|This is an exciting time for HeartReach Center! Opportunities to grow and better engage people in need abound. More is on the line now than ever before, and we must work together to reach those whose lives hang in the balance.
WHY A BANQUET?
The annual friendraising/fundraising banquet is a unique way to join forces with HeartReach Center because:
- It is IMPACTFUL! Not only does the money raised provide for a significant portion of HeartReach Center's annual operating budget, the ministry reports, stories of lives changed and powerful keynote speaker messages profoundly impact those who choose to attend.
- It allows "old friends" to introduce "new friends" to the ministry. This occurs when "old friends" host a table and personally invite their friends to attend and sit with them. If this is you, just check the "Yes, I would like to be a Table Host" box when you register, and you'll receive all the information you need immediately via email.
- It provides an opportunity for potential "new friends" who have heard about HeartReach Center to learn more about HeartReach before choosing to engage.
DO I PAY FOR MY SEAT/MEAL IN ADVANCE?
Admission to the banquet is FREE to all guests thanks to underwriting from local businesses and private community supporters. However, since the primary purpose for this dinner remains fund-raising, we do ask that attendees come prepared not only to learn about HeartReach Center but also to invest financially.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE EVENT?
The dinner itself consists of a catered, plated meal with water and/or tea, dessert and coffee. Dinner will be followed by ministry updates, a word from HeartReach Center executive director, Joyce Moropoulos, an engaging talk by featured speaker, Ryan Dobson (see bio below), and the opportunity for attendees to make a financial contribution.
* Adults only. Smart casual attire.*
HOW DOES REGISTRATION AND GUEST SEATING WORK?
Seating assignments are filled primarily through table host invites. Since table hosts take responsibility for inviting like-minded friends and community leaders to fill their table of eight, this makes their tables "reserved." If you are registering today in response to the invitation of a table host, please make sure to select his/her name on your registration form so that you will be correctly assigned to that host's table.
Open seats will also be available. If you are registering without any formal invitation or connection, simply note that on your registration form. You will also be given the option to write in the name of others you do know and with whom you'd prefer to be seated. Once table hosts have had a chance to fill their tables, we will begin filling open seats. Please note: attendees must register in advance to attend or be registered through a table host.
Thank you for considering the opportunity to be part of HeartReach Center's banquet. HeartReach Center impacts thousands of lives each year. Each life touched or saved creates a ripple effect with eternal implications, and your support allows HeartReach Center to continue engaging these dark places with tangible services offered through the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Together we ARE making a DIFFERENCE! Let's keep up the good work!
Ryan Dobson is leading a rebellion not for the faint of heart. It’s a rebellion that fights for the hearts and souls of parents and families. Our culture has been tipped on its head over the past 20 years, and therefore the approach to helping families get healthy has to be profound. It was this mindset and understanding of culture that prompted Ryan and his wife, Laura, to found REBEL Parenting. Ryan has combined his natural abilities and passion for public speaking to significantly engage and challenge parents and families in every stage of life… but in a revolutionary way. NOTHING is "off the table." The old rules about "What you can and can't talk about" have been thrown out the window! The state of marriage and parenting is in such a state that “leading a rebellion” may be the most effective way to bring healing and help. It is in this atmosphere of total honestly, grace, truth and love that the messiness of this life can find wholeness.
Ryan is no stranger to strengthening marriages and parents. He is a product of successful parenting, living a very public life as the son of America’s foremost family expert, author and radio broadcasting parenting specialist Dr. James Dobson. He launched his own radio broadcast with the purpose of “building passion and identity in Christ followers.” For two years running he had nearly 10 million listens. He then helped his dad found “Family Talk” and also served as the Vice President of the broadcast.
With that rich background, he left “Family Talk” to begin REBEL Parenting because “to impact a culture like ours, sometimes you have to start a REBELLION.” Why? Because marriage is hard, parenting is harder. The struggle is real. But, it’s always worth it. As Ryan has said, “The value of having a great marriage is beyond description. Being close with your kids beyond comparison.”