Back in May, I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite local organizations on an event in Durham. DurhamCares is an engine that fuels nonprofits in our community with volunteers and donations. They also have a Success Grant program where nonprofits receive a donation once they have reached a certain goal, i.e. X number of meals served for a community kitchen. The simple motto, "love your neighbor," is what they're all about.
DurhamCares was instrumental in bringing Dr. Tim Keller to Durham for an evening event at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Tim leads Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and heads the Redeemer City to City program, a church planting mission. As a thank-you for coming to Durham, DurhamCares hosted and Gather Together planned a benefit for City to City at Rigsbee Hall before the event at DPAC. Take a look...
Awesome evening light at Rigsbee Hall
Sprucing up the centerpieces
Centerpieces up close: white Fuji mums, yellow roses, euonymus, tiger's paw, sea holly & curly willow
City to City info table
Info table and catering table arrangements up close: euonymous & sea holly
Catering by TROSA, one of DurhamCares' partners - they did a fabulous job!
Henry Kaestner, DurhamCares founder, introduces Tim Keller
Tim speaks about City to City
Hors d'oeuvres - yum!
Rigsbee Hall's exposed brick wall is a great backdrop
For an event on a nonprofit budget, a killer venue makes for effortless style. The room had the most beautiful evening light which warmed the industrial, repurposed, modern space.
After the successful benefit reception, An Evening with Tim Keller at DPAC drew a huge crowd. Proceeds went directly to DurhamCares partner organizations.
People gather outside DPAC
Crowds find their seats
A choir of multiple churches from multiple denominations sings praise
Tim speaks on loving your neighbor
A packed house
DurhamCares put together an amazing event. Find out more about them here. They are doing great things in Durham!
All photo credits to Chad Sattler.