HEARTS OVERFLOWING – OPEN HEARTS HIGH TEA & OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
We Need You
This year GHM will have two major events and for each one we need our wonderful supporters to step forward and help us out. On Sunday, April 23rd will be our second annual Open Hearts High Tea to recruit members for Esther’s Friends and on Saturday, August 19th we’re having our second Annual General Fundraiser (possibly another A Night of Dreams), which is critical to all of our endeavors. Both events are major undertakings and our table hosts are one of the most important keys to the success of our events.
What is a Table Host?
A Table Host is someone who is excited about the opportunity to help us share the work and message of GHM with their friends, family, acquaintances, and associates. This is the primary motivation for stepping up to this task. If you believe the job GHM is doing in Central Asia and the Middle East is an important one, then you are a prime candidate. We’re going to work hard to produce a quality event to inform and entertain your guests. We just need you to invite them, encourage them to attend, and host them at the event. If you love us, then you have everything you need to be a successful Table Host.
Open Hearts High Tea
Plans for the Tea are already underway. In fact, we’ll mail the Save the Date cards out at the end of the month. We’d like to include your friends on our mailing list, so please let us know you’re interested as soon as possible.
The job is easy and fun. Here’s the fun part. Our table hostesses decorate their tables with their own table settings and imagination. You can use your grandmother’s fine china, a colorful collection of unmatched place settings, your Christmas dinnerware or anything your creativity suggests. Last year’s tables ran the gamut from very elegant to charmingly whimsical.
The other fun part of your job is inviting your friends to the party. First, gather up the names and contact information of all the women you think might enjoy the tea – members of your Sunday School Class or Bible Study, friends from church and other organizations, your next door neighbor or best friend from high school. Tell them all to look for the Save the Date card in the mail and find out who thinks they’ll be able to attend.
The most important part of your job as a hostess is to build excitement among your guests and motivate them to attend the event. There is no charge for the tea, but we’ll need your help as we confirm your guests’ reservations and arrange their seating around your table. In some cases, your guests may need suggestions for car-pooling or other logistical issues.
Last year’s tea was an unqualified success and we think this year will be even more fun. Hostesses will be admitted early to set up their tables and then the doors will open. The excitement will be contagious. Our primary purpose of the Tea is to engage the hearts of women to join Esther’s Friends, our women’s volunteer group.
The August Fundraiser
Table Hosts are just as important for our Fundraiser, but their role is somewhat different, because our purpose is different. Raising financial support is our primary goal and to be successful we need two things.
First, the cost of the event must be covered so donations received at the evening will go directly to our bottom line. For this reason, we ask our table host to confirm their sponsorship with a donation covering the cost of the meals at their table. The cost of hosting a table in 2017 has yet to be determined, but in 2016 table hosts paid $500 for 9 seats, which included a GHM staff member at each table.
Covering our costs is important, but the whole purpose of the event is to fill a room with people who have a desire and an ability to financially support our ministry. Like the Tea Hostesses, the most important part of your job as a Table Host for our fundraiser is to build excitement among your guests, but we’re asking you to also qualify your guests as possible donors.
Sponsorship at a variety of levels will be available, so as you’re inviting people to attend, if there are those who can’t attend, but would like to participate, there will be opportunities for them, too.
Share the Overflowing Joy
You can partner with Global Heart Ministries s a Table Host at either or both of these events to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.
We invite you to explore this vision and consider being a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the most unreached regions of the world.