A Thoughtful Choice
These are uncertain times for our community and our world. At St. John’s, the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff and the greater Green Bay community has been at the forefront since we began instituting changes to our policies and practices in late February 2020 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On March 18, 2020, St. John’s expanded our overnight shelter services and began operating two separate 24/7 emergency shelter locations. This proved invaluable to both promote social distancing and sanitation but also to mitigate community spread when the virus did hit our St. John’s family.
We continue to accept new intakes and be at the forefront of state and national best practices, knowing that homelessness doesn’t stop when a crisis happens. Just as when we opened our doors 15 years ago, our focus is on the guests we serve, our homeless brothers and sisters. When a crisis of this proportion impacts our community, they feel it in ways you and I do not. The heightened mental illness, trauma and depression are all too real for the guests we serve, and they need your help now more than ever.
It was not an easy decision, but we have decided to limit event capacity this year and offer to concurrent options for virtual and in-person tickets. We hope this flexibility makes it possible for you to be part of this year’s event. However, we know how much the hardships of this crisis have impacted our community. If you are unable to attend, know that you are a valued member of our St. John’s family and we appreciate all you do.
The Gala Basics
The 6th Annual Restoring Hope Gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in-person at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center as well as virtually. Silent Auction and Raffle bidding will begin online on Nov. 1. The in-person event doors will open at 5 p.m. with call to dinner shortly after 6 p.m. The virtual event timeline will vary and specific details and a Virtual Watch Party package will be provided to all virtual ticket holders.
As a sponsor and/or ticket holder, you have the flexibility to change your ticket status and have peace of mind in November. Here’s how we are working to best serve you:
- Convert your tickets from in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person up until Nov. 2. Sponsors have priority ticket choice, and can notify St. John’s of their preference by Oct. 30.
- Virtual ticket holders will be provided with a virtual watch party package to guide and enhance your virtual gala experience!
- In-person ticket holders will experience the very best practices and the highest standards of service from the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. In-person tickets are limited due to decreased event capacity to promote social distancing.
- St. John’s is focused on health and safety throughout this event. Sponsors and ticket holders will receive frequent communication about best practices for the Restoring Hope Gala during the COVID-19 crisis.