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Voice of Hope Ed Franklin, President and CEO; Michele Franklin; Clayton Kershaw, award presenter

Voice of Hope’s (VOH) 2014 Annual Dinner: Can YOU Hear The Voices? will be held on January 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue. All proceeds from this fundraising event will help the organization fulfill its mission to educate and build strong character in children and to equip families with resources and skills needed to overcome and break the poverty cycle.

Baseball ace left-hand pitcher Clayton Kershaw is also donating an autographed and framed jersey for the raffle. Tickets are $100 each, and the winner does not need to be present to win.

“As one of the long-time ministries serving West Dallas families, Voice of Hope has been here since 1982 giving hope and building communities,” said Ed Franklin, president and CEO of Voice of Hope.  “This event helps us raise critical funds to continue this work, which is transforming and strengthening this community.”

Following dinner, Ray Nixon, a long-time Voice of Hope supporter, will moderate a panel discussion with these three distinguished speakers:

Voice of Vision: Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas

Voice of Spirit: Ron Washington, Manager of Texas Rangers

Voice of Faith: Joseph ”Skip” Ryan, Chancellor Redeemer Seminary and Professor of Practical Theology.

Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner and Dallas native Clayton Kershaw will present this year’s Award of Excellence, which honors a former Voice of Hope student who embodies the mission of the organization. Kershaw, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, spoke on last year’s panel.

The Honorary Chairs are Bill and Debbie Dunlap, and Event Chair is Andrea Pedigo. Sponsor levels begin at $5,000. Individual tickets, which are $250, are available on a limited basis. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Ruth Hardesty, VOH director of development, at 214-631-7027, ext. 152 or To purchase raffle tickets, tickets or sponsorships, go online to and click on the “Donate Now” box in the upper right-hand corner.


Voice of Hope Ministries, Inc., founded in 1982, is a Christian community center founded on principles of self-help, spiritual enrichment and urban renewal. Voice of Hope Ministries exists to provide children living in the neighborhoods of West Dallas with strong character models, education support, life skills, and family support services needed to become productive Christian citizens. For more information, please contact Voice of Hope at 214-631-7027 or visit

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