Marketing Dynamics founder Andy Valadez, responded to a challenge at his church to do something meaningful outside of the church walls with $100 dollars (inspired by the book series “The Kingdom Assignment“). The rest was a wonderful story of business community generousity and a special night for 7 homeless men of Open Door Mission.
Read the story that made a 2-page spread in The Houston Chronicle here: Operation Kingdom Assignment
What we did:
- Rallied several partners to help make this special night possible: Elite Limousine, O’Rourke’s Steakhouse, and the Houston Aeros.
- Benefitted Open Door Mission with a way to honor some of their residents with a special night out.
- Garnered publicity for this incredible evening that made a major market newspaper
- Attended the First Annual “Well Done Awards” in 2007 in Laguna Beach California to receive an award and more recognition for Open Door Mission (other recipients included American Idol Stars Katherine McPhee and Chris Sligh, Gospel Singer Bebe Winans, Director Billy Zabka (original “Karate Kid” child star), “Pursuit of Happyness” Producer Mark Clayman and Chris Gardner (Mr. Gardner’s true story), and more).
- Helped start a mentorship program and brought in many business leaders to speak to the homeless men at the shelter
- Provided for many radio interviews of mission Director Rick Hill to talk about the needs of the Open Door Mission
- Produced a video message that was presented at church and on-line to talk about the special evening
- Continued on-going support of the mission’s goals
- Maintained a warm relationship with the authors of The Kingdom Assignment, which ultimately lead to the creation of “The Well Done Awards” (Andy was flown to Orange County to talk about marketing ideas for The Kingdom Assignment Foundation).
Valadez Family on-stage at 2007 Well Done Awards (Coast Hills Church, Laguna Beach, CA) with Bill Adams (formerly homeless at the Open Door Mission). Presented by Denny and Leesa Bellesi, authors of The Kingdom Assignment
Darren King and Chris Sligh welcome everyone to the 2007 Well Done Awards
Bebe Winans and Katherine McPhee on-stage at the 2007 Well Done Awards by The Kingdom Assignment Foundation