It is with a humble heart overflowing with thanksgiving that I have the honor to announce that God rocked our world with a record setting amount of funds raised from our Annual Banquet to the tune of $50,000!!!!! ($22k thru one-time donations and $28k pledged over the next year). We are blown away! Touched! But Mostly Speechless! Words seem so inadequate to accurately express the joy, love, and appreciation that we feel right now. All I can truly say is Praise Jesus!! This will go a long way to impacting lives and improving our programs as we enter our 20th year of ministry. Five years ago The Great Recession crippled our ministry. We've always made huge sacrifices in order to operate GTD, but the last 5 years have been grueling. But just like our name implies, we've NEVER GIVEN UP fighting, scratching, and clawing our way through our bleakest years to get back to a place of stability. This won't quite get us to that place of stability, but it will bring it within reach. We believe that God is opening a new season of opportunity for GTD. A season in which struggle is no longer the main theme of our existence. A season in which we can spend less time treading water and more time ministering to the needs of the next generation. We're not quite there yet, but by all indications we are one God-sized step closer. And the great news is that we still have 6 more weeks remaining in our fundraising season to add to the total so that we can hit the ground running in our 20th year. We want to profoundly thank everyone who believed in us, supported us, and saw the value in this ministry and the impact that God has been making through GTD over the past 19 years. We thank God for each and everyone of you. You share in this harvest time because you sacrificed during the planting & tilling time. From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! We are already back to work preparing for a God-awesome 2016. And we couldn't be happier! Again, thank you to everyone who made our Annual Banquet such a great success - the speakers, the attendees, the table sponsors, the venue, the caterers, the donors, the volunteers, the GTD staff - thank you, thank you, thank you!