CINCINNATI, OH – It was truly a night unlike any other. This year’s Hearts for Hope (at Home) Gala 2020 was creative and impactful! The main program at The Summit Hotel was attended by a small group of family and friends and the virtual program broadcast to more than 115 homes hosting gatherings to support the event. The 85 in-person guests went through temperature checks and wore masks, and enjoyed a socially distanced evening out. The live program was emceed by Mike Dardis and Sheree Paolello, along with and Mike Brown as the “roving reporter” from a home party. The evening raised over $450,000, in addition to the announcement of two long-term pledges that will help sustain and grow Boys Hope Girls Hope.
This year’s Gala honored LeAnne and Dave Conway for their years of dedicated support, and celebrated our scholars, as well as the importance of Boys Hope Girls Hope in our community. “We know that education is the absolute best way to create opportunity for young people. and Boys Hope Girls Hope provides this in Cincinnati,” said Dave Conway, Gala Honoree and Board member of Boys Hope Girls Hope.
The Gala is the signature annual, generating funds that directly support the program’s academically motivated middle and high school students, enabling and encouraging them to rise above disadvantaged backgrounds and become successful in the classroom. Dozens of individuals and companies, including Western & Southern Financial Group, and Construct Connect, stepped up to sponsor Hearts for Hope, making the fundraiser a success even before it began. This year saw unprecedented giving – an anonymous donor matched 2-1 dollars donated during the “Fund the Need” portion of the evening, which ultimately raised over $320,000.
In addition, The Gardner Family Foundation established a matching gift Scholarship Endowment Fund initiative in the amount of $500,000 to encourage others to leave a legacy. “Boys Hope Girls Hope is Cincinnati’s best kept secret and we hope to continue to help so many academically capable children. The generous Gardner Family matching gift will encourage others to give and help us build a much-needed Endowment to provide our services into the future” Missy Hendon Deters, Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope Cincinnati.
To close the evening program, LeAnne and Dave Conway announced a family pledge of $250,000 to establish a pilot mentoring program initiative to help more in need children in Cincinnati. BHGH Leadership Scholars program was launched last school year having high school students mentor children in urban middle schools. The expansion of this program will help to provide year-round mentoring for more than 2,500 children.