ECFA's 32nd Annual Banquet
On October 7, 2016, there were 247 guests that attended the 32nd Annual Banquet to enjoy these blessings:
- new location
- well-arranged silent auction area
- delicious entrees and desserts
- an engaging delightful comedian
- Emcee Ken’s reflective and historical perspective as ECFA’s Executive Director
- two exceptional fathers’ heartfelt testimonies joined by their families
- three generations of gifted singers and a talented pianist who all attend the same grace-filled church
- a personable professional roving off-duty wedding photographer
- very inspiring responses on the Investment Card
The theme of Fatherhood and accompanying Psalm 68:5 resonated with many guests who acknowledged the program appealed so compellingly to men and women, young people and older people of all ages. With all the heaviness of the pre-election, so many commented as they left that it was such a refreshing evening to feel energized and uplifted.
Of the 247 guests, 67 became acquainted with ECFA for the first time. For 90 attendees who were familiar with ECFA, this was their first event. Sally Boya decorated the tables with a beautiful centerpiece. 6 She sewed Fall-themed squares that displayed five uniquely shaped gourds of autumnal hues all donated by the Ruhle Family Farm of New Berlin. The entrée choices of Walleye Pike and Chicken Breast were so hard to choose from that exactly half of the guests chose one or the other. There seemed to be a lot of fork tasting and sharing between guests during dinner and dessert time at most of the tables. The delectable desserts of chocolate decadence or Granny Smith caramel topped apple pie were placed alternately and hard to stay with just one.
Two-sided cards were distributed to the guests after comedian, Mike Williams’ engaging presentation. He verbally walked his attentive audience through an offering process in such a light-hearted and engaging way. A special area on the back of the card resulted in encouraging prayer commitments for the ministry. There was a total of: 60 pray-ers monthly, 9 for weekly, and 10 daily. Those that chose weekly and daily commitments intentionally crossed out the word monthly and substituted weekly or daily as they made their own choice to commit. One of the daily pray-ers is a 12 year old young man who also began volunteering at the agency a few months ago. He is such an example of Christian maturity to many adults and staff that have met him already.
As for income from that night, $17,000 was offered as a challenge in two separate matches to encourage givers who wanted to double their dollars (photo here). A gross total of $53,341.00 has been given which includes some monies pledged before the year end. After paying for the dinners and other expenses, the net income was $35,562.98. That was the second highest total since the 1993 record keeping began. We were amazed that after Mike’s encouragement for ECFA friends to become monthly donors, a whopping 38 givers responded; 36 new and two current increased their amounts. The combined monthly total of new gifts equals = $1,545 X 12 or $18,540.00!