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Hand Up Gala: Individual Donors

  was in October of 2014

The Hand Up Gala is a unique fund raiser in which homeless and hungry individuals get to enjoy the four star meal and the atmosphere of a wonderful dinner.  In 2014, we were also celebrating the 20th year of the Bishop William Cosgrove Center.  Instead of supporters dressing up and purchasing tickets for a dinner and silent auction, we ask you to support this event to support the Bishop Cosgrove Center and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.  Everyone that donates at least $50 is entered into an auction, but any donation is welcomed for this event.  In order to meet the budget of NEOCH’s Outreach Program and support the efforts of the Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Charities, we rely on individual donors to contribute funds to our Hand up Gala event.   This year the event was on October 17, 2014 at the Bishop William Cosgrove Center with the auction drawing was October 29, 2014.

Where Does the Money Go?

NEOCH’s Outreach Program has effectively decreased the number of individuals sleeping outside downtown every night from hundreds a night at the turn of the century to approximately twenty-five a night today. Through monetary contributions to NEOCH’s Outreach Program, social workers and health care professionals are able to directly connect with those living on the streets and resistant to shelter programs.  Moreover, NEOCH’s outreach program includes the distribution of the Street Card which details homeless resources in the downtown area. Finally, NEOCH’s outreach program works to establish a safer downtown by encouraging communication with police so that NEOCH can handle issues relating to homelessness and the police can focus on law enforcement.     

Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Charities' Bishop William Cosgrove Center supports a comprehensive continuum of care to fragile populations throughout Northeast Ohio including referrals, housing assistance, and obtaining copies of birth certificates and ID cards. Their Cosgrove Center offers breakfast and lunch to hundreds of hungry people Monday through Friday and provides supportive services to those who are struggling to find their way out of poverty. Among theses services, is the providing of bus passes to members of the homeless community and providing therapeutic art classes. Donations to The Bishop Cosgrove Center as part of the Hand Up Gala will assist with renovating the facility in its 20th year.  This includes improving the kitchen, bathrooms and the atmosphere within the Center.   

How do I donate?

Mail a donation to NEOCH at 3631 Perkins Ave. Suite 3A-3, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 and mark Hand Up Gala in the memo box or click here to donate online and indicate that your donation is for the Hand Up Gala in the description box. Interested in donating as a business? Click here. As a supporter, an individual or family will be entered into the online drawing of gifts from area businesses.  You can also donate anything you win to a homeless person.  We will then auction those items to homeless people who attend the Homeless Congress meetings at the Cosgrove Center.

The Auctions:

To be entered into the raffle once, a donation of $50 is required; to be entered twice, a donation of $100 is required; etc. The raffle will take place on October 29, 2014, so you have until that Monday to support this event and the two organizations.  This year as part of the 20th anniversary of the Bishop Cosgrove Center we are providing prize packages to the winners of the auction drawing.  Please when you donate indicate the number of the prize package that you are interested in winning.  Please mark down three choices that you are interested in winning. 


Price is Right Package

2 Price is Right Baseball Caps

2 Price is Right T-Shirts

Autographed Pictures of Drew Carey and Cast

2 VIP Production Seats for Price is Right studio audience


Family Fun

Package 1

4 Courtesy Admissions to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest

3 $10.00 Gift cards from Dave’s Supermarket


Family Fun

Package 2

2 Lake Erie Monsters Game Tickets for Club seats

$30.00 gift card  for Angelo’s Pizza


Make It a

Date Package

Nautica Queen lunch cruise for 2

2 Cinemark Movie PASSES


Fun and Stuff Package

4 Tickets to Pickwick & Frolic comedy show

$10.00 gift certificate for Mitchells Ice Cream

$10.00 gift certificate for Campbells’s Sweet Factory



Package 1

Autographed Cleveland Browns football signed by Desmond Bryant DE #92

Great Lakes Brewery Basket



Package 2

Autographed Cleveland Browns Football by Bryan Hoyer QB#6

2 Pro football Hal of Fame Tickets

$20 gift certificate to Pickle Bills


Greater Akron

Arts and

Golf Outing

4 passes to the Akron Art Museum

18 hole Golf Certificate to Ironwood Golf Course Hinkley Ohio.

2 tickets to the Akron Symphony


Arts and Snack

Pack 1

4 tickets to Cleveland Public Theatre

1 Gift package from the Chargrin Falls Popcorn Shop

1 $10 gift certificate for Michell’s Ice Cream


Arts, History

and Snack Pack 2

2 tickets to the Beck Center for the ARTS

$50 gift basket from Trader Joe’s

4 tickets for Western Reserve Historical Society


Baseball and Garden Tour

2 tickets for Lolly the Trolley Tours

4 tickets for the Lake County Captains

4 tickets to the Cleveland Botantical Garden


Home and

Family Fun Days

1 $50 gift certificate for Sherwin Williams Paint

1 $50 gift certificate to Petitti's Garden Center

$10 gift certificate to Mitchell's Ice Cream Shop


 A Few Nights of

Art and

Animals in Akron

 2 tickets to a Performance at E.J Thomas Hall Season

 4 complimentary tickets to the Akron Zoo

  2 tickets to the Akron Civic Theatre season.


Classical Music

and A Sports


 2 tickets to The Cleveland Orchestra 2014 to 2015 season.

2 tickets to the Akron Rubber Ducks 2015 season



A Study of Animals and Science

 4 passes to the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo and Rainforest.

$50 gift certificate to the Melting Pot (a fondue restaurant) in Westgate mall or Legacy Village.

2 tickets to the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus Ohio.


Holiday Concert, Golfing with Wholesale Goods

 4 Tickets to the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert on November 30.

4 Passes to the Cleveland MetroParks 18 hole Golf Course

Gift Certificate to Costco


...Additional prizes added daily…


Thank You To Our 2014 Donors!

Program Book:

Also, this year we are putting together a 20th anniversary program book to be distributed at the event and given to every volunteer.  Then we will post the program book on our website for archive purposes.  Many groups have taken out advertisements of support for the Cosgrove Center.  These are typically words of encouragement or congratulations from partners or volunteers.  If you are interested in helping with to support the Cosgrove Center with an advertisement click here.  

We have added a link to all of these great organizations who are assissting wit hthe Hand Up Gala. Click on the name of their business to go to their website for more information on their services.



Auction Donors: 

The Price is Right

The Cleveland Metroparks

Dave's Supermarket 

Lake Erie Monster's

Angelo's Pizza

Nautica Queen

Pickwick and Frolic

Mitchell's Ice Cream

Campbell's Sweet Factory

The Cleveland Browns

Great Lakes Brewery

The Pro Football Hall of Fame

Pickle Bills

Akron Art Museum

Ironwood Golf Course

The Akron Symphony

 Cleveland Public Theatre

Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop

Beck Center of the Arts

Trader Joe's

Western Reserve Historical Society

Lolly the Trolley

Lake County Captains

Cleveland Bontantical Gardens

Sherwin Williams

Petitti Garden Center

E.J. Thomas Hall  

Akron Zoo

Akron Civic Theatre

The Cleveland Orchestra

Akron Rubber Ducks

Cleveland Pops Orchestra

The Melting Pot --a fondue restaurant

Center for Science and Industry in Columbus

Costco Wholesale Club

Go to the Hand Up Gala home page