Billy’s Birthday Bash!

Founder and board president, Billy Bludgus, threw a fundraising party beer pong tournament on May 21st at Pat O’Briens in Manhattan in honor of his birthday.   About 90 people showed and they raised $950 which is being matched by UBS for a total of $1900!  Board member Scott Sadowski donated two tickets to the Mets / Yankees for the winners of the tournament.  Everyone in attendance had a great time – thank you for showing your support.

Strides for Kids 2011 Recap

On June 4, Blue Hope supporters gathered in Whitnall Park, located near Milwaukee, to participate in Strides for Kids 2011.  The supporters enjoyed amazing food, a great silent auction, and some wonderful company.  Over $2000 was raised through walker registration, pledges and the silent auction!

Thank you to everyone who came out to walk in Strides for Kids and learn more about the amazing mission of House of Blue Hope.  We are very excited about planning for Strides for Kids 2012 – mark your calendars:  June 2, 2012!

Blue Hope Hoodie!

We are excited to announce that BK Clothing Co has generously partnered with House of Blue Hope!  Purchase a “Blue Hope” hoodie and the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to House of Blue Hope.  With fair trade production and a super cool design, this is the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list (or for yourself!)

May 2011 Newsletter

House of Blue Hope Foundation

Overcoming poverty through education… one child at a time.

May 2011,  Vol 3  Issue 2

Strides for Kids!

It’s our annual charity walk and it will be bigger and better than last year!  Starting at 10am in Whitnall park, there will be the traditional 5k walk/run, with food, entertainment, raffle/silent auction, and tons of fun!  Register for the walk here. This year, we are having a contest for who raises the most pledges as well!  To raise pledges, you will have your own fund raising web page – just email Jenna at jriedi@houseofbluehope.org to get set up!

News From Tanzania – Meet Frank

Frank is 11 years old and has had a rough start to life.  His father was murdered and his mother has been in jail for most of his childhood.  Frank joined the House of Blue Hope program and moved into the house in Fall of 2010.  He is really enjoying school and his studies, and especially loves learning English, which he practices every night with the Blue Hope tutor, Patrick.  Frank wants to go into politics and become a government leader when he grows up.  Meet the rest of the Blue Hope boys!

Second Annual Poker Tournament

Join us for our second annual poker tournament!

Who: YOU!

What: Our second annual poker tournament is a fund raiser for the House of Blue Hope Foundation.  The three finalist will receive a prize as well as everyone who makes it to the final table will receive an additional prize for their accomplishment!  There will be a beginners table for those who want to play, but are new to the game.   Come to play, and bring your friends to enjoy the amazing food and drinks at Center Court!  **If you bring two friends who also play, your first buy-in will be free!

Please email jriedi@houseofbluehope.org if you have any questions!

Where: Center Court Pub and Grille (1118 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee)

When: Friday, June 3 starting at 7pm

Register Now here before the seats fill up!

Happy Birthday to our board president, Billy Bludgus!

Blue Hope Poker Tournament 2011

Join us for our second annual poker tournament!

Who: YOU!

What: Our second annual poker tournament is a fund raiser for the House of Blue Hope Foundation.  Everyone who makes it to the final table will receive a prize and the three finalist will receive an additional prize for their accomplishment!  There will also be a beginners table for those who want to play, but are new to the game.   Come play, and bring your friends to enjoy the amazing food and drinks at Center Court!

Please email jriedi@houseofbluehope.org if you have any questions!

Where: Center Court Pub and Grille (1118 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee)

When: Friday, June 3 starting at 7pm

Register Now here before the seats fill up!

Strides for Kids 2011!

Join us for our third annual 5K Walk/Run!

In addition to the walk, there will be games, a raffle, silent auction, food and refreshments!

Entry Fee:
$25 per participant preregistration (ends 6/3)
$30 per person day of registration
Children under 12 are free!

First 100 registrants will receive a free t-shirt!

Pre-register online:
www.razoo.com/story/Strides-For-Kids-2011

Pledges are also encouraged – those who raise the most in pledges will win prizes!

You can set up your own donation page online to collect pledges from friends, families and coworkers! Those who collect the most pledges will receive prizes. Simply go to:  www.razoo.com/story/House-Of-Blue-Hope-Foundation
click on “fund raise” and set up your page!

For more information contact Jenna Riedi at (608) 213-6591 or jriedi@houseofbluehope.org

Wicked Wolf Tavern Recap

On Friday, February 11th, the House of Blue Hope Foundation hosted a Happy Hour event in White Plains, New York at Wicked Wolf Tavern from 5:30pm to 7:30pm with 20 people attending and over $300 of proceeds.  This was the first event hosted in the area, however the strong turn-out and enjoyable evening will likely lead us to host another event here in the Spring.  A special thank you to Kate Sadowski and Tara Spector for organizing the event and to Wicked Wolf Tavern for being an excellent host.  We look forward to seeing many of you at our next event, thanks again for the support!

Join the Blue Hope Bracket Challenge!

Have a chance at winning a Starbucks gift basket of goodies and bragging rights in this year’s Blue Hope Bracket Challenge.  Simply donate $10 here and we will send you the id and password for our Yahoo Tournament page.  Remember, you must get your bracket in before Thursday’s game – so hurry and register now!  Please send any question you have to jriedi@houseofbluehope.org.  Thanks and good luck!

4 Year Anniversary

On February 15th, the House of Blue Hope turned 4 years old.  Over the past four years we have gone from supporting 4 kids in a rented room to now supporting 16 kids through school, owning our own building, renting a second building, instituting a variety of weekend and evening holistic educational programs, and partnering with a number of other non-profits throughout the country as we really try to address the root causes of why there are kids on the streets in the first place.  It’s been quite the journey!

Thank you for all your support and helping us be so successful.  We look forward to many more anniversaries and hope you will continue to support our mission and the children in the program.  Thank you!

House of Blue Hope Video

We are happy to present our new short video on the history of Blue Hope.  Special thanks to board member, Adam Weise, for creating it.  We hope you enjoy it!   Also, this video has been submitted into the TechSoup 2nd Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge and we have a chance to win some amazing prizes for our program.  Please vote here for House of Blue Hope before 2/11.  Thank you!