be the light
This year's benefit dinner is going to look a little different than years past and we are so excited for you to be a part of it. Instead of a gathering together in a large ballroom, you get to host your closest friends and family in your own home to learn about Out of Darkness, while we provide the food and everything you need to make the night an incredible gathering of current and future world changers! Will you join in?
legacy dinner party
On Thursday, October 15th, leaders like you can host a Be the Light dinner party with your friends and family. With your commitment to raise a level of funds within your group, we can continue to offer services for victims through street outreach, a drop-in center, jail ministry, strip club outreach, the 24/hour rescue line, rescue teams and a secure, emergency safe home.
Here's how it will work:
1- Host Leaders (you) commit to a sponsorship level and invite guests to attend and consider donating
2- Hosts submit the funds raised the week prior to the event (see below for ideas on how to raise the funds!)
3- Hosts pick up a Light Release Bundle of lantern and sparklers, as well as food the day before event, food quantity based on sponsorship level. If you are not local to Columbus, OH we will mail you a gift card for food and food delivery in order to make this as simple as possible.
4- Leaders host a party and connect to the OOD Virtual Event link for inspiring messages, entertainment and city-wide lantern release ceremony
5- Guests leave knowing that they impacted lives and were the light for women of Central Ohio wanting to break the cycle of human trafficking!
WE'RE SO EXCITED TO HAVE COMEDIAN KENN KINGTON JOINING US THIS YEAR...
Kenn has appeared on Comedy Central, is one of the most played comics on XM Radio and has a brand New Special coming out on Dry Bar Comedy in September of 2020. He has six Comedy Specials that have aired on multiple cable networks nationally over the past couple of decades. The Crown Award-winning "WOW Moments" is currently available on Amazon Prime.
PRESENTING SPONSOR $10,000
- Your company's name as the Presenting Sponsor during virtual event both verbal and written, on social media (2 x), and website
- Light Release Bundle and food for 25 people
LEGACY SPONSOR $5,000
- Logo placement as Legacy Sponsor on virtual program, social media and website
- Light Release Bundle and food for 20 people
FREEDOM SPONSOR $2,500
- Logo placement as Freedom Sponsor on virtual program and website
- Light Release Bundle and food for 15 people
DREAM SPONSOR $1,000
- Logo placement as Dream Sponsor on website
- Light Release Bundle and food for 10 people
HOPE SPONSOR $500
- Light Release Bundle and food for 10 people
BELIEF SPONSOR $250
- Light Release Bundle and food for 5 people
things to know...
WHAT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A HOST LEADER?
You have stepped up and said, "I am going to use the relationships and connections that I have to make a difference in the anti-sex trafficking world"...and that is incredible! Out of Darkness is honored to partner with you! Now you just need to invite people to your dinner party that you believe would really connect and be moved by work that OOD is doing on the frontlines. You never know whose heart God may be stirring for this issue, plus it's going to be a fun night with great food, so don't be afraid to make the ask. Please collect contact information for each of your guests so that we're able to follow up and thank them for coming. During a certain point during the program we'll ask you to share with your guests (we'll tell you when) why you decided to host a party and how you've personally been impacted by OOD. Hearing from you will go much further than hearing from someone they don't know. If your guests decide to donate at that time you can direct them to give online (it would be great it you could have a computer or phone pulled up for people to do on the spot- all personal information will be safe.) If guests opt to give via check or cask we will provide an envelope for you to collect that in to then turn in through mail or drop-off to the OOD office.
HOW CAN I RAISE THE SPONSORSHIP MONEY THAT I COMMITTED TO?
We're glad you asked! First you can personally donate the money and then anything raised the night of the event is extra. You could go to your employer or your church and ask them to contribute (remember, their logo would be listed!) You can do a social media campaign leading up to the event- we can help you with that if you need it. You could charge each person that you invite to your house for the event (maybe $50 each for ten people.) You could get a team together and make it a fun challenge to see who can raise the most. You could sell some items that you don't need any more that are sitting around the house. There are many ways to raise the money you felt led to commit to...or potentially even more!
ONCE I HAVE THE MONEY HOW DO I GET IT TO OUT OF DARKNESS ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE EVENT?
You can write one check made out to Out of Darkness. You can make an online donation and select the Be The Light Dinner in the drop down, or you could collect it in an envelope and mail to the office at PO Box 1112 Westerville, OH 43086. If you have questions email
WHAT COMES IN THE LIGHT RELEASE AND FOOD BUNDLE?
-We want to provide you with everything you need to make your gathering a success! The food will include a full meal and dessert for the number of guests that corresponds with your sponsorship amount, as well, as utensils and paper products to make cleanup a breeze! We will also include sparklers for each guest (take pics and post to social media!) and one lantern that will be of the special program! From there you get to customize the rest of the dinner party and make it reflect your personal style. Don't forget to post pictures to social media and use the hashtags #bethelight #OODCBUS #frontlines
HOW DO I GET THE LIGHT RELEASE BUNDLE AND FOOD?
You will pick the food up from 651 Lakeview Plaza, Suite C Worthington, OH 43085 on Wednesday, 10.14.20, the day before the event. Time frame TBD. The food has been chosen to be easily re-heated the evening of the event without sacrificing quality. If you are unable to make arrangements to pick the food up on that day we can make other arrangements. Email for other arrangements. If you are not local to Columbus, OH we will still mail you a Light Release Bundle and include a giftcard for food and for food delivery so that this is as simple as possible. Just chose that option when you register.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE PEOPLE COMING THAN THE FOOD I'M GETTING?
We will provide enough food for the sponsorship level chosen but you can purchase additional meals to accommodate your entire guest list. Just email to make arrangements to add more.
HOW DO WE WATCH THE OOD PROGRAM AT 7PM?
We will send each host one link for a Zoom webinar that will begin at 7pm. If you would like to start it earlier we will have music playing and scrolling information starting at 6pm, that's up to you. You will need to be able to pull it up for everyone in the room to see, ideally on a television, either through hooking up your laptop to the TV or using the mirroring function with your SmartTV.
Your support is crucial to making this night a success. Without it we won't be able to continue to go to the frontlines to offer safe, emergency housing and meet women with the hope of a second chance but more importantly the good news of of Jesus Christ. Thank you for stepping up and making that possible.