Friday, April 30, 2010

Our first OH banquet.....a huge success!!

I am so thrilled to announce that our very first kick off fund raiser was a huge success!! I have many pictures coming from the event from our photographer but in the mean time I am borrowing my sister's pics that she took.

We held the event at the amazing, historic, Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. There was a silent auction before the event with 50 different items. The event opened with Stacy Case, news anchor/reporter for Fox News, talking about the story she did on Ordinary Hero for the news this past year and what it meant to her. She was awesome! I then spoke and shared the heart of Ordinary Hero and how it started. There were then 3 Ordinary Heroes that came up and told a 5 minute version of their story. We had one on international adoption in which we helped connect a child from Ethiopia to his family here in the United States. There was another family which spoke about being a foster parent to a child we connected them with. There was also a story from an outreach volunteer who shared what reaching out to help meant to their family. After they spoke, we followed that with this video that I put together which captures the heart of what we are doing. We then had our chairs of the event come and ask for people to prayerfully consider giving to our organization. That was followed by Tyrus Morgan, an awesome artist who also has adopted from Ethiopia, who came up and sang 3 songs for us all to end the night.

So there you go. You now have a feel for what the night entailed. "But I never received an email or notice about it." you say. Well, there is a reason for that. I have such an awesome event committee that by the time they got done selling tables for the event.....we were sold out! That is a good problem to have but we realize we will need to go to a bigger venue next year.

I am just amazed! I am amazed at God, who brought such amazing people on board with this event. And I am amazed with how smooth everything went for our first kick off fundraiser for Ordinary Hero. I feel more and more people are catching the vision to help children who need them to be an Ordinary Hero. By the end of the night, especially after the video, people were moved to action. I feel God has some amazing things in store for our organization and we will continue to change as many lives as we can.

You may watch the video below but you will have to silence the music at the bottom of the blog or you can CLICK HERE, to go directly to the link to watch. I wanted to show what we are all about and what our mission is through this video.

Also, if you are saying "Oh, poop! I would have loved to have gone to that banquet." and you still would like to make a donation and sew into the foundation of our organization please click on the donate button on the right side of this blog to make a donation. We are headed to Africa in July which will take a LOT of money to get us there as well as the clothes and donations that we would like to supply the children. We are also excited about working directly with waiting children once we get there and plan to find these children their families. We then plan on planting a financial seed into the adoption of those special children with whom we connect. Lots of great things going on and we welcome you to be a part of it through your giving. Thank you, as always.

Now enjoy the video. (silence the music at bottom of the page first)


  1. Oh Kelly!
    What a night. You are a total inspiration. An "extra" ordinary hero in my book!
    Our experience in the foster care system that lead to adoption has changed our family of seven forever. With open eyes, I cannot ignore what God revealed. I so desperately want to share the experience with others and make a difference for more. I hope I can join you and your cause at OH when we move back from Hong Kong next year!
    Love & Blessings,

  2. WOW! What an inspirational video and ministry! Such awesome thing yall are doing. Love the picture of the little boy with his fingers crossed in the video. How precious and heart breaking!

  3. Would love to do something in our community like this, wondering if you can give me any pointers on this. We are looking at doing Orphan sunday with some local towns, because no one has an orphan ministry around here or does anything for that matter. So looking at something gradual. Thanks!