SARASOTA, FL — Bridge a Life, a leading, local non-profit that brings Christ-centered hope to orphans by supporting foster and adoptive families through awareness, training, outreach, and partnerships, will host their First Annual Fundraiser on Thursday, April 21, at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch beginning at 6PM.
The evening will include speakers who will highlight Bridge a Life’s local and global initiatives. Raffle and silent auction items will be available, along with authentic Ugandan food that can be sampled during the Cocktail/ Meet and Greet hour, followed by dinner. Sponsors for the evening include: New England Machinery, alltrust, Gardinier Florida Citrus, Armentrout Chau & Associates CPA, Harvest Wealth Management, Herald Tribune, and Sea Isle Motel.
Currently, in the 12th judicial circuit (Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties), there are 1,288 kids in foster care and only 118 licensed foster homes. Bridge a Life is passionate in their mission of helping recruit loving foster and adoptive homes to care for kids, and rallying volunteers who can support these families so they can be successful in raising kids who come back tough backgrounds.
“The 12th Circuit currently has 100 kids coming into care each month, and Manatee County has more intakes than any other county in Florida,” said Jody Jester, Executive Assistant of Bridge a Life. “The need is tremendous, but this is not just a local issue. Child abuse, neglect, and abandonment are major issues that need to be addressed locally and globally.”
During the evening, the team will share photos and stories of both local outreach as well as their global care for vulnerable children as part of the Ayinza project, located in Mpongo, Uganda. Twice a year Bridge a Life sends volunteers to assist villagers with community development projects including a school lunch program, child sponsorship for quality education, clean drinking water and hygiene education, plus more.
Locally, in 2015, Bridge a Life volunteers provided respite care for more than 200 foster and adopted children and prepared and delivered meals for more than 100 foster and adoptive families, while providing much-needed emotional support.
“There are so many kids in need and it’s so easy to make a difference. We know not everyone is called to foster or adopt, but we believe that everyone can play a part. That’s why we are so passionate about raising awareness, because we feel that so many more people would be compelled to help if they just knew the staggering need that lies in our own community and beyond,” says Kaitlyn Leake, Bridge a Life Board Member.
Bridge a Life salutes its more than 75 local volunteers who serve passionately in order to minister to foster and adoptive families. “We are excited to celebrate one family in particular, whose many years of service locally and globally have propelled Bridge a Life to where it is today,” said Danny Jones, Founder and President.
To purchase tickets or become a sponsor for the April 21st at 6PM dinner benefiting Bridge a Life and the Ayinza Project, call Jody Jester at 941.306.8628 or go to https://www.bridgealife.com/events/2016-fundraiser.html
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