Grace Centers of Hope will host its inaugural “Masquerade for Hope” fundraiser Sat., Oct. 26, at the Orchard Lake Country Club,will raise funds for the Hope Hands of Hope Childcare Center, a facility that provides care and programs for children who are homeless.

Online PR News – 23-October-2013 – Pontiac, MI – PONTIAC, Mich., Oct. 21, 2013 – Grace Centers of Hope will host its inaugural “Masquerade for Hope” fundraiser gala on Sat., Oct. 26, at the Orchard Lake Country Club, 5000 W. Shore Dr., Orchard Lake. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and will raise funds for the Grace Centers of Hope Hands of Hope Childcare Center, a Pontiac-based facility that provides specialized care and programs for children who are the victims of homelessness.

“There are more than 9,000 homeless children under the age of six who are living on the streets in Michigan with roughly 1,300 children in Oakland County on any given night,” said Pastor Kent Clark, CEO of Grace Centers of Hope. “Unfortunately, there are far-reaching consequences for these statistics, including impairments for learning, behavior and both physical and mental well-being. We hope our Masquerade for Hope builds greater awareness about this tragedy while positively making a difference for so many innocent lives.”

The Masquerade for Hope will offer guests a signature dinner headed by Orchard Lake Country Club Executive Chef Marx Dixon CEC, a silent auction as well as entertainment provided by the Detroit Flyhouse Circus. WXYZ TV-7 reporter Heather Catallo will serve as emcee for the masquerade-themed event. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased by calling 1-855-HELP-GCH ext. 114 or visit www.gracecentersofhope.org.

The Grace Centers of Hope “Hands of Hope” Childcare Center is a state-licensed, 4,200 square foot facility that serves children of parents who are enrolled in programs at Grace Centers of Hope. The childcare center features three classrooms, two offices, a kitchen, snack and craft area, three bathrooms and an outdoor playground. The childcare center employs staff who are specifically trained to work with at-risk children, including programs available for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Masquerade for Hope Chairperson is Sharon M. Wood of Birmingham, and Honorary Chairperson is Wendy Petherick of West Bloomfield. Event planning committee members include: Michelle Atwell of Waterford; Kathryn Bowman Coleman of Bloomfield Hills; Karen Crawford of Walled Lake; Lori Engel of West Bloomfield; Ellen Huber of Bloomfield Hills; Cindy Kochendorfer of Clarkston; Karen Krieger of Bloomfield Hills; Barb Larose of Troy; Brittney Moiser of Birmingham; Sheri Myers of West Bloomfield; Nanette Nirta of Rochester; Sue Phillips of Macomb; Wendy Waszkiewicz of Rochester; and Abby Whiteford of Clarkston.

Sponsors include: Beaumont Health System is a Platinum Hope Sponsor; Stonebridge Financial Partners, LLC and The Valenti Foundation are Gold Mask Sponsors; Bowman Chevrolet and Seizert Capital Partners are Silver Mask Sponsors; MBanks is a Bronze Sponsor; and Scott Shuptrine Furniture is a Patron Sponsor.

About Grace Centers of Hope
Giving hope to the helpless since 1942, Grace Centers of Hope is considered one of the leading faith-based organizations in Southeastern Michigan, daily confronting issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty, abuse and spiritual emptiness. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope provides transitional and emergency shelter to 150-200 men, women and children, in addition to serving more than 100,000 meals each year. Grace’s $5.7 million yearly budget is maintained solely through corporate and private donors, exclusive of any government assistance. To learn more about Grace Centers of Hope or to make a donation, please visit www.gracecentersofhope.org