Appleton Downtown, Inc. honors Flight to Building Opportunities
About two years ago, Beth Clay, executive director of NAMI Fox Valley, and Beth Hoffman, The Arc Fox Cities’ former executive director, got to talking and realized they shared a similar dream. Each agency had outgrown its small, cramped building and needed a new home to accommodate their growing programs, services, and staff.
That dream turned into a fundraising campaign known as The Flight to Building Opportunities, and was led by an amazing group of public servants who affectionately became known as The Flight Crew. Led by Hoffman and Joe Troy, former vice president of NAMI FV’s board, more than a dozen Flight Crew members accomplished an amazing feat. They raised more than $1 million to turn that dream into reality.
Fast forward to present day. The Arc Fox Cities and NAMI Fox Valley are now co-owners of their beautiful and spacious new home at 211 E. Franklin St., Appleton. We also rent space to other nonprofits. The Fox Valley Sibling Support Network, Prevent Suicide Fox Cities, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Fox Cities, and the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin-Fox Cities, have also moved into the building.
Collectively, we have created a downtown nonprofit park, connected by a common theme within our missions: Each agency is committed to serving vulnerable, marginalized and underserved people in our community. We are all agencies of “people helping people,” operating on tight budgets and the generosity of volunteers, supporters and donors. By sharing a building and other resources, we can now stretch our dollars even further for programs and support services.
So what a surprise it was when Appleton Downtown, Inc. (ADI) paid tribute to its new neighbors (us, the nonprofits) by bestowing the The Flight to Building Opportunities with one of its top honors: its annual President’s Award.
On behalf of the Flight Crew, Beth Clay and Sonia Barham, current executive director of The Arc, accepted the award (to a standing ovation!) at the ADI annual Dinner & Awards Celebration held March 12 at the Raddison Paper Valley. Thank you, ADI, for this special honor and such a warm welcome to the downtown community.
Thank you, also, to the nearly 400 community donors – individuals, families, corporations, foundations and participants, for believing in our dream. With donations ranging from $2.11 to $100,211, the collective power of each and every gift has created new opportunities, strengthened our community, and will touch countless lives – today, tomorrow and well into the future.