The Lily Pad Cafe – Building Campaign

The Lily Pad Cafe has a future home:

the current M7 Coffeehouse building in Ridgeland, Mississippi! 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 80.7 percent of persons with a disability are unemployed. The Lily Pad Cafe will run as a not-for-profit restaurant and is focused on employing and training individuals with disabilities to give them the work skills and confidence necessary to obtain employment with other businesses. The cafe also will work with local restaurants and retail establishments so cafe employees can seamlessly transition to employment opportunities with these partners.

To cover the costs of the building, renovation and initial start-up, The Lily Pad Cafe Building Campaign has kicked off with a goal of raising $500,000. So far, $160,000 has been raised through the annual Run Up for Downs.

Supporters can sponsor a brick or a table, and corporations also can purchase naming rights for the Lily Pad fountain, the cafe patio, and each dining room space by filling out the form here for more information.

The Top 5 fundraising families will have naming rights to one of the cafe menu items.

The Lily Pad Building Campaign Fundraising Goal : $500,000

$251,300 Raised to Date | 50%

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2020

Sponsor a Brick

Don't miss your chance to leave your mark on The Lily Pad outdoor patio! Whether you are a business and want to laser engrave your logo OR are a family that wants to include their family name on a brick, there is an option for every person with every budget. We have a 4x8, 12x12 and 16x16 option to choose from below!

Sponsor a Table

Don't miss your chance to have your logo (or maybe even your child's or family's name) laser engraved on the center of one of our dining tables! This will be a permanent sponsorship, so a 1-time payment will leave a lasting mark and will help us get that much closer to hitting our Building Campaign goal! Our indoor tables will be stained, sealed and then epoxied to protect the table and your mark!

Naming Rights

Our Naming Rights opportunities range from our building, to the patio, to the Lily Pad fountain and our 3 dining room spaces. Each opportunity is for a 5-year period unless otherwise agreed upon and includes several additional benefits. Each opportunity has the option to pay in installments over a 5-year period OR if 100% is paid upfront, a sponsored table will be provided at no additional cost. Naming Rights opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click on each opportunity below for more information about each:

Sponsor will receive Exclusive Naming rights to the Lily Pad Cafe Building for a 5 year period. For more information and complete list of benefits, click here.

Sponsor will receive Exclusive Naming rights to the Lily Pad Cafe Patio for a 5 year period. For more information and complete list of benefits, click here.

Sponsor will receive Exclusive Naming rights to the Lower Dining Room in the Lily Pad Cafe for a 5 year period. For more information and complete list of benefits, click here.

Sponsor will receive Exclusive Naming rights to the Upper Dining Room in the Lily Pad Cafe for a 5 year period. For more information and complete list of benefits, click here.

Sponsor will receive Exclusive Naming rights to the Upper Meeting Room in the Lily Pad Cafe for a 5 year period. For more information and complete list of benefits, click here.

Sponsor will receive Exclusive Naming rights to the Fountain on the patio of the Lily Pad Cafe for a 5 year period. For more information and complete list of benefits, click here.

Win Naming Rights of a Menu Item!

If you have a child/family member with a disability, have your friends and family sponsor a brick or a table or donate and put your Fundraising Team name in the appropriate box. The Top 5 fundraising teams as of December 15, 2020, will be given naming rights of an item on the Lily Pad Cafe menu.

Top Fundraising Teams

Team/Individual NameFundraising Total
Wilson Helms$20,325
Lily Lape$10,950
Hayden Elliot$8,983
Nicholas Weldon$6,350
Grace Fornea$5,400
Caroline Wilkerson$5,000
Graham Quarles$3,425
Tucker Matthews$2,500
Andi Sisk$1,350
Team Juji (Juliana Rojas)$1,170
Francie Howie$1,150
Maryn Rhodes$983
Walt Clingan$650
Huntleigh McGhee$500
Julie Ross$500
Jade Patel$500
Carolyn Jane Moore$500
Samuel Kyser$500
James Aaron Martin$355
Fraiser Johnston$350
Henry Maclin Harrison$300
Sarah and Sydeny Huff$300
Catherine Faye Giuffria$150
Caroline Carlisle$150
The McGehee Boys$150
Kaylen Jackson$150
Nate and Ben Rogers$150
Ward Phillips$150
Caleb Underwood$150
Ashtyn McCoy$150
Janette Saenz$150
Taylor Rush$150
Heather Frazier$150
Ann Reilly Lambert$150
Jane Allen$100
Aubrey Sanders $50
Taylor Moore$33.00

*Last Updated November 23

Questions?

Please use the button to the right or email us at brent@thelilypadms.com with any questions/concerns!