Love was in the air on Valentine’s Day weekend for the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club, and that love spilled over into a recent check presentation at My Friend’s House.
The club held a fundraiser where members could purchase a Valentine’s Day dinner and a bottle of wine, collected from Moon Wine and Spirits, to take home and enjoy in the safety of their own home. . Proceeds from the event — $3,820 in total — went to My Friend’s House, a local nonprofit dedicated to serving neglected, abused or at-risk boys.
“We’re always looking for service projects, and several members have come to us with this idea,” said Lorrie Graves of the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club. “We were so excited to be able to give back, especially at a time when fundraising is a challenge.”
While Moon Wine and Spirits provided the wine, Daily Dish Catering prepared the meals. Club chairman Patrick Shairs was impressed with the group’s ability to raise so much money on an untested idea.
“We were able to donate $3,820 to an amazing organization that does great things to help kids in need,” Shairs said. “Our club rose to the challenge.
Even more love was felt from the staff at My Friend’s House when they learned of the presentation of the cheque.
“It’s huge for us,” said Lauran Jumonville, executive director of development. “It’s an incredible gift during a time of real need.”
My Friend’s House, like most local nonprofits, had to cancel its annual fundraiser due to COVID-19. Its annual event, the Mardi Gras Ball, is a local favorite in Williamson County that provides much-needed funds for its operating budget.
Jumonville said some of the money provided by Rotary will be used to help with spring break activities.
“With school out this week, we could really use some of the funds to take the kids on hikes. We have some art projects lined up, and maybe putt-putt and movies. It’s huge for us. ”
My Friend’s House serves boys ages 12-18 who are in state custody by providing a family environment with a balance of safety, structure, encouragement, care and expectation. Its mission continues to advocate for each resident so that everyone has the opportunity to recover from difficult situations and become successful young adults.