Drawing for personal phone call with Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty at Hope Day

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Homes of Hope for Children

Hattiesburg, Miss – August 12, 2014 – Families have even more to look forward to at the inaugural Hope Day & Hope Day 5K – now attendees can enter to win a personal phone call with Duck Dynasty's Uncle Si.

On Saturday, August 23 from 10am to 2pm at Pride Field at Southern Miss, a family fun day to benefit the local charity Homes of Hope for Children will be held. 'Hope Day' will feature a multitude of inflatable jumps, slides, and games, a dunking booth, balloon art, face painting, caricature drawings, pony rides, a petting zoo and more. There will also be live entertainment by Dr. E and the Voodoo Kings, and food and beverage.

Admission is free and armbands for unlimited play on all of the children's activities will be available for purchase. Armbands are $10 for the first, and $5 for each additional per family. Each armband purchase enters you into a drawing to win a variety of great prizes – including a personal phone call with Duck Dynasty's Uncle Si. Additional raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. The winner will be drawn at 12:00 p.m. at Hope Day and you must be present to win.

The event will also be kicked off that morning with the Hope Day 5K at 8am. Registration is only $25 and includes an event t-shirt and racer swag bag. Race registration is available online at HopeDay5k.eventbrite.com.

Special thanks to Parish Tractor Supply, Hattiesburg Post, Hattiesburg American, Mac's Construction Company, Kia of Hattiesburg, McB's, Satellites Unlimited, WUSM, Aramark, Copy Cats Printing, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola, Havard Pest Control, Krispy Kreme, Mississippi Power Company, Pridestaff, South Mississippi Electric, The First, USM Alumni Association, Wesley Medical Center, BancorpSouth and Regions Bank for their support of this event.

To learn more, visit Facebook.com/SustainableHopeforChildren or email sustainablehopeforchildren@gmail.com.

Homes of Hope for Children is an out-of-home care organization for children whose families cannot care for them. The mission of Homes of Hope for Children is to serve children in crisis throughout Mississippi by providing strong, Christian homes to every child that lives on campus while ensuring that each child is loved unconditionally and has their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs met. It is expected that about 25% of the children who come to live at Homes of Hope will remain in their care until they graduate high school. Homes of Hope is currently at capacity with 15 children in their full-time care.

This event is coordinated by a group of individuals participating in the Area Development Partnership's 2014 Leadership Pinebelt class, under the team name 'Sustainable Hope'. Charged with the task of developing a project to benefit the local community, Sustainable Hope members identified Homes of Hope as an organization in need whose mission was one the team strongly supported. Team members include Chase Blankenship, Brian Harris, Catherine Lott, Sabrina McArthur, Dane Reiter and Amanda Strickland.