Hands of Peace celebrates its first 10 years

Hands of Peace celebrates its first 10 years

a partner’s anniversary celebration

On April 13, Hands of Peace rung in its 10th birthday in style! Several hundred guests—alumni, volunteers, Board and Advisory Board members, and many others who have helped HOP to grow and thrive—gathered together to celebrate our past, present, and future. (To see a full album of pictures from the event, please click here.)

The evening included moving presentations from HOP alumni and from Founder Gretchen Grad, a beautiful 10-candled birthday cake lit by HOP supporters, high-spirited music from a group called Not-For-Profit Band, and a lively Silent Auction table brimming with generous and creative donations.

John Tillman once again handled his Master of Ceremonies role with grace and humor. Gala Chair Barbara Lauesen (pictured on the left lighting up the dance floor) and her entire committee worked for nearly a year to pull together this wildly successful event.

Tracy Friend, who worked with our teens many years ago to compose the HOP song, led the birthday bash attendees in singing this poignant and uplifting tune with the chorus line: “We are people from different nations, but now we’re learning how to live as one.”

The Hands of Peace song takes on even more meaning now, as we marvel at the courageous work of our alumni and look forward to launching new HOP programs in San Diego and beyond. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible! We are so continually grateful for your support.

[Hands of Peace is supported through Global Ministries and One Great Hour of Sharing.]