TROY — A local ministry will attempt to raise $30,000 at Hobart Arena on Friday to help a growing nonprofit build a new facility.
The event, Declare Troy, will aim to raise $30,000 to help Partners in Hope, a religious nonprofit that provides relief and educational services to families in need, build a new facility to meet the organization’s needs.
The event will be hosted by Declare Worship Community, a local ministry formed in 2012 by leaders from various local religious organizations.
Declare Worship Community’s Executive Director Caleb Ingram said the music-based event is free to attend.
“We’ll have a full band and a great sound system,” Ingram said. “There will be a concert type feel for most of it.”
Ingram said several pastors would speak in short segments throughout the night, culminating in a presentation by Jessica Echols, the executive director of Partners in Hope, and an offering.
Ingram said the total cost of holding the event was $25,000. Of that number, $23,000 has been raised. Ingram said none of Friday night’s offering will go toward paying the costs of the event.
“Every dollar of the offering is going to Partners in Hope,” Ingram said.
He said the event, which is expected to draw a crowd of nearly 3,000, will also encourage attendees to go out into the community and help those in need.
“What we do in church is we talk about good news and we talk about hope, but when it comes time for us to actually sacrifice and do something to help people out, sometimes, unfortunately, we fall short,” Ingram said. “We want to tangibly bless the community.”
Bennett Leckrone is an Ohio University and Troy Daily News intern