29 May A Note from Allison: Summer Changes
Happy summer, friends!
The month of May is always exciting in Indianapolis, but this one has been especially exciting for New Hope of Indiana!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To everyone who sponsored, attended, planned, donated to, created for and bought at New Hope’s first annual Silver Cup Celebration on May 3rd! What a great celebration it was! Starting with the New Hope choir singing Lean on Me, to our wonderful new video and prescient remarks by Dr. Rick Gunderman, all being emcee’d by WTHR 13’s Anne Marie Tiernon, our community really got to see and feel what New Hope is all about. Topping off the afternoon was a matching gift of $10,000 from John Pearson of Pearson Ford for a vehicle for our new transition services program. We raised over $10,000 that day alone for the vehicle, making the new program a reality!
Including the generous sponsorships, donations, sales of our artists’ lovely centerpieces and other paintings, ticket sales, the matching grant and the generous contributions of those in attendance at the Silver Cup Celebration, New Hope raised nearly $72,000! I’d call that a great success! We couldn’t have asked for a better way to start a new tradition.
Thank you to all of you who made this day such a success and to the planning committee who made this event possible!
This month our new food truck finally arrived! We are getting closer and closer to being able to bring some tasty mac-n-cheese to our Indianapolis neighbors on the new food truck. This program will employ individuals with disabilities as part of a 3-month program that will teach them both culinary and customer service skills. Learn more from my buddy, Zeller or email Amy Flint with questions. Thank you to our donors Pearson Ford, Old National Bank and Kroger for helping us make this program a reality!
Thanks to a grant from Sam’s Club and to Michael Wassem’s Eagle Scout Project, we were able to plant new raised garden beds at our Payne Road and Castleton Day Services locations. Our clients are excited to get their hands dirty and spend some time in the garden. As always, we are thankful for our incredible staff and volunteers who make activities like gardening so much fun for those we serve!
We have much more to come this summer and throughout the year so be sure to stop by for a visit and keep following us on social media to stay connected with New Hope!
Allison Wharry, CEO