time to make, too. 🧡
On October 2nd, the Transitions “People Who Care” breakfast program kicked off bright and early in the morning, and the table hosted by Rogue Heart Media was filled with good cheer, open hearts, but never enough coffee for our caffeine hungry attendees. We’ve had the joy of donating event photography for the last several years, and sharing a video made the event this year extra special.
We enjoyed a beautiful series of speakers, applauded the recognition of this year’s Marie Pizelo Award recipient, and were tremendously moved by the stories of healing, recovery and community created by this local organization serving women and children. Our video project, which highlighted the Transition’s EduCare services, played as a chapter in the breakfast program and was very well-received. Needless to say, watching the adorable children growing and learning in the safe and supportive EduCare environment inspired more a tear or two in the room. Plenty to be proud of, but it was particularly inspiring to learn that the day of fundraising resulted in $157,000 of annual support for Transitions – $30k more than last year!
That same afternoon, Team Rogue Heart headed downtown to the SNAP “Ode To Opportunity” luncheon event which was packed with powerful speakers and moving programming demonstrating the huge community impact that SNAP makes each and every day for thousands of Spokane area residents. Our video project was screened at the peak of the hour, adjacent to Kent Hoffman’s very effective keynote speech, and the film nicely encapsulated the variety of SNAP services offered, the depth of communities touched, and the individual voices of folks whose lives have benefited from SNAP’s assistance in some way or another. It was a remarkable experience to be able to capture and share those stories with a room filled with supportive individuals and community members, and we were thrilled to learn that the event raised over $120,000 in annual funding for SNAP.
Later in the month, our nonprofit event ventures took a little different spin, when once again we photographed the Spokane Beard & Mustache Club’s 8th Annual Epic Beard Competition and captured the fun camaraderie, friendly competition, and exceptional cast of characters who participated in this year’s event! The album of competitor photos and portraits makes it pretty easy to see why this crew is beyond fun and provide a pretty fantastic snapshot of the passion and detail invested in each and every facial hair creation! Everyone present was certainly a winner, in addition to champions being crowned in 13 different categories – not to mention the fact that the event raised over $20K benefiting Teen & Kid Closet and River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary! This local Spokane community event attracted participation from awesome facial hair clubs hailing from near and far, and was supported by numerous incredible event sponsors . We love partnering with such passionate organizations who have such a a good time working for good.
This early fall season has been such a fun whirlwind, we already can’t wait to do it again next year!