The Open House celebration at CLCP last Thursday was a great success. After weeks of hard work planning the event (on Ted’s part), sending out invitations, and hoping for a good turnout, I can say it paid off in a lovely way – many people came, and they didn’t seem to want to leave!
I don’t know why I have a tendency to sit in the background and worry about things. Two months ago, Ted and Pete decided to throw this Open House party, at the suggestion of a CLCP donor. Neither of them had experience in planning an event like this, but they put their heads together – along with the Ayuda clinic coordinator Pam, who does have extensive experience in this – and sweat through the details involved in making any four-hour “open house” event a success.
As for me – I prayed for them. I refilled coffee dispensers and set out dessert displays during the event. I made nametags. And that’s about it! Oh yes … and I worried! I didn’t know how to make this event a success. How do you plan a program for a rotating crowd, not knowing when the peak traffic times will be? I didn’t know how best to dive in and be a part of the planning committee, so I watched some of the planning unfold.
When I arrived two hours before the kick-off to help with set-up, I saw that Ted and Pete had already arranged the tables and chairs, and skillfully displayed artwork from Ayuda’s youth art program around the room. It looked great. But not as great as when 40-50 people filled the room at the peak of the party! J
So many people came: volunteer clinic attorneys and their spouses, law school friends of Ted’s, pastors, teenage volunteers from HPCA, and other key community members. We had a diverse food spread for a hundred people – Thai, Mexican, and Puerto Rican; Susan Post gave a tour of the newly opened Esperanza Health Center next door; and half a dozen ministry partners shared their excitement and vision for the legal clinic’s work. You can hear what the speakers had to share, here.
So I didn't really need to worry - just trust. Ted and the team did such great, hard work to pull this off. Thank God for a great event! And for an opportunity to share and celebrate with so many the work CLCP is doing.
|The theme for the year at CLCP. Ted helped design this |
concept, and a graphic designer from church prepared it.
|A great crowd of folks.|
|Yummy spread with Ayuda artwork in the background.|
|Ted sharing his story of why he works at CLCP.|