This past weekend the Barber National Institute (BNI) held its annual Christmas Ball, marking its 49th anniversary. When Dr. Gertrude Barber started the first ball, she was happy to have 50 people in attendance. Now, it has grown to be one of Erie’s largest events with over 1,200 guests dancing the night away.
Today, fundraising is key to the survival of non-profits. With federal, state and municipal budgets slashed, non-profit organizations are dependent on funding from private philanthropy and local support. When communities band together and support a cause, amazing accomplishments can occur. Organizations such as Best Buddies, Special Olympics, One Step Beyond and BNI have prevailed because they are supported by people like you — people who believe in a world of equality and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.
This holiday season and throughout the year, I encourage you to find a local non-profit organization that is near and dear to your heart and support them as they support your community. You can make a difference!
As St. Francis of Assisi said, “For it is in giving that we receive.”