One of the most unique events in the community is a collaboration between Catholic Charities and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless called the Hand Up Gala. The 2013 event is set for October 18, 2013 at the Bishop Cosgrove Center on Superior. Most of the non-profit agencies in Cleveland have a once a year dinner and silent auction. This event turns that concept on its head. The main beneficiaries are homeless and hungry people in Cleveland Ohio. We have a chef prepare a four star meal and we provide all the atmosphere of a high end restaurant. Local florists donate centerpieces, and food supply companies donate some wonderful food.
It is a fundraiser for the Coalition and the Bishop Cosgrove Center, and we do ask for donations to support the two organizations. Everyone who donates more than $45 will have their name entered in an auction for some nice gifts from a museums and businesses in the community. This year, if you do not want to participate in the auction, you can donate your prize to a homeless person at the Homeless Congress if your name is selected. We try to have everything donated for this event so that the money raised goes to the important work of the Coalition and the day services at the Cosgrove Center. The drawing for the auction is not until October 30, 2013, so you have two months to support this event. We do offer sponsorship of the event to offer local businesses the opportunity to lend their name to this event.
Many homeless people have never been to a restaurant with table cloths, fresh flowers, and live music. This is a chance for people who wait in many lines, carry their bags everywhere and spend the day figuring out where they are going to lay their heads to relax enjoy some live music and one of the best meals they will ever have. We have City Council members and other community leaders act as "servers" for the day to make the event extra special. We get so many compliments from the population who love the event. There are many photos on our website from the previous three years. We were fortunate to have three amazing meals over the last three years, and trust that the new chef in 2013 will prepare a tremendous meal in October. If you would like to volunteer or donate give us a call at 216/432-0540.
We will continue to update the website about the festivities, but would appreciate your support of this important event here.