The McCabes won a transformative experience at this year’s KBI’s Phoenix dinner, and are looking forward to the next one. Mark your calendars for February 20, 2016!
At the Phoenix fundraising dinner earlier this year, first-time attendees Tom and Patty McCabe got caught up in the fervor of the live auction and the spirit of support for the KBI that filled the room. That’s how they found themselves the happy recipients of a night’s stay at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, a day at the KBI, and a gourmet dinner prepared by Father Sean and Father Pete Neeley at the Jesuit residence in Nogales, AZ.
Saving the spa night for another time, Tom and Patty ventured to Nogales with their friends Olga and Luis Rivera and Kim and Mark Chasse the first Friday night in October. Saturday morning they met Father Sean to begin their day-long experience, crossing to the Mexican side of the border, visiting the comedor and seeing the migrants’ artwork, and participating in a discussion about immigration at the shelter. They were heartbroken by the stories they heard—one man would not see his family again for two years—and moved by the powerful emotional response of a group of visiting students from Brophy College Preparatory in the small-group discussions about deportation and its toll on migrant families.
At the end of the day, the group returned to Arizona for a beautifully prepared meal, complete with lamb chops and vegetables grilled by Father Pete and Father Sean’s home-baked bread and a Kahlua bundt cake (a secret family recipe). The scholastics at the KBI this fall, Hung and Perry served the meal, and Ivan stopped by after hosting the Brophy students. Patty called the evening “delightful and relaxing,” and Tom described their hosts as “hospitable beyond compare.”
The entire day left a lasting impression on the McCabes and their friends. They agreed that the learning experience was invaluable, and wished everyone could visit the border to see more directly the challenges encountered by migrants and hear their stories first-hand. Most especially, the day reminded them of how important it is to respond to the reality of the border in whatever way we are called to—volunteering, donations, prayer—and how they plan on supporting the KBI at next year’s dinner.
Look for information about the Kino Border Initiative annual fundraising dinner in Phoenix on the KBI website in the coming months. The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2016. Hope to see you there!