Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Fundraiser for Sacred Beginnings

My good friend (and bride-to-be) Meghan contacted me a few months ago asking if I was willing to be apart of an awesome fundraising event to benefit the grassroots non-profit organization, Sacred Beginnings. As Meghan began to share about Sacred Beginnings, I couldn't wait to hear more about the organization and the event!

Sacred Beginnings was started by Leslie King in 2005. Leslie is a former drug addict and prostitute herself, with 25 year of experiences on the streets. Nine years sober, Leslie has turned her life around and decided to give back to women who are the same struggle that she was once in!! Sacred Beginnings exists to help women transition to a healthier lifestyle by providing a unique opportunity for women in recovery to live family style with other women who are experiencing the same challenges. Leslie started with one house in 2005, and she now owns/operates four recovery houses for women who she personally rescues from the streets of Grand Rapids. At these houses, the women live together and learn how to get their life back together while looking for employment or taking classes. Leslie works tirelessly around the clock to maintain this growing non-profit and also relies on volunteers to help get these women on their feet again by teaching them valuable life skills like building resumes, budgets, etc.

The fundraiser was organized by a few local, influential women who had heard Sacred Beginnings' story and insisted on helping them fund their efforts. Well, a couple weeks ago, the fundraiser took place in Grand Rapids and I attended in order to support the event and also document it! :) It was an evening for women to come and eat chocolate, drink wine, do some shopping and meet some of the women who are in the program or have graduated from it. All proceeds from the evening went directly to Sacred Beginnings to help fund existing and future needs. An exciting event to be apart of, needless to say!!

All that said, here is a sneak peek at what the evening looked like!!

The event took place at my new friend, Sue's house... Sue also let me take some of Mandy & Kris' engagement pics at her house the next day, too... she has a fabulous piece of land!! Thanks for opening up your home, Sue!!

Some of the Sacred Beginnings ladies helping host the event!Local women donated gently used goods for our own little secondhand sale!
One of the SB ladies sharing her artistic talent!
Our youngest attendee! How cute is he??
Leslie, sharing her story!

I love the interaction in this picture! So fun!My beautiful friends came out to support SB! Here is Rori and you may recognize Bride-to-be, Lauren!
Leslie and her women of Sacred Beginnings! What beautiful women :)
Great fundraiser, ladies! Thanks for letting me be apart of it!!

1 comment:

Jeremy and Marie said...

We are thinking about you, praying for you, and are so excited for you and Jonathon!
I have loved looking at all your pictures over the last couple of weeks. You are incredibly talented!