[Monte & Jerry's 2nd Annual Garden Party]
Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by M. Schleif Photography
On the anniversary of the day Monte Jones and Jerry Erbstoesser first met, 16 years ago, they hosted their second annual Garden Party fundraiser at their home in West Fargo. Once again, with the help of their neighbors and lead sponsor and employer, Delta Hotels by Marriot, they raised nearly $5,300 for the YWCA Cass Clay. This month, we take you on an inclusive tour of their August 18th event, where we gathered in the garden that grows for good.
[A Space to Embrace]
Words by Tracy Nicholson
Event Photography by Darren Gibbins Photography, Transformation photos by Chris Welsand
We recently crossed paths with a non-profit by the name of Down Home and couldn't wait to meet with the founders, Jenessa and Jacob Fillipi to find out more. Follow them on social media and you'll see why; there's a steady stream of videos and photos showing them transforming vacant apartments and homes into warm, loving environments - all in a two-three hour time span. The difference is that they are not designers, home flippers or remodelers; and they're certainly not getting paid for it. The Fillipis are simply a caring family working hard to help transition the homeless into homes. Going beyond the basic necessities, their fully decorated spaces have become the catalyst for a better life. Creating a new space to embrace would mean giving the gift of hope and a fresh start to those with limited resources. Last month, we were invited to join them at their first "Hoedown for Homes" fundraiser at The Yard, a gorgeous down-home setting on the Red River in South Moorhead.
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