2011 Hope for Children Gala: Another Success!

On Friday, May 6th, Cross International hosted its 4th Annual Hope Gala in Akron, OH.  The event was another HUGE success, as more than $230,000 was raised at this year’s event!

For what was this money raised, you ask?

All the proceeds go towards the operation of schools for restavek children in Haiti. These schools provide children with an education, a daily meal (for many, their only meal) and hope for their future. Restavek children (literally meaning “stay with”) are sent away from their families – who are unable  to take care of them – to work as servants for their host families. In most cases, these children are treated like slaves.

Incept’s owner Jeff White and his wife (who also happens to be Incept’s Controller), Eun White, chaired the event this year, just as they did last year. The 2010 event raised $217,000, but this year, thanks to the generosity of the Ohio community and a matching gift from The Equitas Group, we were able to beat that number!

In addition to the money raised, many Incept employees volunteered their time to help with this amazing event. From being members on the board to assisting with event setup to helping at the event, our volunteers were a large part of what made the gala so successful!

I am expecting next year’s gala to be even bigger and better!