We'd like to WELCOME you to SAVE THE DATE!


Serving Up Hope 2019 will be held on January 26 at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island. This year's signature ingredient, Pineapple, has significance for Hope Harbor. In 2019, we will celebrate 25 years of welcoming families who are looking for a shelter from the storm. The pineapple is known to be the symbol of hospitality. What a fitting way to begin our 25th year! We hope you join us! 

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 3rd

History of Serving Up Hope

A full shelter with a waiting list served as inspiration for a fundraiser to help Hope Harbor move forward with plans and programs that benefit the homeless.

In 2012, Julie Gortemaker, then president of Hope Harbor’s Board of Directors, presented the fundraising committee with an idea for a cooking competition. It didn’t take long for the committee to rally ideas and put a plan in place. In February 2013, it all came together with the inaugural Serving Up Hope: Battle Caramel.

Designed to be an annual event, the competition pairs local chefs with a staple ingredient to be crafted into a taste bud tickler. All the desserts were delectable, but Chef Sharena Anson’s Salted Caramel Dome Cake with a side of Iced Caramel Latte earned her the title, “Queen of Caramel.” However, the real winners of this event are those trying to better themselves – people who have fallen on hard times and deserve a second chance.

The dinner, auction, and dessert competition drew over 300 people in 2013, and more than 400 in 2014. We hope you’ll join us for this friendly competition and delicious event that benefits a great cause!

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