On October 4, 2011 Truth be Told held their 7th annual fundraising luncheon. This year’s theme was “Crossing Thresholds.”
It was the highest attended annual luncheon to date. Held at the Westover Hill Church of Christ, around 200 people came to hear about the Truth be Told programs, listen to graduates speak about the transformation that TBT has made in their lives, and support the program so that Truth be Told can reach even more women.
The event kicked off with Katie Ford, Behind Bars Facilitator, who shared her story of getting involved.
“Truth Be Told brings out the best in people,” Katie said.
Katie then introduced a group of Truth Be Told graduates, who each told their stories in 30 seconds.
“Truth Be Told allowed me to see that I wasn’t a bad person. I was a good person, making bad choices. It gave me my life back. I wouldn’t be here without Truth Be Told.”
Other graduates spoke of the TBT groups as being a safe place, helping them get in touch with their real feelings, accepting themselves and others, and the only reason they are where they are today. All of the stories shared were those of transformation.
TBT Executive Director Shannon Holtzendorf then took the podium. Shannon shared her story of becoming familiar with the TBT program when her mother went to prison at 50-plus years old.
“It took my mother going to prison for us to learn how to tell each other the truth – even when it hurts,” Shannon said. “Our relationship is stronger than ever because of what this program has taught us.”
Two more TBT graduates stood to bravely share their stories with the crowd. Debra Broussard’s truth was difficult to listen to, filled with abuse and pain and loss. Debra ended with the declaration:
She received a standing ovation as she left the podium, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.
Graduate Margie Stone stood next, saying:
Steve Sofhauser, donor and volunteer, invited the audience to support the important Truth Be Told programs and help us grow into other communities; and finally TBT Founder Nathalie Sorrell took the stage to thank everyone for coming and close the luncheon.
It was a powerful and successful event. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved with or support Truth Be Told, please visit www.truth-be-told.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.