Driving Thru 2020 Gala
by Teresa Jackson on September 8th, 2020

People have written entire books on learning to be grateful. Gratitude journals are used as a tool to reflect on the things in our lives for which we are thankful. In our pre-Covid culture I think it was easy to become complacent about the mundane, everyday-ness of life. In September of 2020, the daily grind of February 2020 would be a welcome relief! We now understand how precious our time was when spent freely with people we love. I look back and feel immediate gratitude for the gift of attending a worship service, shopping in a mall, eating warm chips and salsa from the never-ending kitchen of a great Mexican food restaurant or even having friends over for a backyard barbeque on Labor Day. I am so grateful for the gift of travel! I am not so patiently waiting for the day it is truly safe to board a plane and visit my family in Wisconsin. I am so grateful for all of these simple pleasures that brought joy to my life.

One of the routine events of my life is the annual Sharing Life Gala. We plan from the ending of one Gala until the big night arrives the next year. We love sharing our passion for the mission and telling our stakeholders about how we have served our community in the previous year. The 2020 Gala provided plenty of opportunity to show how quickly the Sharing Life team could tackle an unexpected circumstance and meet the challenge with excellence. I am grateful for so many things about our Driving Thru 2020 Gala. I am grateful for our Gala Committee chairs, Lori Nesler and Tracy Panousieris. They worked long and hard wrangling volunteers, staff, popcorn, M&M’s, boxed meals, and so much more. Everything they do is done with great intention and care. I am grateful to our sponsors. Let’s be honest. The event is a fundraiser. Without our sponsors the show would not go on. Every penny of every dollar matters to us. Every gift from our guests makes a difference in the lives of those we serve. I am grateful to our vendors who provided their best efforts to bring their products and services to Driving Thru 2020. I am grateful for Alan Paul. He makes us look so good! When you see us looking like a Fortune 500 company in print media, you are seeing the impeccable work of Alan Paul. I am grateful to my team. I would especially like to give a huge round of applause to Jacob Taylor and Shanna O’Shields. These two went above and beyond. Seriously, folks. They gave the blood, sweat, and tears needed to get stuff done. 

I am grateful for YOU and to the God who sustains us every, single day!

"When the peace of Christ rules in our hearts, thankfulness overflows. Even in the darkest of times, we can praise God for his love, his sovereignty, and his promise to be near us when we call". (Psalm 145:18)

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