The mission of Connecting for Conquerors is to support Cancer Care Services through increased community awareness and fundraising, while connecting Fort Worth area businesses through professional networking.
Connecting for Conquerors was started by a group of friends and business professionals that are a part of a leads group inside the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. These people got together on a weekly basis to discuss business, pass referrals and develop professional relationships to further their careers.
Through several conversations a common theme kept coming up on the subject of how do we give back to the community we love in Fort Worth. Our choice was made easy after visiting a Lunch & Learn at Cancer Care Services. One of the members of the chamber leads group Deanna Stuart is the Director of Community Outreach & Events for CCS. She inviting our group to come to the CCS lunch and Learn to see what they do and how they help cancer patients and their families.
Several of our members went in force to CCS’s office to what we thought was just a lunch and maybe a little education. What we got was so much more. We heard Melanie’s Wilson’s touching story that brought tears to your eyes, we heard, Deanna’s story how cancer effected her family and what amazing things their doing now . Then we heard Charles Gray’s story with his English accent and heart touching story. Charles admittedly told us of his experiences at CCS and how they help him though one of the most trying times in his life. Times he wasn’t sure if he was going to make it. With the help and support of CCS he became in his words not a survivor but a “Conqueror”!
Our group was so touched by the experience we couldn’t leave without asking “what can we do to help”? We were told things like volunteer, help build awareness, attend their events, and we did just that. However we knew we could do something more and knew with contacts and friends we could really give back to CCS.
At one of our weekly lunch meetings we asked the group how we could raise more awareness and funds for CCS. Bruce Raben known as Mr. B to most people happened to be in attendance that day. When he heard what we were doing he said the Coyote Drive has just opened up I bet they would like to partner up on something like this.
We reached out to the Coyote Drive In telling them what we wanted to do and they were in. Through a few conversations and logistical questions we came up with a name Drive In to Help Out.
We set a goal of to raise $10,000 for CCS and were determined to hit it. Very few of us had ever been a part of something like this but figured we could pull it off. Little did we know that 3 months to pull together a huge event, with sponsors, raffle items, auctions items, vendors and ticket sales was a huge feat. It was an amazing collaboration of calling in favors, asking for help, reaching out to other local businesses and teamwork to pull off an amazing event.
We could not believe the support we received from the Coyote Drive In, Charter Business, and other people who donated funds, items, and time to help bring the event to a wonderful fundraiser. Because of the event we were able exceed our goal and raised $13,000 for CCS. It was an exciting feeling.
We could honestly say the event was an amazing success and a triumph of human collaboration. The event was such a success that we decided that we should make it bigger, better and more fun.
With inspiration from CCS, Clarence Gray, Melanie Wilson, Deanna Stuart and group of united business professionals we developed our 501c3 nonprofit Connecting for Conquerors. With the mission to support Cancer Care Services through increased community awareness and fundraising, while connecting Fort Worth area businesses through professional networking. Cancer Care Services (CCS). CCS is a local non-profit that provides help and hope to cancer patients and survivors and their families and caregivers through direct financial, emotional, spiritual and social programs, services and activities.
Drive In to Help Out has become an annual event in October. Each year will be bigger and better with more vendors, more prizes, more auctions, great movies, and great deals at theatre.