“HOPE is a volunteer, not-for-profit, event management organization that raises funds for community-based charities and has fun doing so” – HOPE’s mission statement
HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) was started 35 years ago by Fred Logan and his friends as part of a group of events, inspired by Terry Fox, whose sole purpose was to give back to the Ottawa Community. What was a small group of teams has grown into the World’s Largest One Day Volleyball Tournament, that has continued to support Ottawa’s local charities.
This year’s SummerFest event takes place on Saturday, July 15th with registration for teams opening on Friday, April 28th at midnight.
HOPE’s flagship Volleyball SummerFest event combines recreational volleyball with live rock entertainment. Each year, more than 25,000 players and spectators flock to Mooney’s Bay Beach in Ottawa for the greatest summer party in the region. These participants have helped HOPE donate over $3.5 million in support of more than 110 local charities. Not bad for a group of friends that wanted to make a difference.
HOPE added another event that has been growing every year and that is our HOPE Volleyball WinterFest event as a “Warm Up to HOPE” that takes place on the first Saturday of the school March Break (March 11th, 2017 this year) at Le Dome @ Louis Riel. Le Dome @ Louis Riel is the largest dome in North America and accommodates 64 teams (teams of 8 players maximum) to help us continue to give back to the Ottawa community throughout the year.
These many successes are made possible because of the support of several committed stakeholders. First, and foremost, HOPE is a volunteer led and driven organization. It depends on the efforts of an active board of directors, a membership body, and a core planning team of some forty individuals who, in turn, manage close to 1100 event-day volunteers. The volunteers are assisted by a small, dedicated staff of two. HOPE is also extremely fortunate to count on the generous and continued support of its stellar family of corporate partners as well as the City of Ottawa.
The inspiration that led to HOPE’s founding thirty-five years ago continues to guide us today. Now as then, the goal is to serve our community by serving up fun.