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Hand Up Gala: Individual Donors


October 18, 2013

The Hand Up Gala is a unique fund raiser in which homeless and hungry individuals get to enjoy the four star meal and the atmosphere of a wonderful dinner.  Instead of supporters dressing up and purchasing tickets for a dinner and silent auction, we ask you to support this event to support the Bishop Cosgrove Center and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.  Everyone that donates at least $45 is entered into an auction, but any donation is welcomed for this event.  In order to meet the budget of NEOCH’s Outreach Program and support the efforts of Catholic Charities, we rely on individual donors to contribute funds to our Hand up Gala event.   This year the event is on October 18, 2013 at the Bishop William Cosgrove Center with the auction drawying on October 30, 2013.

Where Does the Money Go?

NEOCH’s Outreach Program has effectively decreased the number of individuals sleeping outside downtown every night from hundreds a night at the turn of the century to approximately twenty-five a night today. Through monetary contributions to NEOCH’s Outreach Program, social workers and health care professionals are able to directly connect with those living on the streets and resistant to shelter programs.  Moreover, NEOCH’s outreach program includes the distribution of the Street Card which details homeless resources in the downtown area. Finally, NEOCH’s outreach program works to establish a safer downtown by encouraging communication with police so that NEOCH can handle issues relating to homelessness and the police can focus on law enforcement.     

 Catholic Charities' Bishop William Cosgrove Center supports a comprehensive continuum of care to fragile populations throughout Northeast Ohio including referrals, housing assistance, and obtaining copies of birth certificates and ID cards. Their Cosgrove Center offers breakfast and lunch to hundreds of hungry people Monday through Friday and provides supportive services to those who are struggling to find their way out of poverty. Among theses services, is the providing of bus passes to members of the homeless community and providing therapeutic art classes. Donations to The Bishop Cosgrove Center as part of the Hand Up Gala will assist with the supplies and funding for the Transformational Art Center.  The goal is to build fellowship with the men and women through art with classes, mentors teaching art, and then some of the pieces are sold.  The transformation art center builds right relationships with those struggling with housing and food in the St. Peter's room at the Cosgrove Center.   

How do I donate?

Mail a donation to NEOCH at 3631 Perkins Ave. Suite 3A-3, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 and mark Hand Up Gala in the memo box or click here to donate online and indicate that your donation is for the Hand Up Gala in the description box. Interested in donating as a business? Click here. As a supporter, an individual or family will be entered into the online drawing of gifts from area businesses.  You can also donate anything you win to a homeless person.  We will then auction those items to homeless people who attend the Homeless Congress meetings at the Cosgrove Center.

The Auctions:

To be entered into the raffle once, a donation of $45 is required; to be entered twice, a donation of $90 is required; etc. The raffle will take place on October 30, 2013, so you have until that Wednesday to support this event and the two organizations.



 Akron Aeros

 2 Ticket voucher

 Akron Art Museum

 4 General Admission Passes

 Akron Civic Theatre

 2 Tickets to select events during the 2013-2014 season.

 Akron Symphony Orchestra

 2 Ticket voucher

 Boston Mills/Brandywine

 2 Snow Tubing Tickets

 Cleveland Botanical Garden

 4 Complimentary Tickets

 Cleveland Browns

 Defensive Nose Tackle Phil Taylor for the 2013 Browns-- Autographed football

 Cleveland Metroparks Tobogganing

 4-Courtesy Admissions to the Chalet in Strongsville for Tobogganing.

 Cleveland Metroparks Golf

 4-Courtesy Admissions to the Metroparks Golf Course of your choice -18 holes without a cart.

 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

 4-Courtesy Admissions to the Zoo and Rainforest

 Cleveland Museum of Natural History

 Family 4-Pack of General Admission Tickets

 The Cleveland Orchestra

 2 Complimentary Tickets to attend one concert

 Cleveland Pops Orchestra Holiday Family Concert

 4 Complimentary Tickets

 Cleveland Public Theatre

 2 Complimentary Tickets

 Chagrin Falls Pop Corn Shop

 Gift Basket valued at $50

 Center of Science and Industry--Columbus

 4 Complimentary Tickets

 Lake County Captains

 4 Ticket Vouchers

 Lake County Captains

 4 Ticket Vouchers

 Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

 One Year Family Membership, 4 Planetarium passes and 4 Creature Feature passes.

 Loganberry Books in Cleveland Hts.

  Gift Card for $25

 Lolly the Trolley

  2 Tickets to the 1 hour sightseeing tour

 Mitchell's Ice Cream

  Gift Card

 Mitchell's Ice Cream--Westlake

  Gift Card, Mitchell's Ice Cream Cap, and insulated tote bag.

 Petitti Garden Center

 $50 gift certificate

 Pro Football Hall of Fame

 2 Admission Tickets

 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

 2 Admission Tickets

 Western Reserve Historical Society

 4 Guest Passes


...Additional prizes added daily…


Thank You To Our 2013 Donors!

We have added a link to all of these great organizations who are assissting wit hthe Hand Up Gala. Click on the name of their business to go to their website for more information on their services.


  • Executive Caterers at Landerhaven has graciously offered to provide the table cloths, plates and napkins for this special event.  When you patronize Landerhaven thank them for their support of the Coalition and the Bishop Cosgrove Center.


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