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Hand Up Gala Set for December 6

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and the Bishop Cosgrove Center, a program of Catholic Charities, are hosting the third annual Hand Up Gala to prepare a four star meal for those struggling with poverty.  The dinner is December 6, 2012 at Noon at the Bishop Cosgrove Center.  The event is also a fund raiser for the two groups to continue their important work serving the homeless and hungry of Greater Cleveland.

 The Hand up Gala is a two-fold event that both raises money for NEOCH’s outreach fund and the Bishop Cosgrove Center’s transportation fund as well as provides a fine dining experience for the homeless population of Cleveland.  This year the meal will be prepared by LMM Central Kitchen Chef Matt Barnes formerly of Saucy Bistro.

 This event benefits the homeless population by providing them with an opportunity to affirm their dignity, while also financially supporting efforts that reduce the number of homeless individuals on the street.

 The dinner will be cooked by a celebrity chef and served by local celebrities as well as Board Members of Catholic Charities and NEOCH. This year Matt Barnes the new chef of the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Central Kitchen project will be the celebrity chef preparing the meal.  The Central Kitchen is a new program to teach culinary skills to homeless and disabled individuals.  They will also begin improving the quality and nutritious value of the meals at the local shelters. 

 NEOCH is looking for donations of goods, including food, tablecloths, napkins, plates, and flowers to be used at the event; financial support; and donations of gift cards or items for our online auction.  We are also soliciting support from the public, and all those proceeds go to support programming for the Coalition and the Cosgrove Center. 

 Over the last two years, the event has served nearly 400 people, and has become a sought after ticket in the community.  There will be live music, a nice atmosphere, flower centerpieces and a fantastic meal for the December 6 Hand Up Gala.  

 More information about the Hand Up Gala can be viewed online at:

 Pictures of the 2010 event can also be viewed online at Pictures of the 2011 event can be viewed online at

 About the Bishop Cosgrove Center

Catholic Charities supports a comprehensive continuum of care to fragile populations throughout Northeast Ohio, including at the Bishop Cosgrove Center.  They offer a breakfast and lunch to hundreds of hungry people everyday and offer supportive services to those who have struggled to find a hand up out of poverty.  The Bishop Cosgrove Center also serves the neighborhood with a pantry program, and they have a 20 year history of providing comprehensive care to those struggling with poverty. 

About the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

NEOCH devotes time and resources to advocacy, public education and programs designed to assist homeless men and women break the cycle of poverty and work their way out of homelessness.  A few of NEOCH’s initiatives include free legal assistance, an affordable housing website, and publications of research and reference guides. NEOCH sponsors a number of different programs, including the Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program, and co-sponsors the annual Homeless Stand Down service fair.  NEOCH also educates the public about homelessness through initiatives such as Teach-Ins and the Street Voices Speakers’ Bureau.