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Home Start Hope to Host 7th Annual Black Jack Ball

Proceeds benefit women transitioning from Bethany House and Sojourner House with a fresh start in creating a new home.

April 4, 2017

Media Contacts
Cindy Harper, Public Relations | | 585.690.2164

Kristin Mathis, Founder || 585.265.3383

WHAT:  Home Start Hope (HSH) is holding its annual fundraiser, the Black Jack Ball on Saturday, April  8th at Irondequoit Country Club. This event includes a silent and live auction, casino gaming, live music by The Uptown Groove and promises an evening of fun while supporting a great cause. This year’s theme is Reach for the Stars – a fitting tribute to the women we serve who are rebuilding their lives.
Home Start Hope raises funds to provide new, essential household items to women and their children who are transitioning to independent living from Bethany House or Sojourner House. Essential items including blankets, pillows, towels, and sheets are just a few of the items provided to allow these women a fresh start to an independent life. A complete “Wish-list” is available on our website,
All proceeds from the 2017 Black Jack Ball directly benefit members of the Rochester community, and to date, nearly 300 community members have been served via the Home Start Hope program. 98% of the funds raised by Home Start Hope are used to purchase items and help local women make a fresh start.
Anyone who would like to help support Home Start Hope can make a secure online donations at, donate Target gift cards, or by purchasing Wish List items using the Home Start Hope registry
WHERE:  Irondequoit Country Club – 4045 East Avenue, Rochester
TICKETS: Available at  or by emailing
Media:  Interviews with founder Kristin Mathis available. Numerous b-roll and photo opportunities available the day of the event.
About Home Start Hope:
Since 2010, Home Start Hope has provided essential household items to women and their children transitioning from Bethany or Sojourner House to independent living. By providing these essential household items, Home Start Hope works to support the women as they begin the journey of rebuilding their lives with renewed dignity and self-esteem.