Join us on March 17 at noon at the Parkview Field, Suite Level Lounge for our very first education session of 2022! This event will take place in-person only.


We will be asking some of the experts about their experiences with organizing and executing fundraising events. You won't want to miss this!

Suite Level Lounge
Parkview Field

1301 Ewing Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Events 101:  A Panel Discussion

March 17, 2022
12:00 p.m.

Meet Your Panelists



Jessica Henry is a native of Fort Wayne and has been active in animal welfare for a decade - first as the Executive Director of the Allen County SPCA, and now as the Executive Director of Humane Fort Wayne, the successfully merged ACSPCA and HOPE for Animals. Her passion has been melding animal welfare and social work to create a world that's better for pets and the people who love them. She lives on the city's near northwest side with her partner, artist Nate Johnson, and their four special needs dogs and two cats. Jessica has overseen and executed many signature fundraising events and large-scale projects during her time at Humane Fort Wayne, as well as collaborated with local businesses and other nonprofits to raise funds and improve services for pets in need. 


Kayla Henderson has resided in Fort Wayne since 2008 when she was brought here by Matilda Jane Clothing. Her love of giving started there with the Founder who was known for having a big heart and always giving back. What started as finding creative ways for the company to raise money to build homes for Habitat for Humanity quickly lit a spark to do more for more people. Through Matilda Jane she worked to make connections across seas to donate clothing in Kenya and Nigeria. She even grew to love other local organizations such as The Rescue Mission, Human Fort Wayne, and Forgotten Children to name a few. She always wanted to be more than a check so she built The Giving Committee at Matilda Jane so others could build lasting relationships with organizations that touch their hearts. It was in 2012 when her personal connections would pay off and she would be able to start her own Fundraising event with a couple other gals to benefit The Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center. It is through this event that she found herself. The support Fort Wayne has given them over the years is unmatched and will forever be one of her greatest accomplishments. This September they will be hosting their 10th Annual event and can't believe that in 10 years they have been able to raise $225,000 for the organization. Along with this event, Kayla loves to use her business, Gypsy Blue Flower Truck, to raise money through the summer with random fun giveaways. 



Dayna Horner is a native of Fort Wayne and has been a fundraising event coordinator for over a decade. She started out as the Event Coordinator at Three Rivers Educational Trust Fund from 2011-2014 and has been in her current role of Development and Event Coordinator at Bishop Dwenger High School since 2014. As a graduate of Bishop Dwenger, and a parent of two current students, she has a deep passion for the school and its Mission to mold well rounded young adults to graduate as "Citizens of Two Worlds." Her primary job at Dwenger is overseeing their largest fundraiser, the Saints Alive! Dinner & Auction. This one-of-a-kind auction typically raises over half a million dollars through the generosity of hundreds of local restaurants, companies, and donors who provide over 400 auction items, and the help of over 300 adult and student volunteers who work all year long to build a set that completely transforms the school gym into a different themed world every year. Dayna lives on the northeast side of the city, and her most valued role is as a mother to her 3 children, and soon-to-be wife of her fiancé, Jason Weaver.


Jessica Sharpe is currently responsible for the comprehensive strategy and implementation of the family and community engagement initiatives, events, and programming for Canterbury School. One important initiative is Canterbury School's annual gala, Laughing Cavalier. She has provided lead support for the past three years and been involved in other capacities for nearly six. Most of her development experience was garnered at Just Neighbors (formally Interfaith Hospitality Network), Erin's House for Grieving Children, and Early childhood Alliance. Jessica enjoys working within the school community where her husband and her both attended. Blessed with two school aged children who keep them busy. A true soccer mom to the core, you will likely see her at a soccer game around the city and beyond. Currently, she is on the board of directors for Fort Wayne Sport Club.