Thank You to Everyone Who Gave
The HIS Vision Project is thrilled to announce that the second annual Eye Ball Masquerade Gala was a phenomenal success! With over 100 attendees and the incredible help of many volunteers, interns and organizations, we were able to raise $9,000. The generosity of our sponsors and supporters made it possible for Humbly I Serve (HIS) to be fully sustained for three months! We cannot begin to describe our excitement and gratitude for all that God has provided during the past few months of planning, fundraising, and prayer.
“The support from the local community for this event was overwhelming, uplifting and encouraging. I’m so thankful for all those that participated. The funds raised will make a difference to the lives in our community and abroad,” Melinda Wilson, CEO and Founder of HIS, said.
For those of you who do not know, The Eye Ball, which took place Friday, Feb. 13, was an exciting night filled with food, music, casual and ballroom dancing, a silent auction table, photo booth, and speaker Jessica Hodges.
Jessica is a gifted writer, wife of almost 20 years, mother of four and an interior designer. Currently, Jessica is writing a book about the adoption of her youngest son, Knox. She has a Facebook page called Walk Humbly, where she encourages others through what God has been teaching her.
We were touched to hear Jessica speak at the Eye Ball this year as she gave her testimony. She shared the journey God has taken her through the process of adopting her son and all that He has taught her.
Jessica also expressed the importance of vision and eye care for children, as she couldn’t imagine having a child with poor vision and not being able to properly take care of him. She dove into the mission and vision behind Humbly I Serve and the importance of supporting the organization.
Along with Jessica’s testimony and the exquisite meal, the guests enjoyed a live band, dancing, or taking fun photos with props in the photo booth. We were filled with joy as we saw the enjoyment, laughter, and connections throughout the night.
Leah Seavers, one of our interns here at HIS, had the privilege of being involved in both the planning and attendance of The Eye Ball. From painting picture frames days before the event to being the event photographer, she experienced all of that hard work and preparation come to fruition the night of the ball.
“I heard everyone’s comments about how they were impressed with this year’s event, which was really encouraging to me,” Leah said.
Leah said she really enjoyed walking around to take photographs and watch the guests and couples mingle. Seeing as it was one day before Valentine’s Day, there was no better time to host a Gala for all those lovely couples looking for a new way to spend the holiday. Although there were many aspects to the evening that contributed to the overall entertainment, Leah said her favorite part was watching guests get into the photo booth to take silly pictures with their friends and loved ones.
The team here at Humbly I Serve is thankful for the opportunity to raise money and reach people for the cause of Jesus Christ all while having fun.
“Providing eye care to needy residents of Central and Southside Virginia has always been extremely important at Harman Eye Center and Eye Surgery Center of Central Virginia,” Mary Harman, Administrator, said. “We are very happy to once again support the HIS Vision Project to benefit others in need of eye care.”
Also, a special Thank You to the generosity of local businesses who put together the silent auctions. Without all of our sponsors, this event could not have been a reality! We look forward to seeing you all again at next year’s Eye Ball! You can see our Facebook page for more photos of the event.