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Sophia Ernst received her yoga certification directly after high school. After graduating from University in Chicago, and some travel abroad, she returned to live and work in Denver. Sophia has in interest in all things cultural and Denver is full of places to discover the arts. Sophia enjoys exploring the world by car, bike and on foot with her friends and family, her sister and her adorable and fearless dog.

Recap: Evening of Hope To Benefit Hope House At Echter’s Garden

Lapat Bakery (Photo Credit: Sophia Ernst)

On Thursday night, November 29th , Echter’s Garden Center was transformed into a winter wonderland of gifts and giving. The Holiday spirit was alive and well with their Evening of Hope to benefit the Hope House. This is Etcher’s second year supporting Hope House.

Hope House works with teen mothers to help them become self- sufficient through education and community support. Most teen mothers live below the poverty line and less then 1% will graduate from college. Hope House helps these new families by providing residential assistance, GED help and mentoring programs. Their goal is to create self-sufficient mothers that can go on to provide for themselves and their child. Janay B. spoke to the guests at Etcher’s and talked about her story. She has a young daughter and Hope House helped her to obtain her GED, learn about parenting and get the support she needed to start raising her beautiful little girl. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Hope House.

Lisa S., and Janay B. of Hope House (Photo Credit: Sophia Ernst)

The garden center was filled with music, dance and delicious food. Local venders and restaurants filled the space giving samples of food and wine, offering door prizes and showing their wares. Each booth was unique and the venders were extremely kind and personable. Tina Gugler and Debbie Clayton played live music and the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers provided a show with their lively dancing. Local venders were ready with the perfect gift you have been searching for. Great Harvest Bread Company, Baby Cakes Cupcakery, Enstrom and Primo Vino were just a few of the many places giving out samples of their food and wine.  Indigo Blooms Botanicals, Olde Town Acupuncture and Wellness Center and Table Mountain Travel Service, Inc. were giving away door prizes. Other booths such as the Kitchen Table Cooking School’s booth demonstrated some of the events and parties they can host. The night was very entertaining. Fifty percent of ticket sales went to Hope House and 15 percent of the overall sales for the night were also donated to the charity. Each ticket included two free drinks at the bar and entrance for some of Etcher’s very special door prizes.  It was a great night to support a wonderful cause!

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