Hearts for Hope Luncheon 2014:
An attitude of gratitude!
The 15th Annual
Hearts for Hope Luncheon to benefit House of Hope
was held Monday, March 24, 2014,
Sailfish Point Country Club. Setting the
theme for the event was guest speaker John Kralik, whose book —
Simple Act of Gratitude” —
delivers an uplifting message for us all.
The event began at 10:30 a.m. with unique
shopping opportunities. This included about a
dozen distinctive vendors featuring custom
jewelry and accessories as well as treasures
from House of Hope. Among the special touches at
the event, each guest received a packet of six
thank you notes created and donated by artist
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The featured speaker at Hearts of Hope was John Kralik, author of "A
Simple Act of Gratitude."
One recent December, John Kralik found his life
at a frightening low: His small law firm was
failing; he was struggling through a painful
divorce; he had grown distant from his children;
and overall, his life dreams seemed to have
slipped beyond reach.
Inspired by a note he received, John imagined
that he might find a way to feel grateful for
what he had by writing thank-you notes. To keep
himself going, he set a goal of writing 365
notes in the coming year.
Immediately after sending his very first notes,
significant and surprising benefits began to
come John’s way—from financial gain to true
friendship, from weight loss to inner peace.
Thank-you note by thank-you note, his whole life
A Simple Act of Gratitude is a rare
memoir: uplifting and inspirational, but with a
profoundly basic message and example that
everyone can believe and achieve.
Many donors contributed special items for a
fund-raising special prize drawing during the
Grand prize: A bold necklace from
Diamonds By Terry, designed exclusively for
House of Hope's 30th anniversary: The 18-inch
necklace is valued at $5,500 and features a
sculpted leopard ornament with cocoa and
chocolate diamonds, custom made in Sterling
silver with 14kt yellow gold. It also has six
fluted golden beads, one-of-a-kind faceted smoky
quartz beads, with 10 South Sea pearls and six
Other donors and prizes:
- Diamond Bistro
& Tea Room: $200 gift certificate.
- Ruthann Hewson: Original painting, $725 value.
- Lauren A. Hastings, NCIDQ, ASID: Interior
- Mariner Sands Country Club: Foursome of golf.
- Michele Trout: Ladies watch and Dooney &
- Ana Mari Designs: Amethyst & jade necklace
- Just Gold Jewelers: $200 gift certificate
- Sunrise Theatre: Two tickets to Boz Scaggs,
- Skin Serenity Spa: Facial and spa pedicure.
- Gumbo Limbo: Gift basket.
- Riverwalk Cafe and Oyster Bar: $50 in gift
- Crystal beverage dispenser: $50 value.
- Sailor’s Return: $25 gift certificate.
- The Crafted Keg: $25 gift certificate.
- House of Refuge photo:.
- House of Hope: Books autographed by Stuart
Woods, Laura Schroff and Mary Higgins Clark —
authors who have appeared at previous benefits
for House of Hope.
Dominick & Norine D’Ambrozio
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Schmitt, Cambron & Reynolds