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FERNDALE, Mich. –
Affirmations community center in Ferndale has raised over half of the funds needed to complete the HOPE Fund challenge.
The HOPE Fund has pledged $25,000, challenging the organization to raise an additional $25,000. As of press time, Affirmations had raised over $13,000 during cocktail hour events held at BlackFinn Saloon in Royal Oak and a recently launched “I Am Affirmations” fundraising campaign.
“We’re pleased to be moving in such a positive direction with this challenge,” said CEO Leslie Thompson. “Affirmations plays a crucial role in so many lives, and we hope the needed support for our programs and services will continue.”
The HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan exists to
strengthen and empower organizations that serve the LGBT community by supporting important charitable activities in southeast Michigan and by encouraging individuals to consider what they can do with their personal philanthropy. Since its inception in 1994, the HOPE Fund has issued more than $1.2 million in grants.
The HOPE Fund challenge will be in effect until the end of October. “Ninety-two new donors have come to us since we announced the HOPE Fund’s challenge a few
weeks ago,” said Michael Coleman, director of Communications and Development. “Although the summer’s traditionally a very challenging fundraising season, we’re hopeful that community members will continue to give as they can over the next few weeks, to help us meet this challenge.”
For more information, or to make a donation, call the center at 248-398-7105 or visit them online at http://www.goaffirmations.org.