The Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s only homeless shelter, welcomes CBS broadcaster and former PGA golfer David Feherty as the keynote speaker for its annual gala on Saturday, Feb. 23. The gala, hosted by WFAA Channel 8 reporter Steve Stoler, is the primary fundraiser for The Samaritan Inn, and this year the event is sponsored by Capital One Financial Corporation.
Last year, over 700 people called The Samaritan Inn home, and 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to shelter, food, clothing, counseling and life skill classes. The mission of the program is to help people return to independence within the community, and over 72 percent of their population succeeds.
"Capital One is committed to investing in programs and partnerships that expand economic opportunities for individuals, families, and communities,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Capital One’s Plano-based Financial Services division. “We are proud to support The Samaritan Inn and their efforts to provide critical, lifesaving services to individuals and families throughout Collin County.”
Marianne Richardson, Gala Chair, shared: “This year’s Gala will focus on the children whose families have been forced into homelessness by the unfortunate consequences of our country's economy. The Inn provides these children safe, secure and much needed respite from the unstable environment, hunger, and fear associated with their parents’ plight, while their parents focus their efforts on obtaining job training and gainful employment.”
Splash Media, LP has also agreed to donate the entire production services for this year’s Gala. CEO and Co-Founder Chris Kraft says: “Splash Media is a longtime supporter of The Samaritan Inn and is thrilled to play an active role in this very special event that will help so many people experiencing homelessness.”
The gala will also include a seated dinner, hosted bar and silent auction. Tickets are $200 each, and tables of 10 are $2,500. Table hosts will also enjoy a private reception with Feherty. Sponsorships at all levels are still available. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to TheSamaritanInnGala.org.
About The Samaritan Inn
The Samaritan Inn was established in 1984 after community leaders joined together to address the issue of homelessness in Collin County. Twenty-five years later, The Samaritan Inn is still the largest homeless program in a county of over 762,000 residents. All services and support are provided free of charge through funding made from donations by churches, service groups and organizations, corporations, and individuals. The Samaritan Inn is also a member of the United Way of Collin County. For more information about The Samaritan Inn, visit TheSamaritanInn.org.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One applies the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in their commitment to communities across the country as they do in their business. Capital One recognizes that helping to build strong and healthy communities — good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families — benefits everyone, and Capital One is proud to support community initiatives.