Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon

The 14th Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon is Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Blue Ridge Community College.

The First Words of Hope Luncheon serves as the largest source of unrestricted funds for St. Gerard House. Its title, First Words of Hope, represents many things. It refers to our firm commitment to lift each individual we serve to his or her highest potential, and in doing so, to offer parents and loved ones a renewed perspective on life with Autism. It also pays homage to one of the greatest blessings we receive through our work: the opportunity to witness a child communicate successfully for the first time.

At the 2024 event you will hear Frankie’s story & learn why early intervention is so important to children on the spectrum.

What Your Sponsorship Means

St. Gerard House is committed to serving all families, regardless of their insurance coverage or ability to pay. You gift makes a positive impact on the lives of individuals with Autism and their loved ones. SGH can teach young adults with Autism necessary job training skills for meaningful employment.

View the 2024 Sponsor Benefit Package. Ready to be a Difference Maker? Complete and return the sponsor form to [email protected].

2023 Presenting Sponsor: Vannoy Construction


2023 Angel Sponsor: Advent Health

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Thank you to our 2023 Advocate Sponsors:

Thank you to ALL of our Sponsors:

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