“Be the change you wish to see in the world” was the theme of our fourth annual Breakfast with the INN Crowd on Friday, April 20. Our friends and partners who contributed their time, talents and treasure over the past several months to the Breakfast certainly embraced this inspiring quote by Mahatma Ghandi. Their efforts lead to the success of the morning fundraiser for which nearly 400 people were in attendance.
Serving as emcee this year was veteran St. Louis television personality, Patrick Murphy, vice president of production for KETC Channel 9. Once again we were honored to have Steve Rupp, director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and vice president of Missouri Right to Life, as our auctioneer.
The program consisted of a new video featuring our night sites volunteers and what serving the homeless in their community means to them and their congregations. Former clients Errol and Anna Moruzzi also spoke on how they have become self-sufficient since their stay at Room at the Inn.
A new feature this year was the Purse Boutique. A lattice wall displayed “quirky” purses for sale at $20 each. Each purse contained a gift certificate worth at least $10 and one contained a gift certificate worth $100. Making a return appearance was the popular Wishing Wall decorated with colorful labels listing “wish” items representing everyday shelter needs and volunteer opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of Breakfast attendees, both the Purse Boutique and the Wishing Wall were sold out by end of the event.
The highlight of the live auction was the beautiful Cardinals quilt, created especially for this year’s Breakfast by the talented quilting ladies of Eliot Unitarian Chapel. They were in attendance as Steve Rupp auctioned off the one-of-a-kind quilt for $2,000.
The fund-a-need oral auction proceeds will help clients directly through the purchase of bus passes, additional night shelter over the 30 days funding that St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund provides for children and gasoline for the program’s van. The 50/50 drawing successfully raised $810 for Room at the Inn. Other auction proceeds, ticket and ad sales and sponsorships will support our general fund.
This success would not have been possible without the efforts of so many dedicated people willing to be the change. We are thankful to our committee members, volunteers, donors, solicitors, advertisers, sponsors and bidders. Because of you, Breakfast with the INN Crowd again received an increase in total donations to help shelter clients this year. Thank you for being the change in the lives of the homeless in our community.