Eighth Annual Banquet Recap
This Year, Operation HOPE had our biggest and most successful banquet so far!
Click the image above to see the entire photo album shot by Mark Umstot Photography!
The Eighth Annual Operation HOPE Banquet was held on March 29, 2014 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. We had our biggest turnout ever of over 650 people and welcomed Dr. Ben Carson as our keynote speaker. This year's event was a huge success bringing in over $110,000 of net profit so we can go out and reach the hurting of this world.
The banquet started with Dr. Benny Phillips giving the invocation. We were honored to have such a distinguished member of our community spend the evening with us, and were pleasantly surprised to hear that he had written a few prayers specifically for the event. Our founder, Dr. Thomas also shared a few encouraging words thanking everyone for their support.
For the second year in a row, we held a silent auction including two high powere rifles, sports memorabilia, a commissioned painting by Baron Batch, dinner with TTU Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury, and breakfast with Dr. Carson. In addition to the live auction items, banquet atendees had the opportunity to bid on a number of silent auctions as well. Between the two auctions alone, Operation HOPE was able to raise over $53,000.
As Keynote speaker, Dr. Carson shared with banquet attendees the story of his life from his days as a young boy in Detroit stuggling in school to discovering that God had given him the ability to change lives if he would take the time to learn how. Dr. Carson is a fantastic example of what it means to persevere no matter how difficult and we are thankful that he came to share his story with us.
This year, we also welcomed Lauren Swart to share about Ash & Ember, one of our ministry partners dedicated to helping Haitian men and women work their way out of poverty by making handmade jewelry with magazine and craft-paper. Ash & Ember has done much to improve the lives of men and women in Haiti and we are glad to partner with them!
We are truly thankful for everyone who was able to come spend the evening with us and we look forward to next year's event!
Below you will find a list of Sponsors for the Seventh Annual Operation HOPE Banquet
Dr. Howard Beck | CBJ Farms | Steve & Brenda Johnson | My Liberty Homes | Dennis Quattlebaum | Dwain Woody | Tommy & Juliet Youngblood
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of our gracious sponsors for helping make Operation HOPE what it is today!
As many of our readers and supporters know, our founder Dr. John Thomas has been going to Iraq yearly for the past decade. What began as a small trip to show a handful of doctors how to perform basic laproscopic surgery has turned into an annual symposium or doctors from around the US dedicated to teaching Kurdish doctors how to care for their own people.
This year, in addition to the medical symposium and surgical training, Dr. Thomas will be working alongside tech-giant Milton Chen to help develop a remote medical technology which will allow American doctors and medical professionals to assist in diagnosis, treatment and possibly even surgery on patients in Kurdistan by utilizing a number of high speed internet utilities including some brand new, cutting edge technologies like Google Glass.
Dr. Chen has a long list of accolades currently including Senior Fellow, Executive Director Emeritus at Edutopia - The George Lucas Educational Foundation; Chairman, Board of Directors at Panasonic Foundation; National Advisory Board at National Park Service; & Advisory Board at Fred Rogers Center. He has degrees from Harvard and Stanford University and we are thrilled to be a part of this program with him.
While in Kurdistan, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Chen, and a group of doctors and computer programmers will look into setting up a pilot program for this new technology in a refugee camp on the Iraqi/Syrian border where 1.5 million refugees currently live. This pilot program will be fantastic opportunity to try out this remote medical technology while providing an immensely valuable service to the refugees there.
We are honored to once again be a part of Dr. Thomas' work in Iraq and we ask that you continue to pray for his safety and effectiveness while he's gone.
An Evening with Anthony Kearns
Operation HOPE would like to say a big "Thank You!" to Mr Kearns and to everyone who came out and spent the evening with us. Click below for photos from "An Evening with Anthony Kearns" provided by Lubbock Photographer Mark Umstot.
Operation Hope would like to invite you to join us for An Evening with Anthony Kearns on November 8, 2013 at the City Bank Auditorium. Anthony is a member of the world famous Irish Tenors. His solo career has also seen tremendous success, and this concert will provide an fantastic opportunity for the Lubbock area to see a performer of this caliber.
Mr. Kearns will be accompanied by world class pianist and former London Philharmonic performer Patrick Healy.
We are honored to have someone like Anothony joining us for this exciting evening and we hope you will join us as well!
Dress code for the evening with be Cocktail Attire.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit Operation HOPE and the work we do locally & across the globe.
2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Operation HOPE would like to send out a huge thank-you to all who were involved in this year's Operation HOPE Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept 23rd! We had a great time out on the course and were able to give away some great raffle prizes afterwards. This has been our biggest golf tournament yet and we can't wait to see everybody out on the Rawls Course next year.
We would also like to say a big thanks to this year's tournament sponsors!
Long Island - July 2013
During the week of July 27 - August 3, Operation HOPE took a team of 11 to Amityville, NY to partner once again with Freedom Chapel International. Although the primary stated goal was to participate in a week-long, faith-based basketball camp, we went to accomplish more than to simply teach kids about basketball. We went to share the love of Christ to kids who had never experinced love. We went to minister to them, to introduce them to Christ, and to let them know that somebody cares about them. We also went to provide each and every kid with a backpack - one of the most basic school supplies that many inner-city kids are left without.
Under the leadership of Pastor Barry Baugh, Hoop Challenge exists to teach kids the fundamentals of basketball while imparting into them the knowledge and love of Christ. Over the last 25 years, Coach Barry has developed a system that emphasizes the parallels between living a life for Christ and living a life of excellence on and off the court. By focussing on things such as discipline, obedience, committment, trust, & love, these kids are given the chance to see life in a new light.
After a full week of basketball camp, all 160+ kids were invited to a special event called "Rock the Block" where they not only received their trophies and backpacks, but they were offered a much greater gift - the gift of salvation. Rock the Block wasn't just for the Hoop Challenge kids though. The entire community was invited to come out to hear great Christian music, win prizes, and of course, hear the Gospel Message. In addition to everything else, at the end of Rock the Block, families in need were given bags full of food and other household necessities.
We are honored to have been given the chance to work with Freedom Chapel again, and are humbled to be involved in such an effective outreach ministry. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who gave to Operation HOPE. Through your contributions, we have been able to share the love of Christ to kids who may not have otherwise heard.
For more information about Freedom Chapel and their outreach in Long Island, Head over to freedomchapelny.org.