Good start

Place to Lay your Head raises more than $2,500

The inaugural “A Place to Lay Your Head” roomscapes fundraiser for Family Promise raised awareness and more than $2,500 at the organization’s event on Oct. 1 and 2 at Foothills Mall.

While executive director Kathy Parkins had hoped for larger crowds, she was happy with the turnout for a first-time event.

“I thought that it was a great start for us. We had good publicity and it increased awareness of what we’re doing. It was a small, but a good start,” she said. “We hope to continue it in the future, adding some things to make it even better.”

Parkins said there were a number of activities competing with the Family Promise event over the weekend, plus the weather was pleasant and many stayed outside rather than go to the mall. “I think the people who came enjoyed it. It wasn’t what we hoped, but we think it was a good start.”

Parkins said the event, which featured 10 designers, raised awareness in the community about Family Promise. “We appreciate the people who came. We had good feedback. It gives us a jumping off point to make it bigger and better for next year,” she said. “I think we raised between $2,500 and $3,000 so we’re happy with that. I’ve been told that with first-year fundraisers if you break even, that is good so we’re pleased.”

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