Welcome to Project Home Indy’s brand new blog! Each week we’ll be using this space to share our most pressing needs, our very latest successes and our really exciting news with you.
And, speaking of really exciting news… this first juicy tidbit is a doozy!
It started on a whim… a you never know unless you try kind of thing. Our executive director Sarah Nielsen needed a speaker for the annual fundraising event in May. So, she decided to go big. She threw caution and doubt to the wind and contacted Glennon Melton - author, speaker and internet rock star. “I could have never imagined we would receive a response from such an incredibly busy person,” said Sarah. “But the worst she could say was no, so I went for it.”
Glennon is one of Huffington Post’s most popular contributors, has a book on Amazon’s Best Seller list that hasn’t even been released yet and leads a massive online group of women called the Monkees. The Monkees are part support group, part fundraising flashmob. Their breakneck successes have included everything from sending a woman with stage four pancreatic cancer, her husband and their eight children on their first vacation ever to teaming up with Microsoft to transform a school in Maryland that serves special needs students. Glennon and the Monkees are a force to be reckoned with. If they get behind your cause, you’re almost guaranteed success.
That’s why Glennon’s email and subsequent blog post, accepting Sarah’s invitation and giving a big Monkee shout-out to Project Home Indy, evoked the response it did. In an email that Glennon posted on the Momastary Facebook page (over 58,000 members strong), Sarah wrote, “I am shaking, sobbing, crying with joy. As I read your message last night, I cried my eyes out, yelling “GLENNON MELTON ANSWERED MY EMAIL!” To which, my husband had to shake me and say, “SARAH, what did she say?!” And then through garbled whispers and heaving sobs, I cried, “she said yes!””
She said yes. Glennon Melton is the keynote speaker for the Boutiques and Brunch Benefit for Project Home Indy being held at the Madame Walker Theater on Sunday, May 6, 2013. This two stage event starts at 11:30 with a brunch, silent auction and boutique shopping provided by some of the area’s most unique and popular retailers, followed by Glennon’s presentation at 2:00. Seating is limited to 200 for the brunch and 900 for the keynote. Tickets are on sale now at: www.projecthomeindyandmomastery-efbevent.eventbrite.com/