The Port Ministries (“The Port”), a multi-faceted nonprofit serving the poor on the South Side, will host a fundraising event on Sunday, Oct. 26, from noon to 4 p.m., at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. in Merrionette Park.
The benefit event is open to the public and will offer entertainment, music, prize drawings, a silent auction, Sunday football viewing and children’s activities. The Port is seeking donations for gift baskets and larger items for the silent auction from local businesses and individuals.
“Over 250 people attended the event last year and we’re hoping even more come out with their friends and family to support us and those we serve on the South Side,” David Krug, Director of Operations at The Port Ministries, said. “We’re an independent charity, which means that we don’t receive regular funding from the government or any larger organization. We rely solely on the generosity of individuals to help fund our programs for the disadvantaged.”
In August, the Port also announced the hiring of David Hommy Gonzalez as the organization’s Development and Marketing Director who said, “the Fall Harvest of Hope is not just our annual fundraiser; it is a celebration of The Port Ministries. It is a moment where we can thank and share the accomplishments of the organization with our friends, volunteers, supporters, staff and board members. The event is also an opportunity to gain new friends and supporters of our work. It is an honor to join The Port Ministries and be part of the good work being done here.”
The second annual Fall Harvest of Hope Celebration is The Port’s largest fundraising event of the year. Tickets prior to the event are $30 for adults, $15 for children (under age 20) and kids under age 5 are free. Admission includes all-you-can-eat-and-drink including: food, beer, wine and soda. Grand prize raffle tickets are $50 for prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000 (winners need not be present to win – only 500 tickets to be sold).
Tickets will also be sold at the door for $40 for adults and $20 for children (under age 20). Visit www.theportministries.org for more information or call (773) 778-5955 to purchase raffle tickets, benefit tickets, donate prizes or make a contribution.
The Port Ministries (“the Port”) was founded in 1985 by Friar Augustin “Father Gus” Milon, Order of Friars Minor (O.F.M.) to serve the very poor of Chicago’s Back of the Yards and surrounding South Side neighborhoods. The Port represents an alternative to the drugs, gangs and violence of the streets in addition to providing programs to families in need.