Durham Event DurhamCares 5/4/11

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

Attendees listening

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.