A Night of Hope for the Homeless

"A Night of Hope for the Homeless" is an annual fundraiser for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House. The main goal is to educate the public on the homeless situation in Sioux Falls and raise a majority of the operational dollars needed for the year. Twelve leaders of the community come together to 'sleep out' for a night in tents and cardboard boxes to experience just a few of the hardships of being homeless. Businesses and leaders around the community act as sponsors for the event and help raise a substantial part of BDHH's annual operating needs. 

The event starts at 6:00 p.m. on October 24. 2019 with check in for all the participants where they fill out intake paperwork and have their belongings looked through. From there, a light dinner is served and a short program commences, including a video on homelessness in Sioux Falls, stories from staff and guests, and a discussion. At 9:00 pm, the participants head outside and prepare for the night ahead. 

While the participants can bring items to keep them warm and comfortable, the conditions are still less than ideal. With cold hands but warm hearts, participants spend the evening waiting for their 5:00 a.m. wake up call. In the morning, the participants will get a debriefing on the events that transpired during the night and have a conversation about how the experience changed their perspective on being homeless. 

The need is continuing and we are entering the cold weather season when shelter is so important. The community leaders choose to sleep out in the hopes that in the long term others, who have no choice, will not have to sleep in the freezing cold. 

So far for 2019, our participants include:

Joan Franken – Costello Companies
Katie and Dan Fritz – Catholic Community Foundation
Steve Statz – Avera Health
Eric McDonald – Formerly DocuTap
Shawn Cleary – Board of Director, Tiger Corp
Kevin Kjergaard – Kelo
Erica Beck – City of Sioux Falls
Christine Erickson – City Council
Marshall Selberg – City Council
Jean Bender – County Commission
Mark Weber – Waterbury Heating and Cooling

If you're interested in sponsoring the event, making any donation, or learning more, please email astidd@bdhh.org!        

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Platinum Sponsor: $10,000
Gold Sponsor: $5,000
Silver Sponsor: $2,500
Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

While these sponsorship opportunities exist, we accept and appreciate all donations toward this event and our mission! To donate, click here!