Shared from the 11/12/2017 Palm Beach Daily News eEdition

RAISING HOPE while building a home

Charity for young, pregnant women kicks off capital campaign

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Beverlee Miller Raymond and Jan Kranich

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David Sarama and Donna McLoughlin

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Mary Rogan and Laurel Baker

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Virginia Oatley and Sascha Bennemann

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Beth and Dean Vegosen

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Deborah and Lawrence Karlson

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Susan Dyer and Leslie Weaver

It takes a village, usually. But sometimes, it takes a town. When a charity for young, pregnant homeless women looked for a place to kick off a capital campaign, savvy eyes turned to Palm Beach.

The reception for Holy Ground Shelter took place Nov. 1 at Costa Palm Beach.

Jan Kranich was chairwoman for the evening, which included a silent auction, cocktails, a hummus bar of Mediterranean specialties and live music.

“The event was beyond our committee’s expectations,” said Kranich, vice president of Holy Ground Shelter’s board of directors. “We loved that friends brought friends and we hosted more than 100 people to learn more about our work and this exciting project.”

Mary Rogan was co-chairwoman.

Based in West Palm Beach, Holy Ground Shelter provides a home to homeless pregnant and parenting young women and their children.

“The need for our services is urgent as teen pregnancy continues to be an ever-pressing problem in Palm Beach County,” said Donna McLoughlin, president of Holy Ground Shelter. “We are one of the only local organizations which provides for parenting young mothers, and it is important work. Some of our young ladies have been living in their cars prior to coming to us.”

With a campaign goal of nearly $1 million, money raised from the “Building a Home and Hope” capital campaign will be used to purchase and renovate an apartment complex to expand the organization’s mission in Palm Beach County.

The event also served as a kickoff for the seventh annual luncheon, which is scheduled for Jan. 21 at the Kravis Center.

sdonnelly@ pbdailynews.com

Twitter: @pbdnsociety

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