After months of preparation the much anticipated event had finally arrived. Saturday, November 10 over 300 individuals attended The Window’s first Fall Harvest Banquet fundraiser. Jazz melodies performed by the Dean’s List welcomed the guests as they filled the Goshen College Mennonite Event Center to capacity. The Window Board Chairperson, Gay Lehman began the evening’s event by greeting everyone and introducing Master of Ceremony, Randy West. Pastor Tim Rowland of River Oaks Community Church lead the invocation before the delectable five course meal prepared by Katie’s Kitchen Administrator, Dawn Yoder and her staff was served by the members of RESTOR Church. As the guests savored the meal, Mr. West guided them through the program which he sprinkled with a bit of humor along the way. Video testimonials given by two clients and a volunteer gave the guests unique perspectives to the many ways the organization assists those struggling within the community on a daily basis. Keynote Speaker, Elkhart County Jail Chaplain, Cory Martin, expounded upon the testimonies and spoke in great detail about the vital role The Window’s ministry plays within the community, especially to those he ministers to before they are released from incarceration. He explained that often times, The Window is the first place they come seeking assistance. Executive Director, Ed Swartley, closed the evening with recognition of the Banquet Committee Members and The Window Staff. He also took a few moments to express his heartfelt thanks to all those who attended the event and continue to support The Window’s ministry.
Special thanks to the generous support of our Event Sponsors: Clayton Wakarusa, Miller Poultry, Reliance Menno Hursh Insurance and Star Home Center as well as the numerous Table Sponsor for helping make this event a success.