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Hope in the Morning

2019: Celebrating 25 Years

Mourning Hope exists because every child deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment. Because the death of a family member brings financial instability, along with other life-altering changes, our services are available at no cost to participants, and no family is ever turned away. Receiving no government funding or insurance reimbursement, we rely solely on private donations from individuals, businesses, service clubs and foundations.

To continue offering this kind of help for grieving youth in Lincoln and surrounding communities, we need your support. On May 2, 2019, Mourning Hope will host our annual “Hope in the Morning” fundraiser with special guest speaker, Vicki Jay. This invitation-only event brings together business and philanthropic leaders, elected officials, corporate partners, community members and grief professionals for an educational and motivational breakfast.

Please consider joining our amazing corporate partners by sponsoring the 2019 event.

2018 Partners

Swanson Russell

Speaker Sponsor
AseraCare Hospice

Dave & Terry Hansen
HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation
Modern Woodmen
Pat Clinch Peace Project
Pinnacle Bank
Union Bank & Trust

Grafton & Associates
Nebraska Wesleyan University

Printing Sponsor
Eagle Printing

Abel Foundation                                           Lincoln Pediatric Group
Bryan Health                                                 Roper & Sons
CHI Health                                                     The Lipson Group
Green's Furnace and Plumbing                 US Bank
Ron & Chris Harris                                       Valentino's
Frank & Elizabeth Hilsabeck                       Westgate Bank
Lincoln Orthapaedic Physical Therapy     Lenny & Barb Woythaler

Other Partners
Blake & Emmy Anderson                           Courtyard by Marriott
Deb Buhro                                                    Jeff & Judy Greenwald
Butherus, Maser and Love                        Porridge Papers
Capitol Heating and Air                             Stonebridge Wealth Management
Complete Children's Health                     The Copper Kettle
Cornhusker Bank                                       Tom & Sue Tallman
Costco                                                          UNICO Group      


2019 Guest Speaker: Vicki Jay

Vicki Jay serves as Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Ms. Jay was founding director of Rays of Hope Children’s Grief Center in Midland, Texas. Her nineteen-year hospice career included End-of-Life Community Education Director and ten years as Founder and Executive Director of Rays of Hope Children’s Grief Center. She is recognized for her role in children’s advocacy and for her strengths in public speaking and community education. Jay has received many awards and much recognition for her work with nonprofits and in the field of bereavement, including the National Jefferson Award for Community Service, a prestigious national recognition honoring community and public volunteerism in America. Recipients are “ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” A graduate of Texas Tech University, Jay currently resides in Midland, Texas.