Little Lights Urban Ministries

2009 Fall Newsletter

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Volume 9, Issue 4 Page 2 Ignite the Light Banquet & Silent Auction in praises to God. Folk musician Wendell Kimbrough also performed selections from his excellent CD, Find Your Way Home. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty sent his greetings and congratulations to the crowd, as did the Consul General of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Yongchun Cho. The event also served as the perfect kickoff for Little Lights' new Ignite the Light Monthly Partnership, made up of supporters who are committed to giving each month as an investment in the futures of the children we serve. At the banquet, supporters pledged to donate more than $16,000 in monthly gifts over the next year. (That's on top of the resources raised through the banquet's ticket sales, auction items, and one-time donations!) Josie Ortega Fundraising Coordinator On October 23, more than 225 Little Lights volunteers, supporters, staff, families and friends gathered at the Hilton Arlington to raise funds for Little Lights' programs and celebrate God's grace in this organization and in the lives of the kids here. Guests enjoyed a fun and elegant evening of dining, music, and silent auction bidding; but inspiring testimonies were the evening's true showstoppers. Featured speaker Virginia Ward and Little Lights parent Pat Hill shared especially moving words, and sixthgrader James Guerrero spoke on what Little Lights means to him. Current teen intern Cierra Peterson told of how the academic help and personal support she received as a young student now inspires her to serve younger kids in the same way. Little Lights Urban Ministries is so grateful to all our friends, old and new, who made the Ignite the Light Banquet and Silent Auction a huge success, and to the Ignite the Light Charter Partners for your great investment in the lives of God's precious children in Southeast DC. The dedication and generosity of the Little Lights community is astounding. Without these committed supporters, our work would not be possible. How Does My Gift Help? Your gift helps us to continue, improve, and expand our afterschool, summer, and mentoring programs and services as well as support full and part-time staff who will build meaningful and impactful relationships with the children and families. Your support also provides part-time employment to teens in Potomac Gardens and other DC neighborhoods who are in need of job training and experience as well as an opportunity to give back to the community. $50 Provides one month of meals and snacks for one child during our after-school programs. $75 Sponsors one child to participate in our Christian mentoring program for one month $100 Provides one month of reading and math tutoring sessions, including curriculum $250 Provides one month of after-school programming including art, recreation, and homework help $500 Provides one month of housing and utilities for full-time staff at our ministry house in DC's Anacostia neighborhood How amazing to see such a wonderful group of people, of various ages, races, churches, and backgrounds, all gathered to support Little Lights and our students! The enthusiastic performance of the Little Lights Gospel Choir prompted the whole audience to clap along with the choir's singing and dancing $1,000 Sponsors one month of living expenses, excluding housing and utilities, for a full-time staff. For more information on becoming an Ignite the Light monthly partner, visit our website our contact call 202-548-4021.

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