“Hope,” wrote Emily Dickinson, “is the thing with feathers/that perches in the soul/and sings the songs/without the words/and never stops at all.”
And sometimes hope is the person with an ACE t-shirt, and all the people s/he brings into the movement to support Catholic schools. One example: Sarah Grey and her band of Denver Advocates, who on a cold, snowy February weekend hosted a wildly successful Happy Hour fundraiser for Ignatius Loyola Catholic School.
Transitioning gracefully from a full workday to fundraiser prep, Sarah arrived at the venue with arms full of baskets and balloons and all manner of event décor. Lindsay Fitzpatrick carried in her own carful of supplies, and with a little help, the two began to hang photos of the Loyola kids, lay out table cloths, and arrange auction items. They hung a “giving tree” with red construction paper advertising myriad donation items, from colored pencils to games to clocks, and placed a small basket at the door so folks could throw in cash contributions. Kathy Steinlage brought the finishing touch—ACE Advocates flyers to place on each table.
At the end of the night, the event raised $1900, almost doubling last year’s amount, and providing another reminder that the Spirit drives this movement, singing the songs without the words, and never stopping at all.
Denver ACE Advocates celebrate the success of their Happy Hour Fundraiser