By Mary Gullage
The homegrown fundraiser Hope in the Ham will return this year for its fourth year.
The event will take place July 15 at the venue in the Retail Specialists building, on Southside Birmingham at 2200 Magnolia Ave. S.
Funds raised will support the American Cancer Society’s Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge.
Serving as event chairs are Adelaide Vandervelde, Mary Elaine Jolly, Tricia Golden and Wendy Barze. Vandervelde said the chairs are expecting a great turnout for this year’s event.
“After an unprecedented year of staying at home, the chairs and I are thrilled to gather for this event and we know it will be an enjoyable night to benefit the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge,” Vandervelde said.
Hope Lodge opened in 2000 and offers 33 guest rooms for patients and caregivers to use during their cancer treatments.
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, health orders required the facility to close its doors for a time and shift its focus to serving as a place of respite for local health care workers.
Funds raised at the event will directly benefit the many patients who see the facility as a “home away from home” during their treatment.
The theme for the 2021 event is “Bluegrass and BBQ,” with catering by Saw’s BBQ and a live bluegrass performance by “The Mountain Grass Unit.” The band features Mountain Brook High School students Drury Anderson, mandolin and vocals; Luke Black, acoustic guitar and banjo; and Sam Wilson, upright bass.
For more information and tickets, visit gala.acsevents.org/hopeintheham. Tickets are $50 per person.