The gala raises needed funds for MUST to carry out its ministry as well as providing a platform to tell its story. The faith-based organization serves people in need in Cobb and Cherokee counties.
MUST President and CEO of 10 years is John Moeller. He said, "The work of MUST is about building a stronger community. The primary goal is to serve our community by meeting needs and transforming the lives of our neighbors who are suffering from economic hardship."
In 2010, MUST served 33,000 individuals through services and programs including housing, financial assistance, food pantry and education on skills necessary to obtain and maintain a job.
"MUST is made possible by all those in our community who want to give to those most in need," MUST volunteer committee chair Tricia Pridemore said. Pridemore, a full-time volunteer since 2009, works with food and clothing donations as well as client services.
"The real impact comes by our leadership in uniting many constituencies (the faith community, civic clubs, corporations, etc.) across a wide spectrum of the community to work together - each person and each organization providing what they uniquely can offer," said Moeller, who began his work with MUST as a volunteer while attending McEachern United Methodist youth group.
In 2011, MUST expects to coordinate another 250,000 volunteer hours, $4.7 million in philanthropic dollars, and millions of dollars of in-kind resources to ensure a widespread and deep impact, according to Moeller.
"MUST Ministries demonstrates that giving to the least of us is good for our community. When people need help, they need to know that their neighbors want them to be happy and successful in this world," Pridemore said.
"These years of service to the community through MUST have been the most exciting years of my life," Moeller said.
The cost for the gala is $150 per person. Tables and sponsorships are also available. To donate goods or services for live or silent auction or for information, email Betsy Mathews at bmathews@must ministries. org.
MUST, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, is located in Marietta at 1407 Cobb Parkway North, approximately 3.5 miles north of the Big Chicken. For more information, call (678) 218-4524 or visit www.mustministries. org/ springgala.