4th Little Rock Gala Huge Success
The 4th Spark of Life Little Rock Gala was held on October 30. Over 150 attended this annual event, held at the Warehouse on the campus of the Fellowship Bible Church.
Every year, Spark of Life gives their ‘Living Forward’ award to those who exemplify the mission which is ‘to give hope to those who are grieving.” This year’s recipients were David and Karla Stracener.
In April of this year, the Stracener’s were devastated by a tornado that destroyed most of their possessions – house, barn, cattle, trees, and vehicles. They were thankful that they and their children, Ben and Tillie, survived. But 13 days later, another tragedy struck – their son Ben and his fiancée Samantha Fowler, were killed in a motorcycle accident.
In August, just four months after losing their son, David and Karla attended a Spark of Life Retreat in Alaska. The retreat, they said, changed their lives. They told us that they would do anything to help others know about Spark of Life. When interviewed for a story on a Little Rock T.V. station, David stated,
“The reason I’m doing this and talking about my son Ben and his fiancée Samantha is because I want to get the word out on Spark of Life, because it did such a fantastic job in helping us through our grief.”
As they accepted the ‘Living Forward Award,’ David kept saying “Thank you Spark of Life” over and over. We at Spark of Life would like to say to David and Karla, “No, thank you. You have changed our lives.”
We also say thank you to so many who helped the gala be such a great success. This includes those who sponsored the gala, those who came to the gala, donated items for our auction, bought auction items, bought tickets and gave them to others, and to those who volunteered their time and talents, many behind the scenes. Too many to individually name, but you know who you are.
We raise money for Spark of Life so that we can do more retreats to help those who are struggling with loss. In 2014, we have completed 13 retreats, with one more scheduled in December. All were filled to capacity. In 2015, seven retreats are now scheduled. We are convinced we could fill 40-50 retreats if we had the finances. The need is so great.
Please consider making a donation so we can offer more retreats in 2015. Donations can be made in memory of or in honor of those we love, such as in memory of Ben Stracener and Samantha Fowler.
And to all of you who support Spark of Life with prayers, words of encouragement, and telling others about it, we thank you also. All of you have helped change lives as well.