FROM LEFT: Executive Director Therese Schoeneck, volunteer Patty Saunders and Director of Development and Public Relations Walt Stein stand in front of the Center for HOPE on Onondaga Boulevard in Syracuse.
The decorations inside HOPE for Bereaved’s Center for Hope headquarters are hard to miss. Whether it is wood carvings, paintings, drawings or stickers, the building is full of butterflies.
The butterflies are meant to symbolize hope for those who are grieving after a loss, founder and executive director Therese Schoeneck said.
A painting hanging in the center done by a grieving parent captures the essence of the symbolism. It depicts a butterfly struggling to escape a chrysalis on the left and a free butterfly flying next to a rainbow on the right.
For some, having hope after a loss has meant the world. “I have had people tell me that HOPE saved their life,” Shoeneck said, “and that is an awesome statement.”
HOPE for Bereaved is a Syracuse-based not-for-profit that offers free counseling and services to victims of tragic loss. On June 9 they will hold their third annual Remembrance 8k Run/3k Walk for HOPE in Marcellus. The event is a fundraiser as well as a chance for victims of loss to do something to honor the memory of loved ones.
HOPE is supported completely by donations, the work of volunteers and proceeds from a number of annual fundraisers. Their biggest fundraiser is a dinner event at the Oncenter in Syracuse. This year the event will be held on Nov. 1 and will celebrate HOPE’s 35th year of serving Central New York.
The Remembrance run and walk has become HOPE’s second biggest fundraiser. Last year it raised more than $7,000 and this year they are hoping for $10,000.
The walk and race routes will start at Marcellus High School. The registration fee is $25 before May 31, and $35 up until and including the day of the event. Participants are also encouraged to collect pledges for individuals, or teams, to be donated as well.