Tori is a senior at Plano East High School. Active in many outside causes and efforts, she has always wanted to put together an event to help City House. It’s a passion and desire shared by several of her friends. So they decided now was the time, putting together a night of bowling that would be a ton of fun and benefit City House at the same time.
“We wanted to do some kind of event to raise funds for City House, but nothing came clear to us at first,” Tori said. “One day I was driving by Plano Super Bowl and thought to myself, ‘I wonder if they do fundraisers there’ and a light bulb went off in my head and everything just came clear to me! We could do our own charity event there, and everything just fell in place after that.”
Tori put together a fun evening around bowling on April 1 that was simply outstanding. She promoted it and asked friends and family to come support a great cause and enjoy themselves.
“We all went to school that Friday, and could not wait for the evening to come,” she said. “After school we picked up the balloons and headed that way. When we got there, we put our vision in place on everything from where the sign-up table would be to where we would set up the raffle.”
About 45 people attended the evening of bowling, with several coming through with very generous donations.
“We had some with $20 donations, some with $40 donations, and even a $1,000 donation! Everyone had a blast bowling and raffling prizes for a good cause,” she said.
This was right up Tori’s alley. She has a giving heart and lives to spread her love for giving back. Obviously it is contagious. The event raised more than $2,000!
“The evening was so much fun for me,” she said. “My group and I absolutely love doing things of this nature! Seeing all the people coming together for something that means so much to us meant the world! I would do it all over again! We even mentioned maybe making this an annual thing.”
Tori’s entire inspiration – to make people aware of the realization of children who find themselves homeless, including those in the foster care system.
“I think the people that attended our event left with touched hearts and imprinted souls,” she said. “I hope our event encouraged others to do things of this nature, and realize the reality of youth homelessness. I have no doubt that everyone left feeling great and knowing they had fun for a great cause!”
The event also featured a raffle that included a Starbucks gift basket, a $40 Red Lobster gift card, a beautiful cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, a $50 PF Changs gift card, and Free Family Bowling passes from Plano Super Bowl.
“What stood out to me the most was the diversity of the people there and all the smiles on everyone’s faces,” Tori said. “People were so excited about the raffle; it was great. We are so thankful for all the places that donated things so we were able to have a raffle. We are sending out thank you cards.”
Tori has bigger plans for herself and it gets going quickly.
“What’s next for me is just enjoying the great life God has given me and being thankful for everything I have and everything I have been able to do,” she said. “I will be attending college immediately after I get my high school diploma and will be attending medical school as well! And of course I will continue to do the things I love – as in giving back!”
Yes, that’s the part this impressive young woman has down to a science!