Project Hope opens its festival season

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Project Hope is sowing the seeds that will bloom this spring to help Northeast Mississippi cancer, heart disease and diabetes patients.
On Friday, the community organization officially kicked off its annual effort which brings teams together from around the region.
That work will culminate with the Festival of Hope, which will be celebrated on Saturday, April 6.
“It’s going to be relaxed and fun,” said Festival of Hope chairwoman Christy Miller, noting teams already will have their camp sites decorated picnic-style for the “Chillin’ and Grillin'” -themed event.
In addition to the festival staples – recognition of survivors, dinner, children’s activities and entertainment – the 2013 festival will feature shopping at the Tupelo Furniture Market.
“They’ll be something for everyone,” Miller said.
Project Hope is seeking vendors selling jewelry, clothes, arts and crafts for the event. The $35 fee for vendors, like all the money raised through the event will go to patient assistance programs, free clinics and public education events through grants and scholarships.
There’s plenty of time for new teams from churches, businesses, civic groups and neighborhoods to join in the effort, Miller said. They encourage teams to have a least 10 members and strive to raise a minimum $100 per person.
“Anybody can have a team,” Miller said. “All the money we raise goes to a good cause.”
For more information about forming teams, call (662) 377-3867.
Vendors should contact Liz Dawson at (662) 377-4013 or ldawson@nmhs.net.
michaela.morris@journalinc.com