Due to the National Health Emergency, the Bartko Foundation cancelled our 14th Annual Irene's Dream Luncheon & Boutique Shopping event that was scheduled for Saturday April 18th. This is one of our largest fundraisers in support of single minority mothers in their efforts to improve their lives and the lives of their children. We are grateful for the continued support of our corporate sponsors: The Heinz Endowments, CentiMark, Union Home Mortgage Corp., and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. We are deeply touched and appreciative of the donations made to date by some of this year's registered table sponsors and contributions made by some previous luncheon participants.
However, if you’ve attended the luncheon in the past, you know that much of the money raised comes on the day of the event, through our vendors’ sales and table donations. Because of this year’s cancellation, we came up short by over $18,000 on our Irene’s Dream fundraising goal. So just like so many human beings all around the world, the Bartko Foundation has been forced to press on, and adapt and overcome in these unprecedented times. And we need your help to do so.
We are launching this on-line fundraiser today to give all of those that have supported us at our luncheon and beyond the ability to help us make up for our shortfall. We are setting a goal of $18,500 to be raised by Mother’s Day, to match our prior year’s average fundraising efforts. We ask that if you are able to do so, that you please help- so we are able to continue to be supportive of the women that reach out to us during these unprecedented times and to be able to assist them with their self-sufficiency goals in the future. You can help by donating through this GoFundMe campaign.
Please visit our website at www.bartkofoundation.com to see a video from this year’s luncheon Honorary Chair, Tammy Thompson, sharing why she supports the Bartko Foundation. Please, won't you help us reach our goal of $18,500 while supporting, connecting and celebrating with the women in your life? In times like this, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are and we, at the Bartko Foundation, are tremendously grateful for you and your assistance and support