On April 4, 2019, ASAC hosted its first Champions of Hope breakfast at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. Champions of Hope was a “friend-raiser,” intended to connect with people who didn’t yet know about ASAC and our services. A packed house of 145 guests enjoyed breakfast, learned more about ASAC services and heard personal stories from people whose lives have been impacted by substance use disorder. The event raised $21,000 that will be directed toward ASAC’s general funds.
ASAC’s Board Development Committee has been planning Champions of Hope for several months. Our new Fundraising Director, Adam Lau, came on board in mid-February—just in time to help with the final details.
Adam explained, “Our Board Development Committee did an amazing job setting up Champions of Hope and getting guests excited to attend. While a main goal of the breakfast was to raise funds, it was, more importantly, an opportunity to establish ASAC as a community-supported organization and to connect with people interested in becoming supporters.”
ASAC’s own Facilities Lead Cindy Johnson was one of the speakers at the breakfast. Cindy shared her story of continuous recovery from substance use disorder and traced where she was in the past to now celebrating 10 years in recovery.
Champions of Hope was sponsored by Collins Community Credit Union; ESG Professional Accountants; TrueNorth Companies, L.C.; Premier Investments of Iowa, Inc.; Iowa Solutions; Technicom Communication Systems; MindFire Communications; and Modern Piping, Inc.