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Hope Grows 2023

Tuesday, April 18th marked an amazing night of fellowship, encouragement, and hope which opened up
with an exciting musical performance by The Katinas!

We are grateful that because of YOUR generosity, $265,000 of our $300,000 fundraising goal has
already been raised to advance these life-saving services! Thank you for this outpouring of compassion
and generosity that allows mental and emotional health services to be affordable and accessible to our

As Amy mentioned on Tuesday, these gifts give someone the courage to keep going, the strength to
reach for help and the hope that they are not alone and that their life matters.

The Katina’s performed a few of their upbeat, lively songs to start Hope Grows 2023. Mayor Ken Moore
welcomed our guests and Pastors Daren Whitehead and Jeff Simmons presented the 2023 Hope Award
to Carlos Whittaker, a prominent author and social media “Hope Dealer”. Carlos embodies the mission
and values of Refuge to empower, educate and support those in need.

Mayor Ken Cooper

Carlos Whittaker accepting The Hope Award

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