Since the inaugural Evening of Hope took place a decade ago, the "casually elegant" fundraiser has raised more than $2 million aimed at stopping domestic violence.
Proceeds benefit the Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Karen Days, president of the center, hopes this year’s event will draw a crowd and spark enthusiasm for a new public education campaign. “The overall goal of the Evening of Hope was to get a very decent ticket-priced event so that young donors—that is, young in philanthropy, not age—could come cut their teeth,” she says.
This year’s VIP event includes 35 male business and civic leaders who will talk about the impact of domestic violence. Each donated $1,000 and recorded a video for the center’s new public awareness campaign.
Jeffrey Lyttle, senior vice president for JPMorgan Chase & Co., will join Les Wexner, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott and Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith, among others, to spread the word. “It is the first time that the event has been approached in this manner,” says Lyttle. “We’re going to see leaders from all areas of the community who are proud to step forward and say, ‘We want to be part of the solution.’ ”