On September 29th, over 280 guests from the Spokane community gathered for the 7th Annual Krista Foundation Breakfast: Forging Hearts of Service.
The program quickly came alive thanks to a special drum performance by Ferris High School students.
Soon after, three Krista Colleagues shared lessons from their service experiences. Each is part of the Krista Foundation's ecumenical cohort mentoring program for service volunteers. Here is a very quick recap:
Meaghan Driscoll served last year in Aberdeen, and is currently working at a shelter in Spokane. She spoke of the challenges and redemption of her service last year, including an unlikely friendship that has shaped her heart.
Jeremiah Sataraka shared a poem that has been inspirational in forging his heart for the city. He invited us into his reflections as he challenges himself to love the city, and spoke on how a national conference helped him gain tools to be of local influence-- especially in issues impacting the Asian Pacific Islander community.
Amy McNair shared about her service with the Tony Blair Foundation, including heartbreaking encounters in an African village gripped by malaria. Compelled by her Christian faith, she spent her service year building interfaith efforts to combat this preventable disease, and celebrates that deaths from malaria are slowly declining.
Overall, guests at the Breakfast help raise $45,000 in gifts and pledges to support the work of the Krista Foundation. Special thanks goes to the breakfast committee, our 40 table captains, and our sponsors.
Major sponsor was Viren & Associates. Event sponsors include Banner Bank, Gonzaga University, Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Waddell and Reed, Washington Trust Bank, and Whitworth University People to People provided all graphics for printed materials, and assisted with the Foundation video.
The Krista Foundation is grateful to all who attended and to many who chose to support its work-- empowering young adults to transform service experiences in to creative lives of service leadership!