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Annual Luncheon Raises Record $47,000

Benefit Luncheon LogoPerseverance in Hope: The Joseph’s Home Annual Benefit Luncheon, raised a record $47,000 through the generosity of nearly 300 supporters who gathered in June at the DoubleTree Hotel in Cleveland. Guests participated in a raffle for an iPad mini and bid on 30 silent auction items, including 10 paintings by Joseph’s Home residents and alumni.

The record amount was a 40 percent increase over the amount raised at the 2012 anniversary luncheon. The money is being used to help acutely ill homeless men recover their health and rebuild their lives at Joseph’s Home.

Joseph’s Home Executive Director Georgette Jackson presented Catholic Charities with the 2013 Community Partnership Award in recognition of its ongoing contribution to the wellbeing of Joseph’s Home residents through their provision of life skill classes. Patrick Gareau and Maureen Dee accepted the award on behalf of Catholic Charities.

Current Joseph’s Home resident Jerry Smith shared how he was homeless with a broken leg and needed a place to recover and get his life back in order. He said his outlook on life has dramatically improved during his stay. He added, “I am looking forward to being on my own and starting a new life, and I have Joseph’s Home to thank for that. Joseph’s Home took a flower like me and I’ve bloomed.”

In his keynote address, Dick Russ, vice president of resource development for North Coast Community Homes and former television journalist, talked about his experiences growing up with a brother who had a developmental disability. He discussed how his brother and others like him had hearts of love and hope, teaching him that hope can break down barriers.

“For those who struggle, the difference between despair or perseverance can be hope,” said Russ. “Perseverance enabled by all of you who support Joseph’s Home stokes the fires of hope. As a former newsman, we’ve got a very good story here at Joseph’s Home. Thank you all associated with Joseph’s Home for bringing back hope.”

The residents, staff and board of Joseph’s Home thank all of the sponsors, volunteers, donors and guests who made the 2013 Joseph’s Home Benefit Luncheon such a remarkable success.

Photos from Perseverance in Hope: The Joseph's Home 2013 Benefit Luncheon
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From left to right:Len Calabrese, President of Catholic Community Connection; Sr. Miriam Erb, CSA; Keynote Speaker Dick Russ
Luncheon Photo Kim Kirk (left) and Joseph's Home Resident John Whaley
Luncheon Photo From left to right: Sr. Sharon Anne Yanak, CSA; Sr. Sr. Ruth Marie Behrend, OSU; Sr. Ann Clare Asbeck, OSU; Sr. Joanne Kessler, OSU; Sr. Evelyn Flowers, CSA
Joseph's Home Executive Director Georgette Jackson (left) and Keynote Speaker Dick Russ
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From left to right: Jim Dinnegan, Diane Pope and John Strasburger of HealthTrust
Luncheon Photo Joseph's Home residents Mr. Russell (left) and Mr. Williams

Joseph's Home Board Chair Kathy Heigle (left) and Joseph's Home Executive Director Georgette Jackson
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Luncheon Photo From left to right: Carole Carpenter, Sue Gaughan, Sister Sandy LoPorto, SSJ-TOSF
Luncheon Photo Sr. Cabrini Ferritto, CSA (left) and Sr. Francesca Rauckhorst, CSA
Luncheon Photo Joseph's Home Board Members Nadine Ezzie (left) and Helena Oroz
Luncheon Photo From left to right: Janet Kidney; Deanne Kelley and Sr. Mary Ann Andrews, CSA
Luncheon Photo From left to right: Kim Connors, Chris Brewer, Laura Cappetto, Ellen Evans and Nancy Ilg

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Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President and CEO of Sisters of Charity Health System
Patrick Gareau, Secretary of Catholic Charities
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Joseph's Home Executive Director Georgette Jackson and Joseph's Home Resident Jerry Smith
Keynote Speaker Dick Russ, Vice President of Resource Development, North Coast Community Homes
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