Raising Hope: Richard Berry as Keynote Speaker

Raising Hope: Richard Berry as Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Richard J. Berry, former mayor of Albuquerque, NM

Initiator of “There’s a Better Way” to end homelessness

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RICHARD BERRY TO KEYNOTE

Keynote speaker for Raising Hope, Richard Berry, brings to Savannah years of experience and success implementing innovative strategies to reduce homelessness.

As two-term mayor of Albuquerque, Mr. Richard Berry advanced initiatives to provide daily work and housing for the homeless, programs he respectively named “There’s A Better Way” and “Albuquerque Heading Home.” Mr. Berry’s TedxTalk on the subject of homelessness has received over 1.1 million views..

During his time as mayor, Mr. Berry served as chairman of the US Conference of Mayors Metro Economies Committee and as chairman of the Community Leaders of America (CLA). Before being elected as Mayor of Albuquerque, Mr. Berry also served in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

ABOUT RAISING HOPE: Scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, Raising Hope is chaired by Ginna Carroll. Attracting over 300 business and community leaders, Raising Hope is Union Mission’s largest fundraiser, providing support for short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, culinary job training and much more. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Mark Toth, Director of Strategy & Development, at 248-770-3933 or Mtoth@unionmission.org.

 

Raising Hope: Honoring a Local Legacy

Raising Hope: Honoring a Local Legacy

Event Honorees: Don and Kaye Kole

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DON AND KAYE KOLE TO BE HONORED AT UNION MISSION’S 4TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

The Koles’ involvement with Union Mission spans nearly three decades. In 2007, the Don & Kaye Kole Center was established to provide those experiencing homelessness with a place of refuge. The center (now serving as the Magdalene Project) currently provides emergency accommodations to homeless women and their children.

In addition to be being a past chairman of Union Mission’s board of directors, Mr. Kole has served in leadership roles of numerous well-respected Savannah non-profits including The Armstrong Foundation, Candler Hospital Foundation, Georgia Historical Society, Hospice Savannah, Jewish Educational Alliance, King-Tisdell Museum, Savannah Jewish Federation and the United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Mrs. Kole, a former librarian, founded the Savannah Jewish Archives and authored several books on the Jewish community of Savannah. She is an active member of the Georgia Historical Society, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Savannah Area Genealogical Association, and the Southern Jewish Historical Society. Live Oak Public Libraries named the Kaye Kole Genealogy & Local History Room in her honor.

“The Kole’s involvement with Union Mission
spans nearly three decades.”

Since marrying in 1955, Mr. Kole, a graduate of Boston University and a U.S. Army veteran, and Mrs. Kole, a Savannah native and graduate of Armstrong State University, have devoted themselves to family, community and commerce. Please help us honor these transformational members of our community on May 9th.

ABOUT RAISING HOPE: Scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, Raising Hope is chaired by Ginna Carroll. Attracting over 300 business and community leaders, Raising Hope is Union Mission’s largest fundraiser, providing support for short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, culinary job training and much more. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Mark Toth, Director of Strategy & Development, at 248-770-3933 or Mtoth@unionmission.org.

 

Raising Hope 2017 Recap

Raising Hope 2017 Recap

Andrea Six

Union Mission Volunteer

Dr. Bertice Berry has a way with laughter. She says it’s “such a gift” and has the ability to turn a stark situation around.

“I have the power to change someone else’s life,” she said, encouraging the audience on Thursday, April 20 during Union Mission’s second annual Raising Hope fundraising dinner at the Hyatt Regency. “What we don’t tap into is how that difference can charge us to keep going.”

Raising Hope 2017

Photograph by John McKinnon

The sixth of seven children, Berry grew up poor in Wilmington, Delaware. After she was told that she “not college material,” Berry was gifted with the support of another instructor who believed she was destined for more. Because this one person encouraged and helped her apply to schools, she not only went to college, but graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jacksonville University in Florida and went on too obtain a masters degree in two semesters, later earning Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University.

And it all started with one person believing in her, encouraging her and helping her take one step forward. This did not just enable her, but allowed her to help others and give them hope.

“When you set a person free, you set an entire village free,” she told the audience. “Just because you’re not there to see, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.”

In her speech, Berry told of her mother’s alcoholism when she was a child and explained how the cycle does not have to continue—you can be the one to stop it. Her mother told her this before she passed away—that she was taking all the baggage with her and that her daughter could live a life free of those chains. T

he crowd sat in awe, laughing right along with Berry as she told of the incredible individuals who helped her and those who annoyed the heck out of her along the way.

Dr. Bertice Berry speaking at Raising Hope 2017

Photograph by John McKinnon

Today, Dr. Berry lives with her five adopted children in Savannah, where she is active in supporting organizations benefitting those in need. While she has graciously donated the royalties from the sales of her books to organizations that help families in transition, raised funds for scholarships and helped provide resource information to low-income families, she encourages others to get involved in whatever way they can.

“We all possess the power to make some else’s day better. It doesn’t take much,” Berry said. “Sometimes we have to remind ourselves: I have the power to change someone else’s life.”

Raising Hope: A Journey from the Streets to Success

Raising Hope: A Journey from the Streets to Success

Dr. Bertice Berry, author and speaker

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Raising Hope: A Journey from the Streets to Success

On Thursday, April 20, Dr. Bertice Berry, inspirational speaker and best-selling author of “I’m On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head,” will step on stage to share her inspiring story as this year’s keynote speaker at Raising Hope, Union Mission’s annual spring fundraising event.

The sixth of seven children, Berry grew up poor in Wilmington, Delaware. Told by a high school teacher that she was “not college material,” Berry was nonetheless gifted with the support of another instructor who believed she was destined for more. With help and hope, Berry applied to college, eventually graduating Magna Cum Laude from Jacksonville University in Florida. She would go on to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University.

Far from the poverty of her youth, Berry was now the teacher inspiring hope in the hearts of young adults. Sbe began teaching at Kent, her lectures becoming so popular the school had to find larger lecture halls to accommodate the ever-increasing number of students.

“A colleague said to me, ‘You’re funny,’ and I said, ‘No I’m not, I’m a scholar,” recounts Dr. Berry.

It was then she realized using humor in her lectures to address such difficult subjects made a profound impact. From there, Dr. Berry became an award-winning entertainer, lecturer, and comedian, even winning the coveted national Comedian of the Year Award. Soon her schedule came to include over 200 appearances a year.

Today, Dr. Berry lives with her five adopted children in Savannah, where she has taken a very active role in supporting organizations that benefit those in need – a support that has not gone unrecognized. In 2011, Savannah Technical College President Dr. Kathy Love along with Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson dedicated a new Student Enrichment Facility to Dr. Berry and presented her with the Bertice Berry Change & Transformation Classrooms.

 

In addition to her community involvement, Berry has graciously donated all of the royalties from the sales of her books to organizations that help families in transition, raise funds for scholarships, and provide resource information to low-income families. She understands that people need more than just encouragement to move forward, but believes motivation and purpose are the foundation of change which will get individuals on the right journey.

“When you walk with purpose,” Dr. Berry says, “you collide with destiny!”

Raising Hope will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is business casual and tickets are $125 a person or $1,100 for a table of 10. For patron tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laura Lane McKinnon at (912) 236- 7423 ext. 1148 or lmckinnon@unionmission.org.

 

Union Mission Raising Hope for the Homeless in Savannah

Union Mission Raising Hope for the Homeless in Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA – March 07, 2016 – Join Union Mission for an uplifting and enlightening evening event, Raising Hope, on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah. The featured keynote speaker, Liz Murray, best-selling author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, will share her personal journey and inspire us to overcome our challenges.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM. All proceeds from the event will support Union Mission’s work preventing and ending homelessness in the greater Savannah area.

“The funds raised from Raising Hope are vital to assisting those who are ready to leave homelessness behind for good,” said Steve Allison, Union Mission’s Executive Director. “This event will help Union Mission continue to provide comprehensive supportive services, like mental health counseling and employment training, and those services give people the tools they need to rebuild their lives.”

Tickets are priced at $125 per ticket or $1,100 for a table of ten. For information on how to purchase tickets, please visit the Union Mission ticketing website https://unionmission.ejoinme.org/raisinghopetickets or telephone Laura Lane McKinnon at 912-236-7423

Union Mission is a non-profit organization committed to preventing and reducing homelessness in the greater Savannah area. Union Mission seeks to create an environment where individuals can thrive and lives can be rebuilt. Union Mission relies on the generosity of the people of Savannah as donors and volunteers in fulfilling its commitment to end homelessness.

 

 

 

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