Thank you to everyone who was able to make the party last night. Friends from all walks of life came together and literally packed the house. Over wine, Michi Sushi, live jazz and some good conversations over $17,000 was raised on behalf of World Vision.
The gifts purchased collectively through World Vision's Gift Catalogue included:
- 17 goats
- 36 chickens
- 23 ducks
- 5 cows
- 1 rabbit, sheep, fish pod
- 8 soccer balls
- $1900 medicine & rescue/restoration to human trafficking
- $13,800+ to maximum impact fund (general)
The total is still climbing but is currently above $17,000. Pretty incredible for one little dinner party amongst friends! Thanks again for all who could make it. Together we made a dent on what Bono refers to as "stupid poverty" - that is poverty dictated simply by the zip code you are born into.
Speaking of zip codes, earlier this year the Wall Street Journal reported San Jose CA as one of the highest median household incomes of any major city in the country. Such reports confirm the Silicon Valley as one of the most densely populated and richest areas in the entire world. In such a context the words the Apostle James inspire us to look not only to our wealth but to those who are in need.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1:27