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2018 St. HOPE Dinner
Featuring MLB All-Star Barry Bonds

St. HOPE is excited to welcome Barry Bonds as the featured guest at this year’s Annual Dinner. 

Recognized as one of the game’s greatest players, Barry holds Major League Baseball’s all-time career records in home runs (762) and walks (2,558).  During his illustrious 22-year career with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants, he was awarded the National League MVP seven times, a gold glove winner eight times, and selected to the All-Star game 14 times.

The Annual Dinner is St. HOPE’s only fundraising event of the year and accounts for a significant portion of its operating budget. Thanks to sponsors, staff and friends, as well as an all-star list of keynote speakers, which have included  LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Sinbad, John Wooden, Chris Webber, Bill Walton, Jason Kidd, Michael Jordan among others. The Dinner has sold out every year attracting more than 1,000 guests.

The annual event provides an opportunity to highlight St. HOPE’s services of Public Education and Economic Development in the Oak Park community.

The 2018 St. HOPE Dinner will take place on Sunday, September 23 at the Hyatt Regency. For questions please contact us at 916-451-HOPE (4673) or


“The Future of Fathers: Will You Stay and Become a Father, or Will You Walk Out the Door…”
By Rick J. McPhearson

The future of fathers is a revitalizing, uplifting and real look at what many men will go through as they journey to fatherhood. It gives insight from one father’s perspective, and it gives resources and facts about where we are in society as fathers. It will challenge you, motivate you, and hopefully enlighten you. Use it as a tool, and let it serve as a guide to your future, the future of fathers where men are made to step up and take on the responsibilities set forth the very moment your child looked up, opened their tiny eyes and proclaimed you as Dad.


“Never Let Nobody Steal Yo’ Thunder: Don’t Let the Bad People Keep You Down
By Kim Y. Nelson

After turning everyone she knows against her, Alice decides that it is time to make a positive change in her life. But despite all of her efforts to do the right thing and stay out of trouble, she seems to be a magnet for bad luck and bad people. Unfortunately in life, it only takes one bad person to bring you down to the point that you lose all of your “thunder” and passion for life. Sometimes, it only takes one bad person to make you lose your very will to live. Alice struggles to find the inner strength to overcome adversity and open herself up to the possibility of true love.


“Adult Master Art Workshop”
With Milton 510 Bowens

Renowned Bay Area artist and educator, Milton 510 Bowens will present a series of
Adult Master Art Workshops beginning Saturday, September 8 from 5-7pm. 

Attendees will create their own individual, message driven, mixed media original work of art.

More information to come!


“Operation Growth: an extraordinary journey of maturity, motherhood and black girl magic”
By Brandi R Richard

Operation Growth is designed to help women on the cusp of greatness, navigate to their personal next level. Through her authentic account of the struggles and triumphs of a single black woman, leader, and mom, Brandi has woven together a hero’s story of how to navigate to your personal next level. You don’t have to see it or know exactly what it is, because perfection is not necessary. Grit and tenacity absolutely are. Operation Growth is about determination and identification of your divine destiny.