The Syracuse-based nonprofit organization Hope for Bereaved (HFB) will hold its largest annual fundraiser the first weekend of November. This year’s event will begin with a live virtual presentation with Syracuse’s Dan Cummings, who for years has been the host during this special evening.

This year’s theme is “Giving more for 44” commemorating Hope’s service to the community and beyond since 1978.

The evening will feature a silent auction along with “Live/Premier” items starting Friday, Oct. 28. Visit or text HOPEFB2022 to 76278. Auction bidding opens Wednesday, Nov. 2, and closes at 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Attendees are invited to join the celebration event virtually on Nov. 5.

Therese Schoeneck founded Hope after the death of her daughter, Mary, in a car accident. At the time, Central New York did not have grief-support groups available. Since then, the organization has expanded to include 12 support groups, individual peer counseling and the newsletter — all free of charge to anyone who seeks help. Schoeneck retired earlier this year though she is still actively involved in the organization. HFB has welcomed Alicia Ernest as its new executive director.

During Celebration of Hope, HFB will recognize longtime supporters during the evening including the O’Marah Family, the event’s community co-chairs. They have supported HFB for more than 20 years. They will also honor Ed and Lanie Moses, and Bob and Marcia Hunt who have raised funds for more than 25 years.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Hope for Bereaved at 315-475-9675 or visit for more information.

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