Central Missouri Community Action's annual fundraising event this year celebrates the hero in everybody.
The Super Gala — a black tie-optional event — will be 5:30-9 p.m. May 10 at The Millbottom, 400 W. Main St. in Jefferson City.
Anticipation for the event is high, CMCA public relations manager Misty Larkins said.
"It is superhero-themed," Larkins said, "celebrating our families because they're also heroes."
The organization's strategy is to engage all aspects of communities to address local causes and conditions of poverty, according to its website. CMCA, which serves eight area counties, believes it takes entire communities to address poverty issues, Larkins said.
"We focus a lot of our resources on families with children under 8, using early interventions and quality childhood experiences," she added.
Some of the programs the organization offers are Head Start; Early Head Start; Foster Grandparents, allowing seniors to interact with children at daycare centers, schools and homes; Microenterprise Initiative, empowering people to develop skills to open start-up businesses; and Mobility Management Project, helping people overcome transportation barriers. Mobility Management Project also offers help finding affordable housing, weatherization assistance, energy assistance, courses on relationships, health insurance enrollment assistance and other programs.
"We really just want people to know how ingrained we are in our communities," Larkins said. "We see this (gala) as a chance for them to get to know us."
The gala will include food, drinks, live music and a silent auction. It will recognize Head Start participants and women who have gone through the Launch You program.
"Seventy-five percent of people living in poverty in our service area are women," Larkins said. "We help them find avenues toward higher-paying jobs."
A client who completed the LaunchU program, offered through the Missouri Women's Business Center, is expected to speak during the gala. LaunchU is a six-week course for aspiring and early-stage business owners that — in addition to other skills — teaches them to set goals, craft and pitch a business plan, market services, identify customers and set pricing.
Sponsorships are available for the event. For more information, visit showmeaction.org or call 573-777-5277.