A Holiday They Won’t Forget

Not So Silent Night Helps Families in Need Around Christmas Time

Writer / Matt Keating
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Scotty Randolph is helping people have a merrier Christmas with Not So Silent Night, an event that helps many families duringNot So Silent Night the holidays.

Randolph, founder and president of Not So Silent Night, says his foundation is known as The Giving Note Foundation, and their annual event has come to be known as Not So Silent Night. It’s a completely volunteer-led effort.

“In 2015 I began participating in the United Way’s program to adopt a family every Christmas, to provide holiday gifts and assistance to needy families across Indianapolis,” he says. “A couple of years into that, they changed their process for providing gifts and I didn’t feel it benefited the families as much anymore, so I set out to find a way to help those families in a more proper and beneficial way.”

Randolph’s busy schedule led to the creation of The Giving Note Foundation and Not So Silent Night.

“I am a singer-songwriter and country music recording artist, and have played all over the place for the last 10-plus years,” Randolph says. “One of my regular spots was FoxGardin in Fortville. Jake Burgess and former Operating Partner Toby Shelton had set up a great community there through great food, atmosphere and a focus on music.”

Randolph says on one Monday every month, FoxGardin would host an open-mic night that quickly turned into a who’s who of local musicians and would draw some great crowds every month.

“Spencer [Foster] is the director of operations for Burgess Restaurant Group and worked all the behind-the-scenes work for FoxGardin at the time,” Randolph says. “Elaine Thiel managed for them as well, and had a contact with Mt. Vernon schools that asked for volunteers to adopt families around the holidays – many of whom were once with United Way before they changed their process.”

Randolph and Foster decided to pair the December open-mic event with an opportunity to raise funds for the families they had adopted.

“Our first year, we adopted two families and raised between $1,000 and $2,000 for them,” Randolph says. “That grew over the next few years until we got to 2020. Our friends, Chris and Amy Fuller, told us they’d like to adopt a family of their own, and from that, the larger idea of The Giving Note was born.”

The donations went from $7,000 in 2020 to $18,000 in 2021.

Not So Silent Night“When we got to that level of donations, we knew we had something, and the 501(c)(3) was founded,” Randolph says. “We had our first official Not So Silent Night last year and were able to support 18 families, providing gifts and financial assistance to vetted families over the holiday. Our hope is to continue to grow organically each year and use our Not So Silent Night event on the first Friday of every December to help raise money and awareness for those in need.”

Interested donors can make contributions to Not So Silent Night.

“They can attend our event on December 1 at the Hawthorns,” Randolph says. “They can donate to our PayPal link. We raise money all year round. We have hopes of starting a Christmas in July event soon to assist teachers in need, to stock their classrooms and to help kids buy their back-to-school shoes as well.”

Randolph has enjoyed spreading holiday cheer.

“Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year,” Randolph says. “I love the spirit of the season and the general goodwill that it brings out in people across all walks of life. When I realized we could help people on a larger scale, I knew we had to take the opportunity. One of my main motivations for holding the event on the first Friday of every December is to get people into the spirit of the season and remember the true meaning of Christmas. Our group is just happy that we can do our part.”

Randolph is grateful for all of the help he receives.

“I have to thank Spencer Foster for her help,” Randolph says. “The foundation never would have gotten to the level it’s at, had she not been involved. She coordinates the families, the shopping and the delivery of the gifts, along with a long list of things. Chris and Amy Fuller are board members of the foundation and were instrumental in taking the event to the next level as well. This year Patrick Cavazos has been a huge help to the group, as well as Dale Stewart. They both volunteer their time and energy out of the kindness of their hearts, and it’s really appreciated. Elaine Thiel isn’t involved anymore but she was a huge help early on as well.”

Randolph also gives a lot of credit to the donors.

“Finally, I want to just give a thank-you to the donors,” Randolph says. “A big reason this thing grew the way it did is because we realized how much the community wanted to help. We’re surrounded by great people in this area, and it really shows this time of year.”

For more information on the Not So Silent Night event, check out their Facebook page @notsosilentnightfound, or email Randolph at notsosilentnightfound@gmail.com.   Not So Silent Night

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