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.