At the Start of Possible.
SOW’s First Gala and Golf Tournament Raises Over $700,000!
Serving Orphans Worldwide celebrated its first World Tour Gala and Golf Tournament in an effort to raise funds in support of SOW affiliated orphanages around the world. Together, the two events raised $717,664.72, and donations are still coming in!
The Gala was held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, in The Foundation Event Facility of 620 State in downtown Bristol, Tennessee. The event was a huge success, solely raising a total of $659,000.
Dr. John Gregory, Founder and President of SOW opened the evening by thanking guests for their participation in the event. He shared his heart for orphan care with the 300 attendees, and why the organization focuses on orphan care.
“The Bible says that pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is to help widows and orphans in their distress,” Gregory said, “This is just as basic as it gets and that’s what I want to do — basic Bible.”
COO Richard Baker shared that SOW was started in 2009 in response to global economic decline. Many orphanages verged on closing their doors due to lack of funding, which would have left the children exposed to abject poverty, sex and slave trade, and other atrocities.
“We started by supporting 12 orphanages in five countries in 2010. Today, we support 45 orphanages in 25 countries, across 5 continents.” Baker said. “That represents 5,700 children that we care for, and we hope to be able to serve even more after tonight’s gala.”
Monday, Sept. 14, many gala guests stayed to enjoy a golf tournament at the renowned course, The Olde Farm, in Bristol, Virginia. The tournament raised over $60,000 in generous donations for SOW.
Because of SOW’s 100% approach, every penny of both events’ proceeds will go directly to orphan care around the world!
This weekend’s success was only the beginning for Serving Orphans Worldwide, as they continue in their efforts to raise money for vulnerable children all over the globe. If over $700,000 can be raised from the start, imagine what SOW will be able to do in the future with additional support! To find out more about how you can join SOW in the rescue, visit their website at soww.org.