HopeHouse International® Hosted “Evening of Hope” Benefit Gala
Benefit featured Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Lee Greenwood, Jeff Allen, Matthew West, Atlanta’s Mount Paran Choir, Camp Kirkland & Metro Big Band
20 Miles south of Nashville, Tn is the quaint city of Franklin, Tn where a Franklin-based HopeHouse International® hosted its 13th annual – “An Evening of Hope” – at Liberty Hall at the Factory beginning with a Ukrainian Children’s Art Sale at 5:15 and Dinner and Program at 6:00 p.m.. Congressman Marsha Blackburn served as Honorary Chairperson along with VIPs to include State Representative Jeremy Durham of Williamson County; Rick Morton, co-author of best-selling book Orphanology; David Levey, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Peace Prize winner; and HopeHouse representatives from Ukraine. The event included donated performances by mulitiple CMA and GRAMMY® award-winning artist Lee Greenwood, comedian Jeff Allen, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Christian Artist Matthew West, Atlanta’s Mount Paran Choir, and Metro Big Band. “An Evening of Hope” also spotlighted Ukrainian Children’s Art Sale, oil paintings by Ukrainian orphans ages 9-15.
“Prior to the “Evening of Hope” Gala, HopeHouse International® eradicated the equivalency of FIVE orphanages, closing their doors in the Ukraine and breaking the cycle of homelessness, suicide, imprisonment, and trafficking for those orphans who have been adopted into a loving Ukrainian Christian family,” said Deneen Turner, Co-founder and President of HopeHouse International®. “As a result of the monies raised at the Franklin Gala, HopeHouse International® will now be able to close the equivalency of a SIXTH orphanage in Ukraine through more orphan adoptions. We thank our strong supporters who made this possible!”
One hundred percent of all monies donated at the fundraiser went directly to the mission of providing adequate housing to help Ukrainian orphans become adopted. This is made possible by the HopeHouse International® HOME-TEAM who pays for all administrative expenses throughout the year. Turner was recently recognized in Washington D.C. by Congressman Marsha Blackburn and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCIA) as a 2012 Angel in Adoption™ recipient for her outstanding advocacy of adoption.
HopeHouse International® Thanks:
Chairperson-Linda Young, Event Director-Amy Young, Program Director-Tom Bledsoe, Video Director-Todd Young, Stage Director-Melissa Wooten, all of our artists who donated their talents, our many volunteers, Chris Mastalia Photography, event photographer and Rebekah Pope Photography, children’s art photographer.