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Dawn of Hope’s Spring Luau a Hula Good Time!

Presented by Cherokee Distributing Company, the 11th Annual Dawn of Hope Spring Luau raised more than $64,000, all of which will help support life enhancing programs for more than 210 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by Dawn of Hope!

Emcee Chuck Mason & parent speaker Maggie Nopo - Web

Held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City, TN, the annual event brings in funding that is vital to the success of our organization, and every year we are humbled by the generosity of those who contribute to the event. Thank you for your support and for helping make our work possible.

We are sincerely grateful to our Major Sponsor, Cherokee Distributing Company, for their generous support of Dawn of Hope. We also wish to extend a BIG thank you to our remaining event sponsors, donors, raffle ticket holders and volunteers who helped make this year’s Spring Luau a record-breaking year. It is through the kindness and generosity from our business and community partners, that we are able to continue to impact the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.led by the generosity of those who contribute to the event. Thank you for the support and for helping make our work at Dawn of Hope possible.

Spring Luau 2015 pic - Web

Guests of the event enjoyed Hawaiian-style luau fare from the Millennium Centre and complimentary beverages from Cherokee Distributing and One Stop Wines & Spirits while enjoying a relaxed, tropical atmosphere. Guests had the opportunity to meet and even dance with numerous individuals served by Dawn of Hope and had the pleasure of hearing from Mrs. Maggie Nopo, the mother of service recipient Todd. She engaged the crowd with heartwarming stories about raising a child with disabilities and the crucial impact that Dawn of Hope has made on her entire family.  Entertainment continued throughout the night with numerous activities including the live and silent auctions, complimentary photos from Mr. Picture Booth, a festive game of Heads or Tails, and dancing the night away to beach-themed music by 40 West.

M.B. Camak III from Nashville was the big winner, walking away with the $10,000 grand prize!  Another $2,375 was dispersed in smaller cash prizes to nineteen other lucky winners. The generosity of our community shows no bounds; more than $5,000 of the cash prizes were donated back to the Dawn of Hope Foundation!

The accomplishment of the 2015 Spring Luau would have been impossible without the hard work of several very important individuals – the Dawn of Hope Board of Trustees, Board of Directors and the Spring Luau Planning Committee. We are sincerely grateful for all of their time and effort to make this a top-notch event!

On behalf of everyone at Dawn of Hope, we extend our utmost gratitude to everyone who selflessly provided support and to those who worked tirelessly over the past several months to make this year’s Spring Luau a tremendous success that was enjoyed by all!  THANK YOU!


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