Pathways 25th Annual Event

May 20, 2024
Pathways 25th Annual Event

Kindred is proud to work with the non-profit Pathways to Independence, creating the design and website for their annual fundraiser. We sat down with fund developer Erin Wilson to hear about their recent successes.

‍Pathways to Independence is a nonprofit, can you tell us about their mission?

The mission of Pathways to Independence is to transform the lives of disadvantaged single young women through education, therapy, mentoring, housing, and healthcare, to break the cycle of poverty and abuse. Over 30 years we have helped nearly 400 women and 80% have graduated from college!

What's your role at Pathways? What do you love about your job?

As the new Director for the Friends of Pathways auxiliary fundraising group, I am in charge of managing a large team of dedicated and talented volunteers who compassionately and generously donate their time and talents to throwing one of the best fundraisers in our city! We spend about 8 months planning a huge party in the public streets of Long Beach, CA that sees 700 attendees and continues to surpass its goals. In the past 25 years I am pleased to say the Party in the Park event has raised nearly $8 million for Pathways to Independence!

This year Friends of Pathways celebrated 25 years of fundraising with your event Passport to Pathways. How did the event go? Was it a success? What challenges did you find?

This year saw several challenges; the most obvious being the pandemic. As Covid 19 cases in our area greatly fluctuated, we thought it best to err on the side of precaution. We replaced the usual huge party in the streets with a more intimate affair that kept people in smaller groups for the duration of the event. Three incredibly gracious homeowners hosted backyard parties for 100 guests in our theme of "Passport to Pathways: European Adventure". Each party had its own destination theme (Paris Sevilla, and Athens) including decor, costumes, food, live music and performances.  Finding live acts to fit the theme and budget was a big challenge (unfortunately the pandemic forced many people to leave the entertainment industry) but I am happy to say we secured wonderful musicians and dancers. Though we couldn't all be together and the event was scaled way back from its usual scope, guests had a very fun evening and I am proud of the way my team of volunteers rallied and pivoted to provide a unique solution to this very important fundraiser. Best of all, we surpassed our goal and raised $760,000!

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