Union Mission Hosts Annual Raising Hope Event to Benefit Emergency Housing Programs

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Union Mission hosted its 7th Annual Raising Hope at the Savannah Convention Center. The event was presented by Oliver Maner LLP and Nine Line Apparel and emceed by Rabbi Robert Haas, Leader of Congregation Mickve Israel. Special honorary sponsors included The Sarah Mills Hodge Foundation and Parker’s. The evening began with a cocktail reception featuring Jeremy Davis & the Equinox Jazz Trio and travel silent auction items, followed by dinner.“The funds raised from Raising Hope are vital to assisting those who are ready to leave homelessness behind for good,” said William Hunter, Presenting Sponsor and Partner at Oliver Maner. “Raising Hope will help Union Mission continue to provide comprehensive supportive services to give people the tools they need to rebuild their lives.”

Bill Hunter and Mike Traynor

Bill Hunter and Mike Traynor

The program featured Keynote Speaker Douglas Brinkley, an American Historian and Best-Selling Author. He is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Brinkley works in many capacities in the world of public history, including on boards, museums, colleges and historical societies. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master”. The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as their official U.S. Presidential Historian. His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He has received a Grammy Award for Presidential Suite and seven honorary doctorates in American Studies. His two-volume annotated The Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link – Warren F. Kuehl Prize. He is a member of the Century Association, Council of Foreign Relations and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. He lives in Austin, TX, with his wife and three children.

For more information, contact Mark Toth, Union Mission’s Director of Major Gifts & Organizational Strategy at (248) 770-3933 or mtoth@unionmission.org or visit www.unionmission.org/RaisingHope.

About Union Mission: Union Mission has cared for Savannah’s homeless community for more than 80 years offering emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions to those in need. Union Mission also collaborates with the community’s network of service providers to make comprehensive, wrap-around supportive services, such as mental health counseling and culinary arts job training available to all homeless persons in the community. The mission of Union Mission is: to partner with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services. For more information on how to support Union Mission, contact Michael Traynor, President & CEO, at mtraynor@unionmission.org or (912) 238-2777 or visit www.unionmission.org.
Contact: Michael C. Traynor, President & CEO
Mobile: (706) 877-4542