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Family Service Homeless Shelter Benefit raises $210K

The 12th annual event was held at Belle Voir Manor in Bensalem

From L: Family Service Director of Housing Services Murielle Kelly, Family Service Chief Executive Officer Julie Dees and Family Service Chief Operating Officer Kristin DeForest. Submitted Photo

On Saturday, April 20, Family Service hosted its 12th annual Homeless Shelter Benefit at Belle Voir Manor in Bensalem. The event raised approximately $210,000, all of which goes directly toward supporting the shelter and its residents on a daily basis, bringing them “one step closer to home.”

More than 150 guests were treated to an elegant evening of music, dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. There was also a call to action and live auction with many packages ranging from fine dining and theater experiences to professional sports tickets/memorabilia, golf outings and unique getaways.

During her remarks, Family Service chief executive officer Julie Dees used a powerful visual metaphor: “Your support tonight, and throughout the year, is an investment in the potential of each person that turns to us for help. Your gifts create the environment that allows our residents to grow, thrive and become truly magnificent. On your tables and throughout this venue, there are 357 acorns to represent the 357 lives, full of potential, that have called the shelter home this past year. Please take an acorn home — put it on your desk, your dresser or kitchen windowsill. Each time you look at it, remember tonight. Remember the work of Family Service. And remember how your support nurtures the potential in our neighbors who need it most. Don’t see the acorn, see the Oak tree.”

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