project leader
Donesha J
1939 Green Rd
(Cleveland, Euclid )
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the project

"Hearts United: A Mother’s Day Brunch & Tea of Remembrance and Resilience" is an event dedicated to mothers who have faced the unimaginable loss of a child. Our goal is to create a space for healing, sharing, and celebrating the resilience of the human spirit. The funds raised will be used to host a heartfelt gathering where mothers can connect with others who have walked similar paths, find comfort in shared stories, and receive support in their journey of grief and remembrance.

By organizing a day filled with nourishing food, soothing music, and meaningful activities that are centered around the arts with planter painting in remembrance of those lost and planting a seed for growth , poetry and open mic session for the ability to release emotions  and dancing as other forms of art to celebrate the lives of those missed .  We aim to honor the enduring love between mothers and their children, regardless of separation by death. The event will feature a keynote speaker who will share insights on coping with loss, along with therapeutic activities designed to help mothers channel their emotions into creative expressions of love and memory.

With the money raised, we also hope to offer each mother a special token of remembrance, a symbol of the everlasting bond that endures. This event isn't just about looking back; it's about building a community of support and hope that encourages mothers to live forward, carrying the legacy of their children with every step. Your contribution will help us turn a day that could be filled with loneliness and sorrow into one of togetherness, understanding, and gentle healing.

the steps

1. **Secure Venue and Confirm Event Date (By End of Week 1):** Once we have the funds, our team will finalize the venue booking and confirm the date for the "Hearts United: A Mother’s Day Brunch & Tea of Remembrance and Resilience" event. This step is crucial to ensure all logistical arrangements can be made in a timely manner.

2. **Vendor Coordination and Contract Signing (Weeks 2-3):** We will work with catering services, decorators, entertainment providers, and other vendors to secure their services for the event. Contracts will be signed, and details will be ironed out to ensure a seamless and memorable experience for all attendees.

3. **Marketing and Promotion (Weeks 4-6):** With the necessary funds in hand, we will boost our marketing efforts to reach a wider audience and attract more mothers who can benefit from this event. This will involve creating promotional materials, running targeted ads, and reaching out to local media outlets for coverage.

4. **Event Planning and Execution (Weeks 7-9):** Our team will focus on finalizing the event program, coordinating with speakers and performers, and organizing the logistics for the day. Volunteers will be recruited and trained to assist with various tasks during the event, ensuring everything runs smoothly.

5. **Post-Event Follow-Up and Feedback Collection (Week 10):** After the event, we will reach out to attendees for feedback on their experience and gather testimonials to share with our community. This feedback will help us improve future events and continue providing meaningful support to mothers who have experienced loss.

6. **Financial Reporting and Transparency (Week 11):** We will provide a detailed financial report to our donors and supporters, showcasing how their contributions were used to make the event a success. Transparency is key to building trust and fostering ongoing support for our cause.

why we're doing it

Our project, "Hearts United: A Mother’s Day Brunch & Tea of Remembrance and Resilience," addresses the social issue of loss and grief experienced by mothers in our neighborhood and city due to gun violence and other forms of violence. We have seen firsthand the devastating impact of such tragedies on families, relationships, and the community as a whole. Many mothers have lost their children to senseless violence, leaving behind a void that can never truly be filled.

Our team is motivated by a deep sense of empathy and a desire to provide support and healing to these mothers who have endured such unimaginable loss. We understand that the pain of losing a child can be isolating and overwhelming, and we believe that coming together in a supportive environment can help ease the burden and foster a sense of connection and understanding. By organizing this event, we aim to create a space where these mothers can find solace, share their stories, and celebrate the resilience that exists within them.

Through our project, we hope to not only provide a moment of reprieve and comfort for these mothers but also to raise awareness about the impact of violence on families and communities. By shining a light on this issue and offering a platform for healing and remembrance, we strive to create a more compassionate and supportive environment where those affected by loss can find strength and solidarity.


$5,000 budget for the "Hearts United: A Mother’s Day Brunch & Tea of Remembrance and Resilience" event. The budget allocations are estimates and may vary based on actual quotes and negotiations with vendors:

**Venue Rental:** $1,000
- Renting a peaceful and accommodating space for the event.

**Catering:** $1,500
- Includes brunch, a selection of teas, and desserts for approximately 20-75 guests.

**Decorations and Floral Arrangements:** $300
- Corsages, table centerpieces, ribbons for the memorial tree, and additional decor to create a serene atmosphere, tea hats , gloves 

**Entertainment and Music:** $500
-Fees for DJ , or live band 

**Keynote Speaker:** $300
- Honorarium for a local figure or advocate to speak at the event.

**Printing and Stationery:** $200
- Programs, menus, name tags, and a banner with the event's name and tagline.

**Memorial Tokens:** $300
- Personalized lockets or similar items for mothers to create and remember their children 

**Audio/Visual Equipment:** $200
- Rental of a sound system for speeches and music, as well as lighting if necessary.

**Photography:** $300
- Hiring a professional photographer to capture moments from the event.

**Support Staff:** $600
- Payments for 10 employees 

**Fundraising Supplies:** $200
- Materials for the silent auction display, Wall of Hope, donation boxes, and payment processing tools.

**Therapeutic Activities Supplies:** $100
- Art supplies for creative expression activities and keepsakes for participating mothers.

**security :** $200
- Event liability security for safety of children and family 

**Contingency Fund:** $300
- Reserved for unforeseen expenses or to cover any areas where the initial budget estimate falls short.

**Total: $5000**


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee N/A    $0.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4%    $102.04
TOTAL TO RAISE    $5,102.04
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    



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