Hope From Harrison is pleased to announce that its first annual one-day community festival will be held at Abacoa Amphitheater in Jupiter, FL on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 from noon to 10 p.m. HopeFest will feature live music and entertainment, along with arts & crafts, a Kids Zone with sports & interactive activities, delicious food, craft beer and many other surprises.
The musical guests include a rare appearance of Jupiter’s own Boxelder, the reunion of Invisible Music, and many other of South Florida’s top musical talent including The Resolvers, Ketchy Shuby, Fusik, The Miami Street Band, Uproot Hootenany and Mike Mineo.
The organization was founded by Palm Beach couple Matt and Melissa Hudson whose son, Harrison, was born with numerous medical problems. In Harrison’s memory, they launched Hope From Harrison, which provides resources, awareness and hope for families of children with critical needs.
Matt spoke about their journey saying, “When our son was born, we had good insurance, a savings account and family support and yet, every day was challenging. The money ran out quickly and we could not have made it without loving, compassionate support from friends and family.”
His wife, Melissa adds, “We loved Harrison so much and were so blessed to have him in our lives even for that short period of time. As parents, we wanted to be there every moment for him, but it was exhausting. You feel as if you’re on an island by yourself and there’s a big storm overhead.”
Two families in particular will benefit from proceeds from this year’s HopeFest. Tadd & Jilian are parents of twin boys who were born three months prematurely. Paxton passed right after birth. Lincoln survived but has struggled with multiple medical problems since his birth.
The other family has a baby boy named Kaden who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, a degenerative disease mostly affecting babies that can hinder the ability to crawl, walk, stand, eat, or even breathe on their own. Half of the babies diagnosed don’t make it to see their second birthday, but Kaden has a delightful twinkle in his eyes that says he will not give up without a fight.
The event has already acquired a number of sponsors, but they are continuing to ask local businesses in Palm Beach County to get involved. Currently, the event sponsors include: Cartoon Cuts, Eyes on the Island, Deals on Wheels, Renato’s, Mandel JCC, Bridges, Marsh & Associates, The Law Office of Todd S Stewart, Ahlbum Insurance Group, Art By Nature, Associated Property Management, Chau Wall & Associates, Cobblestone Realty, Diaz Family, Dr. Cara Geary, Fitzgerald Family, Lynchard Family, Margaritaville, P.U.P Pavers, Robyn Barkley Photography, Caribbean Sound & Light and Brotherly Love Productions.
Kids twelve & under are free
VIP also available
Saturday, November 22 from noon – 10pm
1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter FL 33458
About Hope From Harrison: Hope From Harrison is a registered Florida non-profit corporation with 501(c)-3 tax-exempt status with the IRS. The organization’s mission is to provide resources, awareness and hope for children with critical needs. All donations are tax-deductible.