Paris Foundation hosts best-selling author for fundraiser
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