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March 22, 2023

Cornerstone of Hope to Host Mother’s Day Tea for Grieving Mothers on April 29, 2023

Columbus, Ohio (April 29, 2023) – Cornerstone of Hope, Ohio’s leading nonprofit grief center, is hosting a Mother’s Day Tea for mothers who have experienced the loss of a child due to any circumstance on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendees will enjoy light brunch and fellowship while hearing an inspirational and encouraging personal grief story from guest speaker Jennifer Bullock, NBC4 Weekday Afternoon Anchor.

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March 10, 2023

Cornerstone of Hope‘s 20th Annual Gala Surpasses $1Million, Breaks Organization Record

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (March 10, 2023) – Grief center Cornerstone of Hope recently broke an organization record at its 20th Annual Gala held on February 25th at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland. The annual fundraiser was the largest ever in the organization’s history, surpassing one million dollars in revenue with nearly 1,000 guests in attendance, including local and state government officials.

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March 3, 2023

Cornerstone of Hope Education Director Shares Grief Tips for WYTV “Positive Parenting” Segment

Youngstown, Ohio (February 13, 2023) - Cornerstone of Hope's Education Director, Julia Ellifritt, was recently featured on WYTV Youngstown's weekly "Positive Parenting" segment hosted by news reporter Desirae Gostlin. The February 13 segment, "How to Help Kids Cope with Grief" shares Ellifritt's advice for parents of children who have experienced a loss.

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February 23, 2023

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Featured on WEWS News 5 Cleveland

News Anchor Danita Harris Interviews Client Survivors and Julia Ellifritt, Education Director

Cleveland, Ohio (February 22, 2023) - Cornerstone of Hope's Survivors of Suicide Loss Extended Group Support Network was featured on WEWS News 5 Cleveland on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

The feature includes interviews with suicide loss survivors, Mike and Ann Atkinson, and Julia Ellifritt, Cornerstone of Hope's Education Director. The story focuses on the hope the couple experienced through participation in the monthly Survivors of Suicide Loss Extended Group Support Network after the death of their 22-year-old son, Christopher.

Ellifritt shares about how the support group assists in the understanding of suicide and the common emotions that survivors experience with this type of loss.

The full feature can be found at www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/support-center-offers-program-for-survivors-of-suicide-parents-and-friends-left-grieving-the-loss.

The Survivors of Suicide Loss Extended Group Support Network meets monthly on the second Monday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. Anyone looking to learn more about suicide loss or grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide is welcome to attend this free group, but registration is required.

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January 19, 2023

Cornerstone of Hope Celebrates 20 Years of Hope in 2023

Cornerstone of Hope, is celebrating 20 Years of Hope in 2023. To mark this important anniversary, the organization is planning multiple events and initiatives throughout the year, including a summer Food Truck event, a National Symposium on Traumatic Loss and Grief, and a special giveaway of a 2022 Ford Bronco Sport, to be raffled off at the 20th Anniversary Gala in February 2023.

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November 10, 2022

“The Evening of Hope” Raises $150,000 Towards Cornerstone of Hope’s Vision to Never Grieve Alone

Signature Event Allows Organization to Provide More Services for Grieving Children, Teens and Adults

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cornerstone of Hope recently hosted its annual signature event, The Evening of Hope, on October 29, 2022 in the Robert C. Walter Commons at St. Charles Preparatory School, in Brexley, OH.  This year’s signature event raised $150,000 towards the organization’s vision of creating a world where no grieving person journeys alone.

Each year, The Evening of Hope provides financial breath to the organization and generates a significant source of revenue for Cornerstone of Hope to continue providing the critical support needed for children, teens and adults grieving the loss of a loved one.

Over 200 guests and supporters attended the event, enjoying dinner and drinks and participating in raffles, Silent and Live Auctions.  Attendees of note included U.S. Representative Mike Carey. Highlights of the evening included moving testimonies from three guest speakers – all 17 years old and past campers – who shared how meaningful and helpful their camp experiences at Cornerstone of Hope had been for them.

Sponsoring this year’s event were: Kurtz Bros. of Central Ohio/Brookside Materials, Gordon Flesch Company,Muth & Co. Roofing, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Advanced Civil Design, CPS Solutions, LLC, First Merchants Bank, Heartland Bank, Messer Construction, Plante Moran, and Quantum Health, and Hughie’s Event Production Services

About Cornerstone of Hope Columbus

Cornerstone of Hope is a nonprofit comprehensive bereavement support center that has served the Central Ohio communities for the past 11 years.  Cornerstone of Hope offers individuals and families a supportive environment to express their grief and emerge from its pain with a renewed sense of purpose.  Therapy, counseling services, and support groups are conducted by licensed clinicians and Master’s level interns under the supervision of our professional staff.  All of Cornerstone of Hope’s support services are offered at an affordable cost.  For more information, please visit cornerstoneofhope.org/columbus.

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September 23, 2022

Cornerstone of Hope to Invest $135,000 in Mission after Successful “Taste of Hope 2022”

Funds Raised Will Provide Affordable Services for Grieving Children, Teens and Adults

Nonprofit bereavement center Cornerstone of Hope recently hosted its annual tasting event, Taste of Hope, on Thursday, September 8, 2022. The event was held on the grounds of Cornerstone of Hope, located at 5905 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio 44131. The event raises funds annually for Cornerstone of Hope’s Financial Assistance Program, which provides affordable services for grieving children, teens and adults in need. This year, Taste of Hope raised nearly $135,000 — exceeding last year’s total by more than 25 percent. The exponential increase will allow Cornerstone of Hope to respond to the record high demand seen in 2022 and anticipated in 2023 for grief counseling, support groups and children’s bereavement camps.

450 guests enjoyed a casual evening of spectacular food and drink samplings from over two dozen area restaurants, plus entertainment and raffles. Several Ohio government officials were in attendance including the Mayor of Independence, Gregory P. Kurtz and State Representative Thomas F. Patton.

A highlight of the evening was the speech given by Taste of Hope’s “Toast of the Night” honoree, Kelsey Loushin, President of Eldercare Professionals of Ohio, LLC. Kelsey gave a moving testimony describing how she has gone full circle from advocate, to client, to support group facilitator for Cornerstone of Hope’s Overdose Loss support groups. She stated:

“… If you’ve experienced a loss … this is the place that can help…. They’ve helped me, I see the changes in people as they go through groups … I watch them understand that in spite of their loss, they can live with it, survive it, and thrive ultimately.…”

Presenting Sponsor for Taste of Hope 2022 was Enerco Group Inc./Mr. Heater, Cynthia & Allen Haire, supporters of the organization since 2004. Additional event sponsors included Covia Holdings, LLC, Miceli’s, Premier Truck Sales and Rental, Inc., and Tito’s. Participating restaurants this year included Pier W, Corleone’s Ristorante & Bar, Delmonico’s Steakhouse/Hospitality Restaurants, Luca Italian Cuisine, Mallorca Restaurant, and many more.

Cornerstone of Hope is a nonprofit comprehensive bereavement support center that has served Northeast Ohio communities for almost 20 years. Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing counseling, support, and education to grieving children, teens and adults. Therapy and Christian counseling services, support groups, children’s grief camps, and professional trainings are conducted by Master’s level, licensed clinicians who have extensive experience working with grief and trauma. All of Cornerstone’s support services are offered at an affordable cost. For more information and contact details for each office location, visit cornerstoneofhope.org.

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September 2, 2022

Mid-Ohio Traumatic Loss Response Team Featured in Bucyrus-Telegraph Forum

Article Introduces Team to Crawford County Residents and Shares Mission to Help Survivors of Suicide and Overdose Loss, Need for Volunteers

Bucyrus, Ohio (September 1, 2022) - Cornerstone of Hope's Mid-Ohio Traumatic Loss Response Team was featured in the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, a local newspaper serving the Crawford County, Ohio area. Crawford county is one of four counties served by the Team.

The feature article, "'Nobody grieves alone': Team will help after loss of a loved one to suicide or overdose" by Gere Goble, highlights the launching of the Mid-Ohio Traumatic Loss Team and how it will serve those in the community who have lost a loved one to suicide or overdose loss.

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June 24, 2022

Cornerstone of Hope Raises Record Amount at 19th Annual Gala on June 11, 2022

Cleveland Grief Center’s Signature Fundraising Event Sets Stage for Further Expansion of Services

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (June 23, 2022) – Cornerstone of Hope (COH) hosted its 19th Annual Gala on June 11, 2022. 600 guests were treated to a captivating evening on the beautiful grounds of Cornerstone of Hope for an enchanting outdoor dining experience with unforgettable ambiance, dinner and drinks under the stars.  The Gala is the grief center’s signature fundraising event, providing financial breath to the organization and generating a significant source of operating revenue for Cornerstone of Hope to continue providing the critical support needed for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Each year, the Gala offers attendees a live and silent auction, raffles and Open Your Heart donations, to help raise additional funds for the organization. Last year the Gala raised $720,000. This year, the Gala raised a record amount, netting $750,000.  Funds from this year’s Gala will allow COH to hire more clinicians and expand grief support services within Ohio and beyond in 2023.

Highlights from this year’s Gala included Country Line Dancing by Nick Morris and a moving and powerful testimony from speaker and former client, Kodi Pride. Kodi’s daughter, Lorelle Faith, passed away at the age of 6½ years old due to complications from a rare condition, Trisomy 13.

“…When I read the story of Mark & Christi (Tripodi) and why Cornerstone was founded, I knew it was the place for us to get counseling. When I saw “Never Grieve Alone” on their website, I knew I wanted to be part of that world,” Kodi shared.

Additionally, every year Cornerstone of Hope honors a different Champion of Hope who has given above and beyond to the organization. This year, COH honored Maria & Angelo Petitti (Petitti Garden Centers) as the 2022 Champion of Hope. Former Champions of Hope were invited to attend a special induction ceremony early in the evening’s festivities.

“The Petitti family was instrumental in the site development of Cornerstone of Hope when we moved into our new center in 2008, providing truckloads and I do mean truckloads of trees, boxwoods, evergreen plants, flowers and ornamental grasses. Their support and generosity has continued to evolve as our ministry has grown. Maria and Angelo Petitti have enormous, compassionate hearts for those who suffer loss. Their authentic care for those who grieve is so natural because they treat everyone like family. They have never forgotten their Italian roots and through their own grief journeys truly understand and empathize with those who seek help at Cornerstone of Hope,” explains Mark Tripodi, CEO and Founder.

Presenting Sponsors this year included Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, CBIZ Retirement Plan Services, DiGeronimo Companies, Down to Earth Landscaping, Electronic Merchant Systems, Enerco Group Inc. (Cynthia and Allen Haire), Kurtz Bros., Inc., Minute Men Staffing/888-Ohio Comp, Petitti Garden Centers, Premier Truck Sales & Rental, Inc., Quasar Energy Group, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  

Cornerstone of Hope is a nonprofit comprehensive bereavement support center that has served Northeast Ohio communities for the past 19 years. Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing counseling, support, and education to grieving children, teens and adults. Therapy and Christian counseling services, support groups, children’s grief camps, and professional trainings are conducted by Master’s level, licensed clinicians who have extensive experience working with grief and trauma. All of Cornerstone’s support services are offered at an affordable cost. For more information and contact details for each office location, visit cornerstoneofhope.org.

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June 23, 2022

NBC4 Features Camp Memory on June 17, 2022

Article Highlights Importance of Grief Camps for Children

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 17, 2022) -Cornerstone of Hope's Camp Memory was featured on Columbus NBC affiliate WCMH-TV online at NBC4i.com. The feature includes interviews with Camp Director, JoAnn Borer and camp attendee, Keystin Barnhart, and Emerson Woodworth.

The feature article, "At Columbus camp, kids learn to cope with grief, death" by Cyn Rosi, highlights the importance of Grief Camps for Children, teaching coping skills and allowing them to heal along others with similar experiences.

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