By Michelle Williams
“The philanthropic arm of Chick-fil-A is just a great example for us to go deep in our communities and try to have an impact,” said Jeff Mosley, Carmel resident and owner of two Indianapolis-based Chick-fil-A franchises. Mosley is following that example, and his team has planned an event that he expects to be a big fundraiser for the PourHouse of Indianapolis.
On July 30 from 3-9 p.m., Chick-fil-A will host a music festival and family carnival at Church at the Crossing to benefit the PourHouse. The event is free to the public, although patrons may make a small contribution to the cause at the door. Three local Indiana music groups and one Michigan artist will perform live at the event.
The event will also feature a silent auction including items donated by the Colts, Indians and the Indianapolis Zoo. Former Colts player Marlin Jackson will be on site to meet and greet attendees. The first 500 people through the door will receive a free Chick-fil-A meal during the evening festivities.
The PourHouse is a street outreach and advocacy for those experiencing homelessness. “We provide basic necessities for folks to get through to the next day,” said PourHouse founder Andrea De Mink, adding that the organization also assists people with longer-term plans.
De Mink and Mosley met when they both attended the same church. A long-time supporter of the PourHouse, Mosley said he really believes in the cause. “They’re such an advocate for those who are disadvantaged and struggling,” said Mosley.
For more than six years, Mosley and his team have served 250 meals each month to PourHouse clients at community gatherings in downtown Indianapolis. “He is really one of the most amazing people I have ever met. So consistent and just a great guy,” said De Mink.
The event will go on rain or shine, as the venue affords the ability to move the activities inside in case of inclement weather. Church at the Crossing is located at 9111 Haverstick Rd. in Indianapolis.