We thank Our Board of Directors, Sponsors, Donors, and Friends of Innocence for stepping up this year!
We also give a loud shout-out to our dedicated volunteer staff who made this event successful in so many ways!
Darryl Burton & Lamonte McIntyre, Co-Founders
Geoff Gerling, Gala Director Chair
Valerie Burton, Program Director
We had an exciting time. Check out our guests by viewing 155 photos
@MemoryMakerKC by Greg Jordan Mosley - Farmers Insurance
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"Turning Dreams into Reality Gala 2023" Photos by Tom Bradley & Jina Lindsay
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Greetings, Friends of Innocence!
We are absolutely thrilled to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for joining us at our recent gala event. Your presence and/or generous support made the "Turning Dreams into Reality 6th Annual Gala" held on September 8, 2023 a truly exceptional evening of miracles. You helped us achieve freedom and stability for innocent people who desperately need your help. We were so excited to see you on Friday, September 8, 2023. You helped to raise $154,990 with 300 guests in attendance and over 40 volunteers in service. Every one of YOU made this event a great success in so many ways!
Miracle of Innocence is proud and truly grateful for Sue Polistina Wright & husband Rick Wright who organized and led the Silent Auction Team. Geoff Gerling, Gala Chair Director and Program & Volunteer Director, Valerie Burton's teamwork leadership was a proven success. MOI appreciates all In-Kind donors who contributed to the Silent Auction, it was a huge success. You helped raised $46,030 to include Live and Fund a Need.
We also thank Pastor Adam and LaVon Hamilton and the entire COR staff for all their support and sponsorship given to this event. We also thank the KC Chief Red Coaters, KC Swingsters, Greg Mosley, Memory Maker, Brancato's Catering, Computerized Auction Services (CAS), and Youth Volunteer Corps, Tom Bradley & Jina Lindsay for partnering with us again this year. We especially, thank all exonerees and freed clients who traveled near and far to celebrate with you.
We hope you enjoyed the gala or if you were unable to attend you were thoughtful to send your contribution to help advance the mission. You participated in the Live and Silent Auction | Fund a Need | Music | Ballroom Dancers, KC Swingsters | Wine Pull | Photos | Prison replica tour | Program | Awards | Wrongful Conviction panel discussion | Prison Impromptu by Darryl Burton. Share your thoughts. Please take 1 minute of your time to complete a Gala Survey. We strive to engage effectively and enhance MOI programs. Together, we will continue to bring about change.
Because of YOU! We were honored to host, respected leaders of the community who represent and support our mission. This year's program includes a Wrongful Conviction panel discussion, freedom champions, and dynamic speakers. Welcome by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Honorary Chair, Professor Sean O'Brien, Mistress of Ceremony, Quinn O'Brien, and Pastor, DA Mark Dupree Sr. You don't want to miss an evening of giving to help Fund a Need for a great cause.
MOI Development & Fundraiser Team