Friday, October 08, 2010

Hand Up Gala

Two Charities Join to Provide Fantastic Meal for Homeless People

As Cleveland receives the dubious distinction of being the second poorest city in the United States, Catholic Charities and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless collaborate on the first “Hand Up” Gala on November 9, 2010 to provide an amazing meal to homeless people prepared by Chef John Aldewereld of San Souci Restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel. This special meal will benefit both charities as they prepare for another difficult Cleveland winter. “We are asking for support from the public to purchase tickets so that homeless people can attend this four star luncheon with all the amenities cooked by a gourmet chef,” said NEOCH executive director Brian Davis.

Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at the NEOCH website at Everyone who buys a ticket will be entered into a drawing to win some fantastic gifts provided by area business partners. Some of the auction items include theatre tickets, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to the Nautica Queen and the Midwest League Champion Lake Erie Captains, along with many other items. All proceeds support the advocacy organization, NEOCH, as well as the Cosgrove Center and their daily meal and social service programming.

Executive Sous Chef John Aldewereld has a four star meal planned, and we will create a wonderful ambiance for this once-in-a-lifetime meal featuring table cloths, china, and floral centerpieces. There will be a jazz ensemble, and we hope to have local celebrities serve and act as hosts for the event. We will serve 225 low income, homeless, and hungry individuals.

This event is supported by sponsors including Keybank, Avalon Foods, Berghaus Flowers, and Morgan Linen.

For those who are not aware: 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.

And then for those who are not aware 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.

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