It can be overwhelming sometimes. We turn on the news and, within minutes, become saturated with stories that make our hearts heavy and faith in humanity weaken. We see images of those in need and struggle to believe that any effort we make can really ever truly make a difference. We appreciate our lives, yet feel guilty that we have so much. We just wish that we could give the world a hug sometimes.
There is a way you can make a difference. There is no such thing as a small gesture – every step forward that we take to help others is a step in the right direction and there are more ways to give back than you may even realize.
The Harvest Ball Society was founded in 1987 and has grown to become the largest not-for-profit organization devoted to raising funds for charities in the Northland. Over the years, the Harvest Ball Society has distributed over $7 million to agencies committed to helping others, with 22 grants provided to organizations in 2016 alone. Past recipients have included Feed Northland Kids, Hillcrest Hope Ministries, Platte Senior Services, Miles of Smiles and The Farmers House. The Harvest Ball Society identifies those organizations that have the potential to impact people's lives and then provides them the resources they need to make a change. And, they can only do that due to the generosity of people like you who realize that we can make a difference.
The Harvest Ball Society hosts two major fundraisers a year – the Adorn Style Show and the Harvest Ball – both of which fill the room with hope for a better future. The Adorn Style Show will be held on Saturday, September 16th at the Arvest Bank Theater at The Midland. A pre-event for VIP ticket-holders will begin at 10 a.m., with general admission following at 10:30 a.m. Attendees can explore the Avenue of Shops before and after the runway show. This fun event, which features style trends and the opportunity to spend a little time with girlfriends, is so much more than a style show. It's an opportunity to take a step forward and know that your contribution will be part of something bigger. The runway might give us some fashion ideas, but kindness and generosity are the best trends of all.
The Harvest Ball, which will be held on November 18th at the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center, includes a cocktail reception, program and dinner, followed by a night of dancing in the beautiful ballroom. Held during a time when we all begin to get stressed over the holidays – with countless gifts to buy and errands to run – it's a great reminder to take a breath and realize that the best gifts we can give in life don't fit under the tree.
So, in a world where the news is heartbreaking and we struggle as to how we can truly make a difference, know that you can. Your contribution is noticed. Your time is appreciated. Your heart, full of hope for those you can help, is truly felt.
For information about the Adorn Style Show and the Harvest Ball and tickets, please visit www.harvestballsociety.org.