Hope for Bereaved Celebrates 45 Years

By Tami S. Scott

After three years away, HOPE for Bereaved is returning to the Nicholas J. Pirro OnCenter ballroom on Friday, Nov. 10 to hold its annual Celebration of HOPE fundraiser.

The Syracuse-based nonprofit, dedicated to helping individuals and families through their grief journey, invites you to a night of fun with entertainment, dinner and live and silent auctions.

Proceeds help offset the cost of providing its core services, including support groups, counseling, and a monthly newsletter, that are always free of charge to the public.

This year’s community chairs are John and Robin Katko, and Dan and Danielle Cummings. Co-chairs are HOPE founder Therese Schoeneck, Margie Nye, and Peg Card.

Each year, Celebration of HOPE brings together the community in a shared space and passionate quest to return hope to shattered hearts.

HOPE encourages local businesses and individuals to participate in this special event by considering sponsorship opportunities. Table host, advertising and supporter opportunities are also available and provide a phenomenal occasion to highlight your company’s mission and values.

To review and register, go to https://hopeforbereaved.com for details.

Donations are also appreciated. Consider donating in honor of John and Robin Katko, in honor of Dan and Danielle Cummings, or in memory of a loved one. Donate an auction item in memory or in honor of someone special.

Share your story

HOPE for Bereaved is also seeking people to share their story of how HOPE helped them on their journey.

If you attended a support group, participated in individual counseling, or celebrated in one of its many fundraisers and want to share your experience, the committee would love to hear from you.

“Founder Therese Schoeneck always felt that whenever Hope was in the community, along with raising funds we were bringing awareness of our services, spreading Hope to people that may need help with their journey through grief,” said Margie Nye, event co-chair. “So please share your donations, but also your experience about Hope. It might just be what someone needs to hear to give them the courage to walk through the doors of Hope and get the support that so many people need.”

Your stories can be emailed to pkreisel@hopeforbereaved.com.

HOPE For Bereaved is dedicated to helping grieving children, teens, and adults by providing core services (support groups, monthly newsletter and counseling) at no charge. Founded in 1978, HOPE is an independent nonprofit community organization. Our purpose is to offer support, understanding, coping strategies, friendship and hope to the bereaved, as well as education, consultation and resources for their families, friends, employers, school/daycare staff, co-workers and invested professionals. The help given by HOPE can add greatly to the physical and mental well-being of the bereaved and therefore to their place of employment and to the community.