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SOS Hope-A-Palooza to Honor, Entertain, and Raise Funds

SOS’s annual fundraiser, Hope-A-Palooza, is set to honor the career and legacy of retiring Executive Director Connie Cahoone. To be held on Friday, March 29 at the Emporia Granada Theatre, the event will also be a night of entertainment with Joseph Hall’s Elvis Rock N Remember Tribute Show. The annual fundraiser for SOS will offer dinner, drinks, and a live auction, followed by what is sure to be an exciting performance.


Cahoone will retire in March after 11 years as Executive Director of SOS. Her contribution to the organization will be marked during Hope-A-Palooza, a major fundraiser for the organization that was developed under Cahoone’s leadership. Since her arrival in 2012, Cahoone has led the organization through considerable growth and development and has greatly increased the organization’s presence in local communities. In addition to being instrumental in the development of Hope-A-Palooza, she also helped initiate the highly successful SOS Strong and Heroes for Hope campaigns. She personally presided over every aspect of the Stronger Together Capital Campaign to facilitate the purchase and extensive renovation of the agency’s current headquarters, the SOS Community Advocacy and Outreach Complex, allowing for the consolidation of all four of the organization’s programs into a more accessible, yet secure, location.


During Hope-A-Palooza, the SOS Board of Directors will announce the results of fundraising for the Connie Cahoone Legacy of Hope fund. To ensure Cahoone’s contributions to SOS continue to have impact, the SOS Board of Directors and supporters from the community have established the Connie Cahoone Legacy of Hope fund at the Emporia Community Foundation to provide further sustainability and to provide the next executive director with discretionary resources to use to support SOS for projects like staff development and training, staff retention, victim assistance, and to purchase equipment not funded by grants. Mickey Edwards will begin her tenure as the third executive director in the organizations nearly 50-year history starting on March 1. Donations to the Connie Cahoone Legacy of Hope fund can be sent to the Emporia Community Foundation. More information about the fund is available at


Hope-A-Palooza attendees can enjoy cocktails starting at 5:00, followed by dinner, awards and retirement celebration, and a live auction. Individual tickets can be purchased for only $75 each. Tickets are limited, and available for purchase now at


Tickets are also available for Joseph Hall’s Elvis Rock N’ Remember Tribute show for those who prefer to attend only the entertainment portion of the evening. Tribute show tickets are on sale now for $20 each for balcony seating at


This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of these sponsors: Michelin, Lyon County State Bank, Stormont Vail Health, APAC: A CRH Company, KVOE, Country 101.7, Mix 104.9, Mark and Angie Schreiber, Newman Regional Health, Clark Carpet and Tile, Community National Bank, Flint Hills Technical College, Haag Pharmacy, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Liberty MD, Kansas Security, Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, ValuNet Fiber, the Armitage family, Edward Jones: Jon Geitz, Eudaley CPA LLC, Jan Utech - RE/MAX EK Real Estate, Mark II Lumber, Norfolk Iron and Metal, Thompson Family Dental, and Trolley House Distillery.


Hope-A-Palooza and Joseph Hall’s Rock N’ Remember Tribute show will be Friday, March 29 at the Emporia Granada Theatre. Get your tickets for Hope-A-Palooza: A Legacy of Hope or learn more at


SOS’s mission is to empower and advocate for those affected by sexual or domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse a

nd neglect. This event raises money to continue SOS’s important work and recognize those who have been key supporters of the organization. SOS would not be able to support the needs of clients without the generosity of community and friends.


For more information on Hope-A-Palooza, contact SOS Community Relations Coordinator Cara Codney at 620-343-8799 or

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