This past Saturday, October 6th, NK Fishline hosted "Breakfast with Fishline,' a fundraiser featuring Richard Lemieux, author of "Breakfast at Sally's," an uplifting novel about his journey from wealth, to homelessness, to near suicide, and back to life again.
The event was held at Gateway Fellowship Hall in Poulsbo. Volunteers welcomed guests at the door.
Over 100 people attended the event. It was a great turnout!
The program included a prayer by Pastor Tom Duchemin, of Gateway Church. Mark Costa, Director of Communications and Development at Gateway introduced NK Fishline Executive Director, Mary Nader spoke briefly about NK Fishline, hunger, and homelessness in our area. She then introduced Jordan Erickson, Steven Stanton, and Alane Basco-Yu who spoke about their own experiences with Fishline.
Richard (shown above with Pastor Duchemin) spoke about how he ended up homeless, the "hand up" that the Salvation Army provided for him, and the many hands that helped him in his journey. He shared his heart touching account of when he was completely hopeless and ready to end his life, his dog Willow saved him. Today there are several missions and shelters opened in Willow's name.
Rick Lander closed the event, thanking all who attended, the speakers, and especially Richard. He awarded the winner of the raffle gift basket, who turned around and gifted it to one of the speakers, Jordan!
Special thanks to Gateway Fellowship Church, Starbucks, Mor-Mor (for the FABULOUS bread pudding!), and Valley Nursery for the edible centerpieces and other decor. As always, thanks to all the volunteers who made this such a successful event!