City of Hope Outreach in Conway will hold its third annual fundraiser, The Black and White Gala, Saturday, Sept. 21 at Conway Country Club.
This is the main fundraising event for the non-profit, whose mission is to promote “holistic community renewal in under-resourced areas through the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The group supports people through advocacy and education, and has a presence in the Oakwood Village trailer park and Brookside Mobile Village.
Nicolle Fletcher, co-founder with husband Phillip Fletcher, said entertainment this year would be from Little Rock’s Beyond Ballroom.
The dance company will perform, and the audience can later take part in traditional ballroom dancing and learn from the company’s teachers.
Established and young artists will be painting during the event, and finished pieces will be auctioned off through the night.
Artists are Beth Dawson, Ryan Landry, Nichelle Fletcher and Allison Tilley.
Speakers at the gala will be Badley Mannis, CoHO board member and CEO of Mannco Environmental Services; DeLanna Lacy, principal at Ellen Smith Elementary, where the CoHO community’s children attend school; Nicole Fletcher, CoHO founder; and young students Denise and Louse, who will speak on their experiences with CoHO and represent the Oakwood Village and Brookside communities.
Fletcher said all speakers will address different aspects of City of Hope, including its current activities and long-term goals.
One long-term goal Fletcher spoke of is the desire to open a third community center at Ash Street in Conway.
The group would also like to establish scholarship funding for graduating students in the two existing communities so that they can seek higher education.
Fletcher said the gala is an awareness event, but the founders will also ask community members to become part of the CoHO support system by asking them to become donors.
“Our big aim is to have people contribute $45 a month to largely impact the community. This would go to our buildings in both communities to continue our work in Oakwood and Brookside, and possibly a new location at Ash Street,” Fletcher said. “We will continue to promote holistic community renewal in those areas.”
City of Hope offers many services to the two areas by providing a laundry facility, tutoring for children, education for adults, an immediate emergency shelter, and other educational development.
The group runs a Christmas store, a community carnival and hosts a community Thanksgiving dinner.
Tickets to the gala are available at $25 online at www.cohogala2013.eventbrite.com until one week before the event. At that time, tickets will be available online for $50 or for $50 at the door.
Attire is formal.
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