Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Willows on Westfield

6729 Westfield Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46220

New this year: Livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube

Three sessions to attend or watch online: 4:00-5:30 p.m. 6:00-7:30 p.m. 8:00-9:30 p.m.


Home is needed more than ever!

When the COVID-19 pandemic started and congregation hosting had to be suspended, our volunteers and supporters came together to rent apartments as shelters.  It was not only more cost effective than hotels, it was successful with 89% of families securing housing!  Now we need your support to keep that momentum going for every family with children that call for shelter.

The Event(s): Home Sweet Home will have three in-person events on the evening of Thursday, October 1.  Your $50 ticket allows you to attend one event, either from 4:00 to 5:30pm, 6:00 to 7:30pm, or 8:00 to 9:30pm.  Each session will have up to 75 people to allow for social distancing.  The earliest session is reserved for those whose health makes them most vulnerable.

The Program: Each session will have the testimony from a former shelter guest, program highlights, and even some entertainment!

The Catering: Passed appetizers at session one, heavy appetizers at session two, and desserts at session three--with each one enjoying an open beer/wine bar!  Dinner tables are replaced by cocktail tables.

The Dessert Auction: Every congregation, company, or group that registers will have a fundraising page online that will go live prior to the event.  Recruit donors to give to using your team link up to 9:00 p.m. on October 1, and your group could win the coveted “Slice of Cake” Trophy!!  We will also be drawing for gift cards from local restaurants who have been faithful dessert donors to our event over the years – it’s our turn to show them support.

The Livestream: You will be able to watch any or all sessions online by clicking the link we send and post here for Facebook Live and YouTube Live.  You can still bid on the silent auction and dessert auction from home!

Safety: For those attending in person, safety is our highest priority, and here are a number of precautions we and the Willows staff are taking:

  • Appetizers will be passed on trays with dome coverings.  The server will use a utensil to pass the individual appetizer to the guest, so there will be no reaching on the serving plate.
  • Servers and bussers will be separate, and wear different colored gloves indicating that.
  • Air purifiers were installed in the duct work of The Willows' banquet rooms.
  • The thirty minutes between each session will be used to do an intensive cleaning of all surfaces.  New cocktails tables purchased by The Willows do not require linens and can be disinfected quickly between event sessions.
  • Cocktail tables and seating will be significantly spaced out, and attendance for each session is capped at 75 guests.
  • The silent auction tables will be look only, with photos of items but no items to actually touch.
  • As we comply with the state-wide mask mandate, we ask that everyone wear a mask at all times unless eating or drinking. 
  • We are opting to keeping our attendance numbers FAR below what is considered socially distanced for this facility. 
  • There is much more we are preparing that we will add next month here as we prepare for the event.



The Willows and Crystal Catering have always made the wellbeing of guests and employees our priority. In response to the COVID-19 concerns we have intensified our sanitation, safety, & communication measures through a plan that aligns with the guidelines of the CDC, State of Indiana, and local governing agencies. In addition to our established procedures in place, we will institute new best practices to ensure the safety of our guests, team & community. We will continue to make updates to our protocols as guidelines from these sources are revised.


  • Hand sanitation stations will be available at entrances and high traffic areas
  • Designated staff members will be positioned to clean high touch areas through our venues using a hospital grade EPA approved disinfectant
  • Management team will be in place throughout the duration of the event to ensure that all safety measures are being carried out
  • Well check screening of all employees will be taken prior to entering the facility
  • All catering staff will wear gloves and masks, facility staff will wear masks

Social Distancing

  • Physical distancing parameters will be met through custom seating arrangements & designated distancing markers to fulfill recommended guidelines
  • Building entrances shall be monitored by staff members upon entry


  • Instructional signage posted throughout the facility highlighting COVID-19 awareness, procedures and social distancing measures
  • Our serve staff management team has developed programs to include an onsite health/safety manager, enhanced sanitation measures in our kitchens, serving and cleaning protocols and facility sanitation procedures

It is our complete intention to remain honest and transparent about our procedures to ensure that our guests and employees feel safe within our doors. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate through the evolving requirements for social gatherings. We hope this makes you feel safe in knowing how much we care.




What are you waiting for?  Choose one or all of the ways to support the event below:

  • EVENT TICKETS: On-site ticket sales for sessions 1 and 3 have been extended to Thursday, Sept. 24. On-site sales for session 2 is sold out. You can still support the organization by purchasing tickets under the category of "will not be able to attend" through the event date on Thursday, Oct. 1. It will be a direct donation to support families experiencing homelessness. You can pay by credit card to register your account details, making it even easier to bid on items at the gathering through our silent and dessert auctions.​

    • Note: To share a bidder/ticket invoice with another guest, enter the names of both guests in the first and last name fields. ( An example : First name = Sue & Bob  Last name = Smith )

    • Auction RegistrationRegister & Log In to view and bid on the exciting auction items that are already available through the evening of Oct. 1.
    • Donations: Thank you for your silent auction donations -- we are no longer accepting auction items, but will follow up in the coming months about next year's event donations! 
  • Sponsor Home Sweet Home: Click to see the event's sponsorship levels and promotional opportunities -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Event Sponsorship Chair) to secure your sponsorship!

  • DESSERT COMPETITION: Donate for your favorite concgrgation/organization!
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Family Promise's Executive Director) to request a fundraising page for your congregation, company or other group. The dash to secure the most delicious dessert at the event has become an annual tradition ... and this year, we will be bidding to win restaurant gift cards that support local businesses as well as a coveted "Slice of Cake" trophy for the top bidder! 


Thank you for supporting our neighbors in need.  We hope to "see" you in October, because...

Every child deserves a home.

Our deepest gratitude to the 2020 sponsors making this event possible...




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