As we prepare for the upcoming fund raiser, the Hand Up Gala, we have created a Facebook page just for the event. Thanks to our friend Kim, we have a page dedicated to this unique event. We are sending out the invitations this week to previous supporters of the event. We will send out another mailing next week to some of our friends in the community. In case you have not seen, the Hand Up Gala is a fine dining meal we serve to homeless and hungry in Cleveland as an alternative to the silent auction dinners we had in the past. We had some nice events for our members in the past at Massimos, and a couple of homeless people would get to enjoy the evening. We decided for all the staff and volunteer time, we should design an event in which our most important constituents (the people we serve) can have a special time. Three years ago, we partnered with the Cosgrove Center to host a day for homeless people to enjoy music, table cloths, floral arrangements and a wonderful meal. Besides who wants to listen to a couple of boring speeches, get dressed up to spend some money at a silent auction?
You can support this amazing event from the comfort of your home. No need to dress up. No need to go out and hire a babysitter. No need to try to figure out a way to sneak out the back to get back home to watch football or the baseball playoffs. The people who frequent the shelters and meal programs get to enjoy this once a year event. Based on the photos from previous years and the discussions with the guests, they love the event. Some dress up and look forward to this dinner. We have posted a slide show on the front page of our website with some of the best photos from the past. The event is held on October 18, 2013, but the important date for our members is October 30 which is the day we do the drawing for the Gala. Everyone who donates more than $45 will get their name entered in a drawing to receive a thank you gift for donating. There are 20 different prizes available including a signed Cleveland Browns football to tickets to the Lake County Captains to Museum and Cleveland Public Theatre Guest passes. If you donate $90, you will get your name entered twice for double the chance to win a prize. Just click on the link here to view the prizes and see how to donate.
We have a picture gallery from the previous three years on the support page. If you are a business, you can click here to see how to support this event. We have an amazing group of florists who are going to make the dinner extra special. We have a wonderful musician who is going to perform, and the new Chef at the Cosgrove Center is going to show her culinary chops by making a fine dining style dinner for the 200 individuals with tickets. Proceeds from the event are split between the Catholic Charities Cosgrove Center and the Homeless Coalition. NEOCH will use our funds to help with our winter blanket and outreach coordination program. The Bishop Cosgrove Center is using their funds to continue to operate the Transformational Art Program with supplies and space. It is a wonderful event, and we hope that you will support the Hand Up Gala.
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