$50,000 Raised At Austin Hatcher Foundation For Pediatric Cancer’s 5th Annual Celebration Of Life And Hope

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer hosted its fifth annual Celebration of Life and Hope last Saturday. The event celebrates the opening of Hatch’s House of Hope; the regions only facility focused entirely on reducing the effects of pediatric cancer on families.

This year's Celebration of Life and Hope was the largest turn out yet, with of over 280 guests. Organizers said, "Thank you to Barnett & Company for sponsoring VIP Hour, hosted by Gallery 1401.

" Tickets sold out in the first two weeks. VIP guests were treated to a specialty wine tasting by Panoram Imports and food freshly prepared onsite by Tupelo Honey.

The main event was overflowing with guests as they enjoyed catering by Swiss Am and bid on specialty auction items.  The auction itself raised a total of $15,880.

"What a wonderful evening to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of Hatch's House of Hope, the regions only Psycho-Oncology Center,” said Amy Jo Osborn, president and co-founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. “I sincerely thank all our sponsors, guests and volunteers for making this evening the largest attendance to date. Together we raised enough funds to provide 270 children and their families with the essential tools needed to cope and thrive at the onset of pediatric cancer."

A special thank you to Mary Catherine Robbins, chairwoman of this year's event, all committee members, Adams Lithography Company, Chattanooga HealthScope, Athens Distributing, Chattanooga CityScope, Tupelo Honey Cafe, First Tennessee Bank, Kennedy Jewelry, Hamico Incorporation, The Lookout Mountain Mirror, Decosimo, American Le Mans Series, and Tequila Patron.

To learn more about the Austin Hatcher Foundation visit www.hatcherfoundation.org, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/austinhatcherfoundation and on Twitter at @austinhatcherfo.


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