Second Annual Golf “Fore” Hope is a Hit!

Hudelson Region held its Second Annual Golf “Fore” Hope event at the Colonial Golf Course in Sandoval, Illinois. Fourteen teams played in the event and over 12 volunteers helped make the day run smoothly! Lunch was provided by Mama Carol at Centralia Residential, who worked with the youth to pack the lunch bags for golfers the morning of the event. Thank you, Mama Carol!

Golfers were competitive as usual, not only in the scramble, but also in the longest drive and straightest drive contests. There were also some great raffle prizes, including items from Callaway, Under Armour, the St. Louis Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams, Six Flags, Holiday World, and many more.

Despite a little rain early in the day, Golf “Fore” Hope was another fun event and we are already looking forward to June 27, 2015 for our Third Annual Golf “Fore” Hope!

GO BLUE Community Spotlight: Blue Ribbon Walk

One Hope United – Hudelson Region partnered with local agencies in Mount Vernon, IL to sponsor a Blue Ribbon Walk to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention month on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Despite the threat of rain showers, over 100 community members and 12 OHU employees took part in this important event.  Also in attendance were OHU Foster Grandparents, who enjoyed being able to show their support for children in Jefferson County.

“This walk is a great way for us to kickoff Blue Ribbon month at OHU and in Mount Vernon.  There are so many children in Jefferson County dealing with abuse and neglect and because of events like this walk, we are able to bring awareness to this important issue. We are looking forward to all of the other great activities we have planned for Child Abuse Prevention month.” said Jayme Godoyo,  OHU Fund Development Officer.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our GO BLUE campaign and join with OHU as we work together to strengthen families and communities.
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GO BLUE Community Partner Spotlight: Julie’s Coffee

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Julie’s Coffee in Lake Villa, Illinois went BLUE for OHU on Saturday, April 5!

Volunteers from One Hope United served as guest baristas with all tips going towards child abuse prevention programs. The community really stepped up as a steady stream of OHU staff, volunteers and supporters stopped by for coffee and treats.

Thank you, Julia’s Coffee, for all you’ve done to support us as we work together to prevent child abuse and maltreatment in our communities this April and beyond.  GO BLUE!

To host your own fundraiser, fill out our online form and an OHU staff member will be in contact.  You can also download our GO BLUE Toolkit for more great ideas.

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Quarter Mania Event in Hudelson Raises over $2,000

Have you ever thought you could win a Miche bag for $1? How about two tickets to a comedy show for 50 cents? Or maybe a large, 2-topping pizza for just a quarter? On Friday, February 28, guests of our first ever Quarter Mania event did just that!

Quarter Mania, a quarter auction event, was held at the Effingham Elk’s Lodge and over 50 people attended. There were also 11 vendors present, selling items from Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Mary Kay and others. Each of the vendors donated at least one item to be “auctioned” and with any sales they made the night of the event, they donated a portion of the proceeds back to One Hope United.

Still wondering how this works? In short, paddles are purchased for $5 in order to gain entry to the event. As the auctioneers, Jayme Godoyo and Samantha Coffey, displayed items and stated the number of quarters needed to win the item, guests who wanted to “bid” put the specified number of quarters into a bucket at their table. The tickets were then mixed up and a number was pulled (like Bingo). The chosen paddle number then won the item (as long as they put their quarters in the bucket!). “All-in” paddles were also offered for $25 and guests who purchased these paddles did not have to throw in their quarters – they were automatically “in” for every round.

Because of the generosity of the Kohl’s Cares program, five volunteers from the Effingham store were on hand to help at the event. We will also be receiving a check from Kohl’s for $500.

Guests had a great time at the event and we have already been approached about when the next Quarter Mania event will be! In total, over $2,300 in-kind was donated for the event and nearly $2,200 in cash was raised to benefit One Hope United programs. Thank you to all who attended or helped to make the event possible.
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