BEND, Ore. - The Family Access Network is the recipient of a $19,600 challenge grant from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund in support of the 2013 FAN Private Dinner held in February.
Those attending the private dinner knew their contributions were going to be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to the generosity of the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund.
The FAN Foundation raised $19,600 that evening. The total amount of $39,200 will provide essential services to 392 students and family members for one school year. These services will enable children to come to school ready to learn, unencumbered by family problems, so they can excel in school and life and contribute to their communities as they grow to adulthood.
Nancy Childers, FAN Donor Relations & Marketing said, "This is the second year hosting a private dinner party and both have been quite successful. This year, due to the excellent support and organization of several FAN board members and staff working with our dinner host, we exceeded our fundraising goal. All of the food and supplies were donated by local businesses and 35 individuals attended and contributed."
FAN began in January 1993 and currently employs 25 advocates in 43 public schools (K-12) and 3 early childhood sites. FAN's mission is to improve lives by ensuring all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services. FAN is unique to Deschutes County, utilizing advocates to efficiently reach and connect disadvantaged children and families with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, health care and other critical services.