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2021 Challenge Campaign Goes Over the Top - Thank You!

Challenge Succeeds--Thank You!Wow! THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2021 ESTHER challenge match campaign, which ended on December 31.

When everything was counted, during the last quarter of 2021, 50 people either made new contributions or increased their support 2019 ESTHER Challenge results bar graph: Goal $5,000; Received: $7,028during 2021 over 2020, for a total of $5,115 in response to the $5,000 challenge pool!

We are so grateful for such a wonderful response to this campaign during these challenging times. Your support helps ensure we can have even greater impact as we work to share hope, build community, and stand for justice.

ESTHER February 6 Banquet Cancelled

WHAT?! IT’S NOT HAPPENING?

Our concern for the health and safety of our community along with the year-end sale of Liberty Hall (our venue) brought an end to plans for ESTHER’s Annual Banquet planned for February 6!

ESTHER’s Work Continues

Please support our continuing efforts to build community, share hope and stand for justice by making a financial contribution. Contributions in any amount are appreciated. Donations of $50 or more by Febuary 28 will receive a copy of The Gift of Our Wounds, by Pardeep Kaleka (our intended keynote speaker) and co-author Arno Michaelis, along with a printed copy of ESTHER’s 2022 Yearbook.

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We are planning a fall gathering, to be held outdoors on September 15, featuring Pardeep Kaleka. Stay tuned for details.

Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your steadfast support of ESTHER.

 

Help ESTHER Double Its Impact

Help ESTHER Double Its Impact!

Prison Reform Vigil at Governor’s Mansion

With less than a day left in 2021, time is running out for ESTHER to claim a $5,000 challenge grant that can double new or increased contributions received before December 31.

We’re very close to claiming the entire $5,000 challenge, thanks to generous support from so many friends of ESTHER. But we’re not there yet!

Your gift today can help put us over the top. Will you consider financial support of ESTHER before midnight tonight, Friday, December 31?

Yes, I'll Help!

In these times, when there are so many negative challenges, it’s wonderful to have this positive challenge—an opportunity to help make ESTHER stronger for the work of the future.

For 17 years, ESTHER members have been working tirelessly to tackle the challenges that face us in building a better world: challenges like racism, mass incarceration, childhood poverty, unfair immigration laws, lack of adequate public transportation … and so many more. We tackle these challenges by working WITH people who are most affected by them. We raise up, train and support leaders in their communities. We advocate for systemic changes that make our community better for everyone who lives here. We educate the public through forums, films, speakers, and other events. We educate ourselves through intensive self-study and reflection.

Will you help us do more, by responding by December 31 to this challenge grant opportunity

Yes, I'll Help!

See our progress here.

Less than 24 hours to go in ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction

ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction ends at 3:00 pm tomorrow, November 7!

Remember, 95 items on offer—including a number of must-see choices

… for yourself or as holiday gifts for your family and friends. For example:

  • Fine Relic wines and Giant Jones craft beer sampler
  • A Jordy Nelson-autographed NFL Football
  • Many art pieces, including paintings and ceramics, by regional artists
  • A wide selection of gift baskets, handcrafts, antiques
  • A pair of new TSL snowshoes and an APEX G3 Total Gym

Check out these items soon at esther-foxvalley.org/auction, because bidding closes tomorrow, November 7, at 3 pm.

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Note: The auction supports ESTHER‘s ongoing work of building community, sharing hope and standing for justice in the Fox Valley. Thank you!

ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction is Now Open for Bidding

ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction is Now Open!

Offering nearly 100 items—must-see choices

… for yourself or as holiday gifts for your family and friends. For example:

  • Fine Relic wines and Giant Jones craft beer sampler
  • A Jordy Nelson-autographed NFL Football
  • Many art pieces, including paintings and ceramics, by regional artists
  • A wide selection of gift baskets, handcrafts, antiques
  • A pair of new TSL snowshoes and an APEX G3 Total Gymn

Check out these items and many more now at esther-foxvalley.org/auction

Also, don’t forget …

To bid on items in the auction, you will need to create an account on the auction site.

Go to Auction

Bidding closes at 3:00 pm this coming Sunday, November 7.

Note: The auction supports ESTHER‘s ongoing work of building community, sharing hope and standing for justice in the Fox Valley.

ESTHER 2021 Auction Preview Begins Today

Bidding in the 2021 ESTHER Auction doesn’t start until Thursday, but you can check out the items on offer starting right now!

For example,

2021 ESTHER Auction QR CodeThese are just a few of the offerings. The complete auction includes nearly 100 unique and delightful items at a range of prices.

You can check out the full auction by visiting https://esther-foxvalley.org/auction, or scan this QR code with your smartphone.

Then mark your calendar to come back on Thursday, November 4, at 8:00 am, when the bidding starts!

Remember, proceeds from the auction support ESTHER’s ongoing work of building community, sharing hope and standing for justice in the Fox Valley.

ESTHER 2021 Online Auction

Date: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 8:00am - Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 3:00pm
Location: 
https://esther-foxvalley.org/auction

ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction

  • Preview begins Monday, November 1, 2021 at 8:00 am
  • Bidding begins Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 8:00 am
    and continues through Sunday, November 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm
  • Don’t miss it!
  • esther-foxvalley.org/auction

Handcrafts, foods, sports memorabilia, artwork and more…. Proceeds support ESTHER's work of sharing hope, building community, and standing for justice in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley.

Artwork • Handcrafts • Gift Baskets • Fine Wines • Catered Meals • Candy & Baked Goods • Gift Certificates • Travel & Recreation • Antiques • Collectibles • Jewelry • Home Decor • Sports Memorabilia • Books • More …

https://esther-foxvalley.org/auction

ESTHER 2021 Online Auction

Thursday, November 4 at 8:00 am thru Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 pm
(Preview available starting Monday, November 1, at 8:00 am)

Save the date: ESTHER’s 18th Annual Banquet Rescheduled to February 6, 2022

ESTHER — Building Community, Sharing Hope, Standing for Justice Since 2004

 

One Special ESTHER Leader

This year the ESTHER board nominated Steve Hirby for the Celebrating Volunteers Janet Berry Award.  While another worthy volunteer was selected, ESTHER would like to recognize Steve for everything he has done and continues to do for our organization. Steve’s dedication and his expertise in not only fundraising but also data management have been instrumental in our ability to thrive as an organization. Steve is a visionary and an organizing member of the board.  He has a standing position on the board and the executive team not just as a representative of his faith community or a task force but because he is … Steve.

As part of the nomination process, we asked people from three other organizations to write letters of support and their response was immediate and positive. Pastor Steve Savides (First Congregational United Church of Christ) wrote about there being no one more “beloved or respected” than Steve in the church, Pastor Jane Anderson wrote about ways Steve has been instrumental in helping the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ re-envision itself and position itself for the future, and Maren Peterson, Executive Director of NAMI, wrote about ways Steve has been a “lifeline of hope” for hundreds of individuals and families in the Fox Valley.  All spoke to his kindness, open mindedness, patience and keen intelligence.

Steve exemplifies the spirit of the Janet Berry Award. He truly is “A volunteer who has made great strides in his efforts to impact positive change in the Fox Valley, by creating, working for, and donating to a local community organization, and [his] efforts through time, resources, and influence – have been paramount to the success not only of [ESTHER] but also in building a just community.” We were very proud to nominate Steve Hirby for the Janet Berry Award.

Will you consider support for ESTHER on GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday

Will you consider supporting ESTHER on GivingTuesday? In doing so, you’ll become part of a world-wide movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Your support will directly help ESTHER continue our 17-year commitment to building community, sharing hope and standing for justice in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley.

GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe. ESTHER’s mission is to work toward these same goals right here in the the Fox Valley.

Your support of ESTHER on GivingTuesday 2020 makes this possible!

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