Our fourth annual summer fundraiser was a great time. We introduced a new way for the whiskey/wine pull where we had almost 50 bottles of alcohol as prizes determined by a giant Plinko board that was center-stage. Within 40 minutes of the BBQ, all the bottles had already been won. The event raised over $10,000 and featured a barbecue pork steak dinner cooked to perfection by the MFA Oil team, and a cornhole tournament won by Eric Bowe and Christina Bailey. The grand prize was a Mizzou cornhole set.
In addition to the revenue from ticket sales, participants could choose to sponsor the organization at a price anywhere from $500-$10,000. There was a card on each table highlighting a child from the Missouri Heart Gallery grounding the attendees on what the fun event was all about.
President/CEO DeAnna Alonso said the barbecue was a way for people to relax, connect and talk about what they could do and why they care about children in foster, adoptive, and kinship families. “It is about people’s hearts and about what the connection is to the future of our children,” she said. “We need a lot of people thinking about the future of our children.”