Girl's home to host fundraiser Thursday

TUPELO – Gardner-Simmons Home for Girls is hosting its third annual Hearts of Hope fundraising event on Thursday.
The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at Elkin Place downtown Tupelo.
This year Gardner-Simmons is honoring the Ole Miss chapter of Chi Omega Sorority for their philanthropy, loyalty and support through the years for the home.
Event chairwoman Mary Stubbs said Chi Omega has contributed thousands of dollars to Gardner-Simmons throughout the years, not to mention the time members have spent with the girls living there.
“They have given so much to Gardner-Simmons over the years that it was long overdue for us to honor them in a public way,” said Stubbs. “They are a great organization and have contributed greatly to the home over the years.”
The Hearts of Hope was started three years ago as a way to honor groups or individuals who were stewards of the community and active in helping the children of the community.
Gardner-Simmons began in 1987 when a mission group with First United Methodist Church identified a need for a home for abused and neglected teenage girls in the community. The home was named after Chi Omega members Margaret Gardner and Robin Simmons, who were killed when they were struck by a vehicle during a walk-a-thon. Five girls were killed in the accident, and Gardner and Simmons were the only two from Tupelo.
Gardner-Simmons takes in girls up to age 18 who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. All referrals must come through the Department of Human Services of any county in the state.
Tickets for the event are $75 each and can be purchased through the Gardner-Simmons office or at Busyland Rental on McCullough Boulevard. For more information, call (662) 844-4433.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

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