Friday, September 29, 2017

Event Recap- Harvesting Hope 2017

Mr. H and I attended the 4th Annual Harvesting Hope event on Monday to benefit the American Cancer Society and its Hope Lodge. The setting was gorgeous, outside in the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and attendees got to wander around soaking in what felt like one of the last days of summer.

Tito's Handmade Vodka was supplying us all with infused cocktails...
...the 10 participating chefs had each brought delicious bites to nibble on (Goat Cheese Panna Cotta from Chef Maxime Kien at The Burnham pictured here)...
...including some oysters from Chefs Brittany Logan and Duane Corley of Rocky River Wine Bar, which immediately transported me back to our Maine trip.
But, I was also glad to see some of my favorite people there too, like Graffiti/Cork & Cleaver, University Hospitals and Sodexo, and Jeff Jarrett of Dinner in the Dark. Truly, my only real complaint about the event is the lack of trash cans around. They have helpful servers walking around collecting your trash, but I'd love to see more trash cans visible so we could take care of it ourselves too.
But the real reason everyone was there was to support the mission of the American Cancer Society and to raise funds for the Hope Lodge. Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting better. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.

The event did a great job of highlighting the work the Hope Lodge does in our community. I enjoyed seeing these framed quotes scattered around the event...
...and the guest speaker, Joshua, shared his touching personal story about his battle with cancer and his stay at the Hope Lodge. The event was near-silent during his speech.
While we didn't win big in the live or silent auction this year, it was still a beautiful evening spent with friends in a stunning setting for a good cause. It's wonderful to see this event grow each year, and they've already set the date for 2018. Don't miss Harvesting Hope on September 24th!

Disclosure: I was provided with two tickets to attend in exchange for posts. All opinions stated are 100% my own.