Please be advised - The Celebration Evening scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021, has been canceled.
As you all know, we at First Call strive to put health, safety, and peace of mind in the forefront, not just for those we serve in the community but also for our entire family of staff, contributors, and community partners. As we promised, we have continued to carefully monitor information and data being made available by local officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the Delta variant.
After much deliberation and informed by community feedback, agency leadership, with support from the First Call Board of Directors, made the difficult decision to cancel our 2021 Celebration Evening on September 23, 2021. Multiple factors including the prevalence of COVID Delta variant in our community, lower than anticipated registrations, and the agency’s commitment not to contribute to further burden on our healthcare delivery system were all considered.
Despite the critical need for fundraising following a year of unprecedented demand, we feel we have a duty to be community leaders. Unfortunately, the right decision for safety means for the 2nd year in a row we have been unable to have our Celebration Evening. This event serves as a major source of revenue for First Call and its support services. With transparency in mind, we would like to convey that this has been a critical financial hit to our agency. We urgently appeal to you to consider helping us make up for these continued losses by contributing to our COVID relief fund. First Call's essential services and 24-hour Crisis Call Line are of critical, life-saving importance to our clients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your gift will help us mitigate the negative financial impact the pandemic has had and bring services to those in need. Please use the form below or visit firstcallkc.org/covidrelief today.
We appreciate your understanding and your continued support. We are so deeply grateful for the support we receive from all of our friends, partners, and donors; we truly are stronger together. Please do not forget that it is always a good time to help and First Call is here through our 24/7 Crisis Call Line at 816-361-5900.