For two Saturdays in June, the Allens opened their property for photos with a minimum donation to Wendell Foster. Some of those who went chose to take their own photos, and some used a professional photographer.
The Allens’ home, located at 1120 Griffith Ave., has many beautiful trees and flowers on their expansive property, along with a beautiful pool and outdoor seating area that often serve as backdrops for photo opportunities for friends and their families.
Allen said that it began with a few friends who contacted Allen and his wife Kara throughout the years to ask permission to use their grounds for engagement, prom and family pictures. And this year was no different — even with COVID-19’s impact on school and large gathering restrictions.
“Kara and I decided that this would be a great opportunity to combine the love we have for sharing our home with our passion for helping Wendell Foster,” Allen said.
“Wendell Foster is an incredible organization that has been empowering people with disabilities in our area for over 70 years.”
The couple stayed outside to talk with visitors about Wendell Foster, and had information on hand for interested parties to raise awareness for the services provided by Wendell Foster to the surrounding area.
“Owensboro is such a generous community, and this has been no exception,” Allen said. “The response has been fantastic.”
Allen said that opportunities like this teach their four children to give back.
“It’s easy to become blind to just how fortunate you are,” he said. “When you share these things, you get to see them through the eyes of others, which is very humbling.”
Allen said he would love to see this become an annual event.
Board CEO Ben Boarman said that Wendell Foster has always been blessed with outstanding supporters in the community.
“We appreciate the unique fundraiser that the Allens are hosting,” Boarman said. “We are truly grateful Tim and Kara allow their hard work to benefit us.”
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