Paris Foun­da­tion hosts best-sell­ing au­thor for fundraiser

Cecil Whig - - RELIGION - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — Tick­ets are on sale now for the Nov. 1 ban­quet and silent auc­tion to ben­e­fit The Paris Foun­da­tion, a min­istry that serves the home­less in Ce­cil County, which will fea­ture Ron Hall, the New York Times best-sell­ing au­thor of “Same Kind of Dif­fer­ent As Me.”

Hall also wrote the screen­play for the Hol­ly­wood movie of the same name that starred Re­nee Zell­weger and Dji­mon Houn­sou.

“I was the man that Greg Kin­n­ear played,” Hall said of the movie that is now avail­able on Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime Video.

It’s the true story of the life of a home­less man be­ing changed and the changes that en­counter brings to a hus­band and wife, and those around them.

“We were thrown to­gether to save each other,” Hall said sim­ply.

Through the process, Hall said he and his wife Deb­bie learned a lot about the world of the home­less and how pub­lic per­cep­tion is wrong in so many ways.

“The world looks at the home­less as a prob­lem,” Hall said. “God looks at the home­less as an op­por­tu­nity for the faith­ful to show His love.”

Hall learned about The Paris Foun­da­tion through Mark P. Fisher, for­mer di­rec­tor of Sandy Cove Min­istries, who now runs In­spir­ing Growth, a com­pany that helps busi­nesses ex­cel.

The ban­quet and silent auc­tion, to be held at Sandy Cove Con­fer­ence Cen­ter near North East, is one of the largest an­nual fundrais­ers for The Paris Foun­da­tion, which is based at 229 S. Bridge St. in Elk­ton. A vic­tim of the July flood­ing, the foun­da­tion only re­cently was able to move back into its build­ing and serve hot meals to the com­mu­nity from its kitchen.

Tick­ets are $30 per per­son, or a ta­ble for $240. Event spon­sor­ship is also avail­able. Along with hear­ing Hall speak the evening in­cludes a meal, mu­sic and a silent auc­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Mike Bran­don, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, at 484-459-1288 or pur­chase tick­ets on­line at thep­aris­foun­da­tion.org

RON HALL

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