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We enjoyed seeing our amazing donors in person again! Your support and passion helped raise more than $171,000 in support of our community and those we serve every day.
Special thanks to our guest speakers, Mayor Penny Sweet, Norma and Marty Morris for sharing their experience as long-time Hopelink supporters. We also are grateful to auctioneer Graham Crow, and to our new hosts at beautiful Sparkman Cellars. And of course, thank you to the incomparable Chef John Howie and Seastar, who once again outdid themselves with a one-of-a-kind menu!
We continue to appreciate your generous support of Hopelink’s work to eradicate poverty in our region. If you were unable to attend and would still like to support Hopelink, please visit www.hopelink.org/donate.
Our next event is Hopelink’s 27th annual Reaching Out Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 17! Please register to attend and join Dr. Catherine Cushinberry and Tracee Ellis Ross for a discussion you won’t want to miss!
Please know that your meaningful support continues to make a lasting impact.
Dr. Catherine Cushinberry
Hopelink CEO Dr. Catherine Cushinberry is looking forward to joining us at Sparkman cellars for her second Farm Fresh Feast event. Dr. Cushinberry has served as Hopelink CEO since April 2021, joining the organization from City Year Memphis, where she was executive director. During her time as Hopelink CEO, Dr. Cushinberry has taken the lead in not only guiding the organization through the later months of the pandemic but positioning Hopelink for the years ahead. Since joining the organization, Dr. Cushinberry has been featured in 425 Magazine and on the cover of 425 Business, as well as on KING TV’s Hometeam Harvest broadcast in December.
For the past 31 years, Graham Crow has been working with schools, charities and organizations all over the United States and Canada, raising more than $95 million dollars through benefit auctions and fundraising events. His philosophy of encouraging people to “donate more than you had planned, but to feel really good about doing so,” has made him one of the most sought-after benefit auctioneers in North America. He is delighted to return for the fifth year as Hopelink's auctioneer in 2022.
Since beginning his culinary career in Seattle at the age of 15, John Howie has made a name for himself in two key areas: a commitment to fresh, unique dishes in each of his food and beverage enterprises, and a generous spirit that lives to serve his community. Howie is the heart and soul of John Howie Steak, Seastar, Sport and Beardslee Public House; restaurants that are known for their philanthropic achievements as well as their culinary expertise. Regularly featured in local and national media, Howie also is the author of “Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table.”
For questions, please email RSVP@hopelink.org or call 425.897.3703.