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HOMELESS FAMILIES FOUNDATION HOSTS HOPE TAKES FLIGHT BENEFIT

This October, don’t miss your opportunity to get the chance to win the trip of a lifetime while supporting a very worthy cause. The Homeless Families Foundation (HFF), a Columbus-based organization that serves children and their families living in poverty, is hosting its premier Hope Takes Flight fundraising event. This unique, first-of-its-kind fundraiser, with presenting sponsor Nationwide, is a “suitcase event” – where guests actually pack a suitcase to be ready to fly away that evening to New York City if they win the grand prize NetJets Experience Raffle.

The Hope Takes Flight event will take place on October 6, 2017, at the Signature Flight Support private hangar at John Glenn International Airport located at 4130 E. 5th Ave. in Columbus. The evening will also feature a NYC-inspired menu by Cameron Mitchell, a craft beer “flight school,” live music by 80’s cover band No Regrets, and a five-star silent auction.

“Proceeds from this unique first-of-its kind Hope Takes Flight event support the programs so urgently needed by homeless and at risk children and their families,” said Beth Fetzer-Rice, Executive Director, of The Homeless Families Foundation. “The Homeless Families Foundation relies on the support of Columbus’ corporate leaders and we are excited and grateful for all who are joining in our efforts to eliminate family homelessness in our community.”

Raffle winners will be whisked away on one of NetJets premier jets to New York City and experience accommodations at a chic five-star hotel, chauffeured transportation between airport and hotel, breakfast, dinner for two Saturday evening and tickets to Broadway’s hottest show, HAMILTON. Guests will return to Columbus in a private jet at the end of this fabulous trip.

Other sponsors of the Hope Takes Flight event include NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots, Signature, American Electric Power, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Copper Run Capital, Hexion, Aarons, Shumaker, Loop & Kindrick, LLP, Edelman Financial Services of Columbus, Goodale Auto-Truck Parts Co., Gentle Dentist, Above Sound, Cameron Mitchell, Event Source, North High Brewery, LandGrant, Watershed Distillery, G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc., AllPro Parking, Lamar Advertising and Sunny95.

Tickets to the Hope Takes Flight event are on sale now. A First-Class ticket is $150 and includes an open bar. A Jetsetter ticket is $100 with cash bar. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $75 each or three for $200. The holder of the winning ticket must be present to win the raffle grand prize.

The event includes a live auction for tailgating, a parking pass and four tickets to OSU vs. Penn State on October 28. Available silent auction items include a flight safety simulator ride, HFF Kids Art, a catered party for 30 with Chef Jason Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets suite and parking pass, Mohican Lodge and Snow Trails package, 2018 Memorial Tournament passes for two, golf for four at Worthington Hills Country Club and a Henri Bendel bag and gift set.

Ridge Runner Ramble 2016

This year's Ridge Runner Ramble was on Saturday, July 16th and it turned out to be a beautiful day for a ride in the country. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits partnered with The Homeless Families Foundation again this year to bring cyclists together to end homelessness. Over 350 cyclists enjoyed the beautiful weather, well-stocked rest stops, and of course the White Castle meals at the end of the ride and Sunny 95's offering of Cheryl's cookies.

We truly appreciate all of the support we received from Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Grange Insurance, All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunny 95 and White Castle.

As a special treat this year Jeff Johnson of JL Johnson Photography captured the event in pictures. All of the images are free to download and are sized for sharing on social media. To see the pictures from this year's Ridge Rumble Ramble log into http://www.jljohnsonphotography.com/2106-Ridge-Runner-Ramble.

4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

THE HOMELESS FAMILIES FOUNDATION EARNS
COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR

The Homeless Families Foundation’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.

“The Homeless Families Foundation’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds The Homeless Families Foundation (HFF) to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support The Homeless Families Foundation.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to educate and nurture children while empowering families to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency” said Adrienne Corbett, HFF Executive Director. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator provides the public with confidence in our organization by acknowledging our good governance and financial accountability.”

The Homeless Families Foundation rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about HFF’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

The Harvard Family Research Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education reinforces the importance of these family events, “The evidence is clear: Family involvement helps children get ready to enter school, promotes their school success and prepares youth for college.”

The Homeless Families Foundation is a nonprofit organization and is registered with the BBB of Central Ohio. We participate in the BBB Accredited Charity Seal program, which indicates that we meet all 20 of the Standards of Charity Accountability and are noted as an Accredited Charity. The 20 Standards evaluate a charity’s financial accountability, governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, and fundraising and informational materials. The HFF BBB Wise Giving Report can be found at http://www.bbb.org/centralohio/Charity-Reviews/charity-local/the-homeless-families-foundation-in-columbus-oh-11225/print.

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