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FUSION nets $125,000 to help homeless families | Letters
The FUSION Board of Directors would like to express their deepest appreciation to all who took part in this year’s FUSION art event, “Fantasia.”
We would like to especially thank the chairpersons, Kathryn Everett and Fran Morris. Under their leadership, at least 95 volunteers organized and prepared an event that will always be remembered as one of the most beautiful and well-planned events FUSION has ever presented. Every detail was carefully managed by the committee chairs that worked in harmony with volunteers who offered their assistance over the past six months in preparation for the fund-raiser.
The Asian-inspired décor set the gala’s theme and was beautifully arranged under sunny skies at the Dumas Bay Centre for the 18th annual event held on Aug. 3. Well-known local TV celebrity Keith Eldridge skillfully presided as the master of ceremonies and auctioneer again this year. Approximately 30 local artists sold their creative art, giving a percentage of the sale to the non-profit, and a live and silent auction featured a vast array of exciting trips and services to name just a few.
Over 500 guests attended the affair. Through the efforts of many volunteers, community supporters and sponsors, FUSION raised a net profit of more than $125,000. Much credit goes to local sponsors: businesses, service organizations, churches, and individuals who pledged over $74,000 before the event even began.
Many businesses donated their services helping to keep our overhead costs to a minimum so that nearly all the funds raised would go directly to serving homeless families in our transitional housing program.
FUSION currently operates 16 fully-furnished homes: 11 condominiums in Federal Way, and 5 homes in Northeast Tacoma. Families that reside in our housing have an opportunity to rebuild their lives in a stable environment while they receive professional case management services contracted through Catholic Community Services. Over 80 percent of the families we have served over the past 18 years have successfully moved on to permanent, affordable housing, becoming stable and self-sufficient. Our all-volunteer organization works to build stronger families and healthier communities. Thank you for making FUSION’s mission possible. Your generous gift of time, services and financial support is greatly appreciated.
Bob Wroblewski, President, FUSION Board of Directors