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Love for children in homeless shelters spurs unique fundraiser for new nonprofit

Promoting happiness for homeless children is goal of new fundraiser

Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Oliver Stevenson, Blair Bentley, Luke Mize
Oliver Stevenson, Blair Bentley, Luke Mize. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Mallory Garber, Kelly Roberts
Mallory Garber, Kelly Roberts. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Anika Jackson, Michael Pearce
Anika Jackson, Michael Pearce. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Amanda Munden, Brooke Holmes
Amanda Munden, Brooke Holmes. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Natalie Higdem, Nathan Reedy
Natalie Higdem, Nathan Reedy. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Nick Fersen, Carrie Carson
Nick Fersen, Carrie Carson. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Bruce Kish, Katherine Morrille, Nicole Ebert, Duncan Balcom
Bruce Kish, Katherine Morrille, Nicole Ebert, Duncan Balcom. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Kristina Rosenwasser, Janessa Young, Blair Bentley, Sonia Verhagen
Kristina Rosenwasser, Janessa Young, Blair Bentley, Sonia Verhagen. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Eric Aldis, Angela Aldis
Eric Aldis, Angela Aldis. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Mark Allen, Mary Kay Allen
Mark Allen, Mary Kay Allen. Photo by Chris Brown
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Oliver Stevenson, Blair Bentley, Luke Mize
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Mallory Garber, Kelly Roberts
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Anika Jackson, Michael Pearce
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Amanda Munden, Brooke Holmes
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Natalie Higdem, Nathan Reedy
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Nick Fersen, Carrie Carson
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Bruce Kish, Katherine Morrille, Nicole Ebert, Duncan Balcom
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Kristina Rosenwasser, Janessa Young, Blair Bentley, Sonia Verhagen
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Eric Aldis, Angela Aldis
Houston, Homemade Hope's Spring Soiree, May 2016, Mark Allen, Mary Kay Allen

With new non-profits popping up on the horizon with regularity, we sometimes wonder why the good Samaritans don't join forces and consolidate their noble efforts for greater efficiency. But the latest group to come to our attention wins our hearts.

Blair Bentley, founder and executive director of Homemade Hope, has created a non-profit that provides hands-on cooking classes, holiday celebrations around the table, and field trips that aims "to transform mealtime from a reminder of scarcity to an expression of creativity, nurturing families and nourishing hope for a better life ahead."

Bentley, with the assist of chairs Mary and Larry Peterson, organized the first official fundraiser for the organization. The event, held at the JW Marriott Downtown, honored long-time homeless services supporter Mary Lou Pringle. Eleven-year-old Luke from Southside Community Shelter shared his gratitude for Homemade Hope programs. He was accompanied by Southside executive director Oliver Stevenson.

Bentley tapped her sister, KUBE-57 TV sportscaster Brooke Bentley-Gunst, to serve as emcee of the event, for which Marriott pulled out the stops.

The Bentley sisters were reared in the tradition of giving back. Their father, attorney Barton Bentley, has served as vice president of the Chinquapin Preparatory School for low-income students in Highlands, Texas. Their mother retired as the executive director of ArtBridge Houston, a nonprofit arts program for homeless children.

Among those savoring the cocktail fare and dancing to the sounds of Mid Life Crisis & the Hot Flashes were Sergio Marazita, Yvonne and Rufus Cormier, Janessa and Doug Young, Mike Mahlstedt, Bart Bentley, Stuart Rosenberg, Marcy de Luna, and Shelby Searcy and Fernando Battle.

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