By NICOLE BRADFORD
Reporter News Staff
January 30, 2013– It wasn’t your average benefit.
The Lighthouse Charity Team’s 2013 fundraiser, held this past weekend, featured country star Mark Chesnutt, and drew a crowd of 550. “It was sold out with a waiting list to get in,” said Scott Gordon, vice president of operations for the Lighthouse Team. He called the event the team’s “best ever.”
The annual benefit sold out about two weeks in advance, and early estimates show the team’s only fundraiser brought in more than $400,000. “We met our goal and are trying to make sure it will cover the entire budget,” Gordon said. Money brought in covers the team’s costs during the year such as operations, utilities and maintenance. Chesnutt’s performance was voluntary.
The team already is planning next year’s event, which will mark the 30th anniversary of the Lighthouse Charity Team. Gordon said that event will feature “high caliber” entertainment. “It’s pretty hard to top Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence,” he said of past per-formances, but the nonprofit alreadyis in negotiations for an entertainment to donate services.
The gala is the nonprofit’s onlyfundraiser during the year.
The team provides equipment andvolunteer labor to serve meals forcharitable events and those in need. Ithas continued to grow in both volunteers and events served since its founding in Friendswood in 1984. It opened a Galveston Operations Center last year.
For information or to sign up for updates through the teams’ newsletter, visit Lighthousecharityteam.com.