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Home is Where the Heart Is |The Buzz Magazines

November 2022

Sidney and Jason Fagan and Ashley and Nick Howard joined more than 300 other guests to support Homemade Hope at the Home is Where the Heart Is gala. The event was held in the ballroom at River Oaks Country Club, and was chaired by Margot Delaronde Marcell, Heather Mountain, and Dr. Monica Patel.

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Cute Crowd Hits Glam Gala at Country Club, Raises Funds to Serve Homemade Hope’s Kids 

October 2022

ONE OF THE city’s favorite charities — Homemade Hope, which helps underprivileged kids develop life skills through various educational programs including cooking classes — once again took of the ballroom of the River Oaks Country for a bright gala supported by a fun crowd of next-gen philanthropists and well-scrubbed swells.

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Sexy Crowd of Next-Gen Socialites Go Country-Club Chic for Homemade Hope

October 2021

A POLISHED, SEXY crowd of next-gen socialites and philanthropists — cleavage was de rigueur — filled River Oaks Country Club's grand foyer and adjacent sprawling terrace, making great use of a mild fall evening, in support of Homemade Hope's work with underserved children throughout Houston.


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Summer Culinary Program Kicks off This Month Highlighting At-Risk Youth

July 2021

“For so many of the children Homemade Hope serves, food can be a source of uncertainty,” says Homemade Hope’s Executive Director Blair Bentley in a press release. “These children live in food deserts and don’t get adequate nutrition.” That’s why the Houston non-profit decided to partner with The Greater Houston Texas Restaurant Association (GHTRA)—to design an engaging summer field trip program that allows vulnerable children ages 4–18 to gain insight into Houston’s thriving restaurant industry.

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Dierks Bentley, Mike D’Antoni attend Homemade Hope Virtual Gala

October 2020

When the Homemade Hope virtual gala streamed on YouTube on Thursday, the Houston nonprofit got the support of some big names.

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Chef Christine Ha Hosts Virtual Cooking Class Benefiting Homemade Hope

April 2020

During the class, Christine taught everyone how to prepare a refreshing gin cocktail and Thai-style laab salad. We cannot thank Christine enough for sharing her talents and positivity to bring people together and raise funds fo Homemade Hope and Southern Smoke amidst these uncertain, challenging times. Nearly everyone who joined the class cooked with smiles on their faces; a true testament to the unifying power of food. You must check out Christine’s restaurant The Blind Goat. Her food is amazing!

Homemade Hope Makes Sure Houston Kids In Shelters Get Cooking Love 

September 2019

Homemade Hope's annual Home Is Where The Heart Is Gala began by two Homemade Hope students and Southside Community Center director sharing their opening remarks and dinner blessing. A successful event in raising funds that surpassed expectations and honored Marcia and Brig Smart. 

Modern Luxury Houston Magazine Features Homemade Hope Founders

September 2019

Featured in Modern Luxury Houston Magazine, the two sisters and founders, Blair Bentley and Brooke Bentley Gunst speak on Homemade Hope's mission and efforts to provide at-risk children with life skills and support that will set them on a path to future success. 

River Oaks Kickoff Party Builds Anticipation for Homemade Hope Gala

September 2019

Tony Bravo and Richard Werner opened up their stunning River Oaks home to supporters of Homemade Hope for a successful kickoff party. Guests shopped for Kendra Scott baubles in anticipation of Homemade Hope's annual Home Is Where The Heart Is Gala, which honors Marcia and Brig Smart. 

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A joyful holiday season for Homemade Hope families! 

December 2018

From fulfilling Christmas wish lists to decorating gingerbread houses and enjoying snowman pancakes on Christmas morning, thank you to our supporters who allowed Homemade Hope to create memories and traditions with hundreds of childrens  and their families over the holiday season!

The Rockets Coaching & Supporting Staff Sponsor Thanksgiving Dinner For Our Homemade Hope Families 

November 2018

An incredibly special night as Houston Rockets Head Coach Mike D’Antoni, his wife Laurel & the entire coaching staff hosted Thanksgiving dinner for our Homemade Hope families. So much gratitude for their generosity. 

Homemade Hope's second annual gala featured in Papercity Magazine

September 2018

Papercity Magazine features Homemade Hope's annual gala by stating that "Homemade Hope Tugs at the Heartstrings in This Starry Houston Gala." The magazine continues to mention that Homemade Hope students provided their own handmade table decorations at each table while Kroger provided the florals. KTRK Channel 13’s Katherine Whale, served as emcee to the evening, chaired by Adam Greer and Margot Delaronde. The eventful night surpassed its expectations in raising funds for the at-risk children in need. 

"It" crowd helps Homemade Hope's second-ever Home is Where the Heart is gala a complete success

September 2018

Homemade Hope's Home is Where the Heart is Gala was a complete success, honoring Divya and Chris Brown. The event was featured on the Houston Chronicle and was able to surpass its goal to continue funding the program for homeless and at risk youth. 

Christmas Celebration with Double Tree Hotel 

December 2017

Thank you to Double Tree Hotel and their staff for making our Christmas celebration so memorable by providing dinner, cookie decorating and Christmas stockings for the Homemade Hope children. Our Christmas celebration was one for the books! All the children created arts & crafts with their families and received gifts from their personalized wishlists. 

A special Thanksgiving celebration with the Houston Rockets

November 2017

We had such a special Thanksgiving celebration with our Corder Place families. From the handmade placemats and menu designed by the kids to the family portraits, it was truly a Thanksgiving full of love and family. Thank you to Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni and his wife Laurel for sponsoring this event and going above and beyond to make it extra special for our HH families. 

Fitness in the Loop sponsors a fundraising yoga class and brunch

November 2017

Thank you #runhoustonstrong for an awesome event benefiting Homemade Hope. We are extremely grateful to everyone who came out and ran and @mind.over.matter.athlete@manreadymerc for putting on the event! The funds raised through the run will go directly to our programming that supports families living in shelters who have been displaced by Harvey.

Fitness in the Loop sponsors a fundraising yoga class and brunch

October 2017

Homemade Hope thanks Fitness in the Loop for supporting Homemade Hope by putting on an amazing fundraising yoga class and brunch. We loved spending the morning celebrating yoga, health, and a community of inspiring Houstonians. A huge thank you to Lamise for leading the class and spreading the good vibes. We are beyond grateful for the generosity of everyone involved. 

Homemade Hope's first-ever gala becomes a "family dinner" success

September 2017

Homemade Hope's Home is Where the Heart is Gala was a complete success, honoring Yvonne and Rufus Cormier. The event was featured on the Houston Chronicle and was able to reach its goal to continue funding the program for homeless and at risk youth. 

Optimus Commoditties Search sponsors Homemade Hope's back to school event

August 2017

Homemade Hope was honored to have Optimus Commodities Search sponsor our back to schoool event for the third year in a row. We also want to thank Chef Lee Ellis from Star Fish Houston for the delicious BBQ, Gavin Bruce from Zing Wellness for the fun fitness demo, and Deacon Jimmy Thomas from Second Baptist for the blessing and inspirational message. Getting the children prepared for the school year was such a success!

Étoile et Bar selects Homemade Hope as July Charity of the Month 

July 2017


Throughout the month of July, Étoile et Bar will donate a portion of the proceeds from its prixe fixe dinner and brunch menus to Homemade Hope. Please visit to enjoy a fabulous meal while supporting our valuable work. 


Homemade Hope awarded grant by Children's Fund Inc. 

May 2017


Homemade Hope was honored to be selected for a grant award by the Children's Fund Inc., allowing us to impact the lives of more children in the Houston area.




Join Sweat 1000 in Supporting Homemade Hope

April 2017

Thanks to Sweat 1000 for having its first charity class to support Homemade Hope. Join us on April 14th for an exhilarating and invigorating workout. Come help us make this a successful event and support a great cause! 

Grand Opening of Sweat 1000 in Heights Benefiting Homemade Hope

March 2017

A huge thank you to Sweat 1000 for benefiting Homemade Hope. The grand opening of Sweat 1000 was a complete success. All the proceeds from the evening's  silent auction will support Homemade Hope's children. 

Homemade Hope Participates in NRG's Annual Rodeo Roundup 

March 2017

Homemade Hope partnered with Marcy de Luna from CultureMap for NRG Energy's Annual Rodeo Roundup cooking competition.

Homemade Hope's Rodeo Raffle is featured in CultureMap

March 2017

CultureMap featured Homemade Hope's Rodeo Raffle where people can enter to win 2 tickets and back stage passes to Dierks Bentley at the Livestock Show and Rodeo on Friday, March 24 at 6:45PM

Homemade Hope is the CultureMap 2017 Charity Challenge Winner

January 2017

Homemade Hope is featured in the Holiday issue of Local Magazine

December 2016


Local Magazine Houston features Homemade in their holiday giving spread.

Homemade Hope's BBQ Beers & Cheers Fall Social is a hit in CultureMap

November 2016


CultureMap Houston recognized HH's first fall social, held November 5th, 2016 at Midtown BBQ. All proceeds will benefit Homemade Hope's work with Houston children living in shelters.

Homemade Hope featured in the November issue of Absolutely! Memorial Magazine

November 2016


Absolutely! Memorial featured an article discussing  Homemade Hope's origin, mission, and holiday programs with the children.

Houstonia highlights Luby's Jr. Chef Competition to benefit Homemade Hope

August 2016


Houstonia highlighted Luby's plans to host a Jr. Chef's Competition where the winning dish will become a featured menu item with a percent of each dish's sale being donated to Homemade Hope. Homemade Hope's kids will be sous chefs to the finalists as they cook to earn a spot on the menu.

Homemade Hope's Spring Soirée gets nod from CultureMap Houston

May 2016


CultureMap Houston recognized HH's first spring event, held May 12th, 2016 at the JW Marriott Downtown. All proceeds will benefit Homemade Hope's work with Houston children living in shelters.

Houston Chronicle highlights HH's Spring Soirée

May 2016


Homemade Hope hosted its inaugural spring event to benefit HH's weekly cooking programs and holiday celebrations serving homeless and at-risk youth living in shelters. 

Whole Foods Selects Homemade Hope for 5% Community Giving Day to be held 8/17

March 2016


Whole Foods Market selected Homemade Hope to be the beneficiary of their 5% Community Giving Day on August 17th. 5% of all pre-tax dollars spent at both the Voss store and the Post Oak store will be donated to Homemade Hope's programming.

Homemade Hope awarded grant by Albert & Ethel Herzstein Foundation

March 2016


Homemade Hope was honored to be selected for a grant award by the distinguished Herzstein Foundation, broadening our base of generous supporters.




Étoile et Bar selects Homemade Hope as January Charity of the Month 

January 2016


Throughout the month of January, Étoile et Bar will donate a portion of the proceeds from its prixe fixe dinner and brunch menus to Homemade Hope. The restaurant also features a Charity Cocktail. Please visit to enjoy a fabulous meal while supporting our valuable work. 


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CultureMap Houston highlights 5th Annual "Houston Bondshells Bash" and Homemade Hope, the event's charity beneficiary  

December 2015


Homemade Hope was honored as the first charity beneficiary of this Spectre-themed event. Proceeds funded HH's Christmas party at Southside Community Center.


HH Founder, Blair Bentley, featured in Modern Luxury Houston's November Philanthropy issue

November 2015


In this "snapshot" of "movers and shaker and doers and dreamers that keep the spirit of charity alive in Houston," Bentley is acknowledged as a "rising superstar" in the city's philanthropy scene. 



HH & JW Marriott's Main Kitchen featured on ABC13 News

August 2015


Houston's JW Marriott Main Kitchen hosted Homemade Hope for an afternoon of cooking and a behind-the-scenes peek at life in a professional kitchen. Children made pizzas from scratch with fresh ingredients of their choice after a fun demonstration by Executive Chef Erin Smith and three other Main Kitchen chefs.


Houston's Public Media highlights Texas Women for the Arts' generous grant award to Homemade Hope 

June 2015


Texas Women for the Arts awarded Homemade Hope a generous grant, enabling expansion of HH's programs to additional shelters. Houston Public Media learned of this great partnership and highlighted the work of HH on its Arts & Culture segment.


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