The city of Mission’s Family Adoption Committee will host the first-ever fundraiser for the group since its inception in 2006. Former city councilwoman Suzie Gibbs, who heads up the group, said funds will go toward the family holiday adoption program that provides meals, gifts and decorations to families during the holiday season.
A pig roast fundraiser and silent auction will be held at The Welstone at Mission Crossing on Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All auction items have been donated, including a private boxing lesson from Sweet Z’s Gym, a one-year family membership to Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, and a private, six-person dinner cooked at the winner’s house by Carl Scavuzco, the chef at Welstone.
While donations are usually enough to cover the committee’s needs for the holiday season, Gibbs said she’s received calls for help during the rest of the year, as well. The fundraiser will allow the committee to have a fund to pull from in order to help more families, she said.
“We do see some poverty in northeast Johnson County,” Gibbs said. “I don’t like to turn people down when they’re hurting, because they probably called other places before they get to me. Whatever we can do, we like to do, but we also need the funds to do that.”
Last year, the committee helped 91 families during Thanksgiving and 64 families during Christmas with $14,000 worth of donations, Gibbs said. The committee receives help in the form of personnel and space to host holiday programs, but does not receive funding from the city, she said.
“We don’t just take gifts and plop them down, we make sure that the people are being taken care of,” Gibbs said.
Tickets cost $25 per person, and can be bought from Mission Parks and Recreation Administrative Supervisor Kathy Lockard at (913) 722-8206. In addition to the pig roast, the event will feature brisket from Johnny’s BBQ and craft beer from Sandhills Brewing. For more information, contact Gibbs at (913) 671-8564.