You are Invited to Host a Table
Coram Deo's Annual Banquet
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
What am I supposed to do as a Table Host?
It’s actually quite easy, but critical to ensuring a successful event. One of the first things you do as a Table Host is to set two goals:
1. How many people would you like to come as your guest?
2. How much money would you like to raise for the women we serve?
I would encourage you to spend time in prayer on these goals. We would be happy to talk through them with you as well to give you an idea of what others have done. Once you have these goals in mind, it’s time to start inviting people!
Our recommendation is that you plan on inviting twice as many people as you would like to attend. We find that it sometimes takes inviting many people to accomplish one table of 10. If you need help thinking of who to invite, we’d be happy to brainstorm with you. Keep this in mind: It will be an amazing inspiring afternoon, with lots of laughter and tears. You want everyone to be able to experience this, from your hairdresser, your mailman, your coworkers, peers, neighbors and family members.
It’s good to share your fundraising goal with those you invite. Oftentimes, though someone cannot attend or would prefer not to, they would be happy to make a donation, to help you achieve your goal.
As a Table Host, we encourage you to invite those who will sit at your table and enjoy a free dinner and moving program. Guests will be asked at the end of the program to help support Coram Deo by making a monthly pledge and a one-time donation. We do everything we can to make it easy for you and your guests to donate. Donations are accepted by cash, check or credit card the day of the event.
Why should I be a Table Host?
Ultimately, it feels good to give! Isn’t it true also, that the more we give the better we feel? I know that is true for me. Not only do you raise money to support Coram Deo, your friends will appreciate you for introducing them to our organization. You are giving them the opportunity to support Coram Deo’s Mission: Help women struggling with addiction and abuse rebuild their lives and families - that’s something to feel good about!
What if I cannot fill a table?
No Worries! There is no penalty if you cannot fill a table. If you are unable to fill your table please let Coram Deo know as soon as possible so we can help you!
What if I fill more than one table?
No Worries! We will put your two or three or more tables directly together. If this does happen, that’s awesome! We would only recommend that you designate someone at each table to play the hostess during the evening, as there are certain responsibilities that still need to be done. We also have seasoned table hosts and hostesses we can designate to sit at your table and lead the evening if you are uncomfortable asking one of your guests.
How much money do I encourage people to give?
There are many different ways to approach this - and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses depending on the table host. Some share their goal and ask for a specific amount towards that goal. Some want to know what the actual cost for the meal is per person. We estimate about $50.
We encourage you to let everyone decide on their own while giving them enough information to make an educated decision. For more information on the cost of our services and why we actually need to raise money in the first place, click here.
It is VERY IMPORTANT however, that if you have guests COMING to the banquet they NOT write their checks ahead of time. We want to give them an overview of the organization and hear the stories of the women before deciding how much to give. At the end of the event Mike Williams, our comedian and champion, will lead everyone in an opportunity to give in three separate ways: One Time Donation – Monthly Giving – and Volunteering. You do not need to speak of these things prior to the event, we trust that God will move the hearts of those He has called to give and that He will instruct them what and how to give.
What do I actually do at the event?
Simply check in at the registration desk when you arrive and pick up your table packet. All table seating will be clearly identified for each Table Host. Enjoy the program, talk about Coram Deo and have a good time with your friends. Toward the end of the program, you will be asked to distribute the pledge cards to your guests and collect them before leaving the room. As you exit the room, please hand your packet back to the volunteers at the door. It is a nice touch to send thank you notes to all your guests following the dinner.
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
The Aqua Turf Club
556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT
1:30pm Doors Open
2:00pm Dinner and Program
What is the suggested process of organizing a table?
Every good host/hostess is strategic about planning a get together, this is no different. When filling your table and sending your invites think about the dynamics of your table and your guests. Consider if you should invite both husbands and wives; consider your position at work when inviting co-workers. You would not want to have someone feel pressured to come or give based on your relationship with them; while at the same time you want to be able to share freely why YOU are doing this – what Coram Deo means to you and why you have chosen to support our organization. You also want to consider who has the capacity to give – this is not the ONLY factor, but since it is a fundraiser, it is an important factor.
We would also encourage you to invite only those who have not been to our banquet before. We are working on developing other events for those that have already come and heard about our great work - but we are trying to reserve this event for newcomers to our organization. Of course we would never turn anyone away - but our seating is limited this year as well. If someone who has been expresses and interest in coming and sitting at your table again, just let them know that they are welcome to register, but your plan is to fill a table with new people each year.
We will provide you with as many invitations as you need. If you run out, call us and we will send you more. We suggest you contact your invitees right away and begin distributing invitations. Have your guests register online as soon as possible. It makes organizing the day of so much easier. We will send email reminders to everyone the week prior to the event and we will check in with you weekly to keep you informed as to who has registered for your table.
What is cost of the banquet?
The expense of the banquet itself is almost entirely covered by generous sponsors, who with gifts ranging from $500 to $10,000 believe in the mission of our organization and want to help empower women to rebuild their lives on more solid footing.
We are always looking for more sponsors, whether that be corporate or individual – this helps make our banquet more successful. If you know someone who may be interested in sponsorship, click here.
It is important to understand that we want this to be a fun, entirely stress-free time for you. Set a goal! If you achieve it, great! If not, that’s okay too. With over 8 banquets behind us, what we understand most of all is that the banquet represents four distinct goals on the part of our organization:
Who We Are
Coram Deo is a leading provider of recovery housing in the state of Connecticut. With five homes and 44 beds we have served over 2000 women, children and families in the past 11 years. Our Vision is to bring the love of Christ to those that are actively recovering from addiction and abuse. We do this through the provision of transitional living and supportive housing programs and services.
As a not for profit 501©3 transitional living facility, 38% of our expenses are covered by the residents themselves. The remainder of our budget needs to be met through grants and donations, so we rely heavily on the community to help support our vision. Our Christian faith is the foundation of our organization, but we recognize each woman is unique and has to make their own spiritual choices, so we do not require participation in any Christian-based treatment programs or meetings.
We become entirely invested in the women we serve and their families. Each woman is unique, yet they all have one thing in common: They want a different way of life. We teach them their past does not have to define their future and we teach them how to make different choices which lead to different outcomes. We receive referrals from rehab centers, prison and homeless shelters and frequently the women we work with come with only the clothes on their backs. Oftentimes we are the only support they have.
We have five homes housing 44 women who live in community to provide support and care to each other. Our homes have a mark of excellence and we strive to have the highest quality in everything we provide because our ladies are worth it. In 2014 we opened housing for women and children and since then we have partnered with The Connection to bring quality extended services to our moms to ensure that their children have everything they need to be successful.
If we stopped at providing clean, drug free housing, it would be of tremendous value to the women. At Coram Deo, we believe in going the extra mile. We have a staff member assigned to each of our entry level houses. Each resident receives individual case management and an Individualized Recovery Plan. The plan is designed with the client and meant to set small, steady, achievable goals that will bring about the desired result: A life free from addiction that is healthy, happy and productive.