Urban Hope Raises over $75,000 at 10th Annual Chefs and Chocolates

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Urban Hope, a non-profit dedicated to the children of Savannah, celebrated their 10th Annual Chefs and Chocolates fundraiser on February 21, 2020, raising a record-breaking $77,000.

Long-time board member and co-creator of the fundraising event, Cassie Beckwith, “Ten years ago, Urban Hope was on the verge of closing its doors due to a shortage of funds. That sobering fact fueled the idea to host our own fundraiser. With the support of a small number of sponsors and chefs, we were able to raise $6,000 the inaugural year. Raising $77,000 this year is a testament to our passion for the children we serve and hard work of continuing this event.”

The sold-out event returned to the award-winning Kehoe Iron Works in Savannah and featured live music, a silent and live auction, small plates and desserts from celebrated local chefs and artisans.

This year, the popular fundraiser welcomed acclaimed author and founder of Urban Promise, Dr. Bruce Main as the keynote speaker.

Jennifer Oetgen, Urban Hope Board of Directors President, “Our 10th Annual Chefs and Chocolates fundraiser surpassed everyone's expectations and showed once again what an amazing community we have in Savannah. We are proud that Urban Hope will have the ability to offer our free summer camp to more children than ever before in 2020! Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible.”