It’s a Chocolate Thing fundraiser succeeds

To the editor:

Gateway to Discovery’s, “It’s a Chocolate Thing” was held in memory of Janelle Cravens.

Thank you to the Fort Dodge community for your support of Gateway to Discovery’s recent fundraiser, “It’s a Chocolate Thing,” held this year at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on November 11. This was an especially difficult time for all of the Gateway family as well as the St. Paul’s family. Janelle Cravens, Gateway’s HSHS’ coordinator, had planned to finalize details and set up for the fundraiser on Friday. That day, instead, the Fellowship Hall was needed for her funeral.

Thank you to the following:

St. Paul’s for the use of their excellent facility and their warm welcome and “beyond-the-call-of-duty” gracious support of Gateway’s ministry.

Vendors who brought tasty treats for people to sample. Voting was difficult. The winner this year of the traveling engraved trophy was the Chocolate Chili (Janelle’s husband and son had planned to contribute) made in honor/memory of Janelle Cravens. Vendors who participated were Gateway’s women residents, Tom Thumb Bakery, Connie Boyd, Scratch Cupcakery, Sisters Nielson and Garces of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Sayer Counseling.

Sponsors: Shimkat Motor Co., Daybreak Rotary, Rasch Construction, Noon Sertoma, Roger and Joyce Garton-Natte, Monica and Andy Shelly, Steve and Carol Pederson, Evy and Phil Somsen.

All who donated items for the Silent Auction. We will not name the generous donors because Janelle knew who they were and intended to give them credit, but the Board was not able to access all of that information after her passing.

All who came and supported us; to the women residents for sharing their stories and talents; to Angela Fisher for picking up and running with the ball to ensure the event happened.

Finally, thank you to the family of Janelle Cravens for giving their blessings to continue with the event and for helping us dedicate it to her memory. Janelle was a giving, faithful, inspirational person and a beloved mentor for the women residents.

Gateway to Discovery is a two-year residential program “Offering Women a Sanctuary for Recovering in Community” in its 5th year and has positively impacted over 45 women and their families. Two generous donors have agreed to a dollar match for every dollar given during November and December so any donations received including the proceeds from “It’s a Chocolate Thing” will essentially be tripled. Send donations to Gateway to Discovery, Box 432, Fort Dodge.

Gateway to Discovery Board

Hans Madsen

Connie Boyd

Joyce Garton-Natte

Cassie Jordison

Josi Pahl

Stephanie Day

Scott Day