The Hand Up Gala was December 6, 2012 and above is a picture of "Celebrity Server" Zach Reed at the event. Everyone I talked to enjoyed the event, and the beautiful atmosphere created by the Cosgrove staff. We raised $2,000 for transportation and outreach services in Cleveland. We conducted the auction last week and are sending the prizes out this week.
We have posted a gallery of photos from the event. It could not have been successful without the chef, Matthew Barnes from the LMM Central Kitchen and his staff. The Cosgrove staff make the whole event a magical experience. We had live music this year which was great and calmed everyone down. Besides Councilman Reed, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland and Judge Michael Jackson attended the event. There were a number of State Representatives who wanted to attend, but could not because they were in session. All the florists made the tables look great, and then the 28 businesses, arts institutions, and local sports teams all helped to offer gifts as thanks to those who donated.
Thanks to Catholic Charities and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless for organizing this event and thanks to both of their boards for volunteering on the day of the event. You can still donate to the Gala before the end of the year.