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Hand Up Gala

was in October 2013

The Hand Up Gala is both an annual fundraiser for NEOCH as well as a dignity-affirming fine dining experience for 200 members of the homeless population of Cleveland. First held in 2010, the Hand Up Gala raises money for NEOCH’s Outreach Program. This outreach program is designed to greatly reduce the number of people living outside in Downtown Cleveland. Through efforts of this Outreach Program, NEOCH has reduced the number of people living on the streets in Downtown Cleveland from hundreds each night at the turn of the century to about twenty-five individuals every night currently. Thus, the fundraising effort of this event is essential for the wellness of the homeless community.

For the past three years, the Hand Up Gala has provided the opportunity for homeless people to experience excellent cuisine and a fine dining atmosphere. Three chefs have donated their time and talents to make this event special.  In addition,  homeless people were served by local celebrities, politicians as well as Board Members of Catholic Charities and NEOCH. We have had an online auction with area businesses donating items to encourage support of this event by households. The last event was October 18, 2013, with NEOCH and the Bishop Cosgrove Center co-sponsoring this event.  Chef Sharon Delk prepared a fine dining style meal for the participants, with tablecloths, centerpieces, and other “fine dining” accoutrements to provide a special experience Cleveland’s homeless rarely, if ever, get to enjoy.  Chef Delk was trained at the Cuyahoga Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, and used her skills to present a wonderful meal in 2013.  We have some amazing florists in the community who will helped to make this event extra special.  We need your assistance to make this event successful.  Also, check out the photos from previous years.

Last year the gourmet meal was served by LMM Central Kitchen Head Chef Matt Barnes.  Before that we had John Aldewereld from the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Cleveland as our lead chef.  The 2013 event took place on October 18, 2013.

The Hand Up Gala is a fund raiser for the two homeless social service and social justice organizations.  If you would like to donate to this important event you can click over to here.  Every individual who donated at least $45 were entered into the auction as a thank you for their donation. 

If you are with a local business you can donate by clicking on this link.  We are looking for help with Catering the event, florists, and then donors for the auction.

Slideshow for Previous Gala Dinners

For information about organizational donations, please see: Hand Up Gala: Organizational Sponsors

You can also donate directly on our website by clicking to donate go here and mark "Hand Up Gala" in the purpose line.