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      "Serving Up Hope" Benefits Hope Harbor Shelter

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      The oven mitts were on as four chefs served up their best appetizers for the title of "Bacon Boss"; and while it have been a culinary battle royale in Grand Island, the real fight is to help women and children who may find themselves homeless.

      Saturday night's fundraiser, 'Serving Up Hope' benefited Grand Island's Hope Harbor. The shelter has been at capacity since 2012, with a waiting list for as many as 70 women and children.

      Officials say this event helps drive home the need, making the community aware of just how serious homelessness is.

      "Homelessness is something I work in every day, so I realize how prevalent it is," said Hope Harbor Executive Director Melissa De Laet. "There's more than we even see in those shelters, so just getting the awareness out there -- that there's as many in our shelters -- to the public is huge to us."

      Funds from the benefit will help continue programs and services like meals, counseling and transitional general assistance. Organizers hope to surpass last year's goal of $66,000.

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