Ella's Hope Close to Top Ten in Pepsi Refresh Project

7 years 2 weeks 3 days ago Monday, November 29 2010 Nov 29, 2010 Monday, November 29, 2010 7:03:39 PM CST November 29, 2010 in News
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COLUMBIA - Voting ends Tuesday night to support Ella's Hope, a foundation started by Columbia native, Hope McPheeters. Ella's Hope, which works to raise awareness and funding in support of the early intervention of autism, remains only two spots away from receiving a 25 thousand dollar grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. McPheeters started Ella's Hope after her daughter, Ella, was diagnosed with autism. She recognized the benefits of early intervention when Ella began progressing throughout her therapy. McPheeters felt she needed to raise support for families who cannot afford similar therapy. She first applied for the grant in June and has attempted to raise enough awareness to move Ella's Hope into the top ten ideas of the Pepsi Refresh Project. The voting for November ends at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30th. McPheeters encourages everyone to vote because she says, "It's so easy and it's free and it gives people a good outlet to do something good for the day." If Ella's Hope does not make it into the top ten by Tuesday night, McPheeters plans to try again in December since "we have nothing to lose." McPheeters hopes that teaming up with ideas in other grant categories will help raise awareness. This month she worked with Medzou, an idea in support of a free health clinic run by University of Missouri medical students. To vote for Ella's Hope, text 100288 to Pepsi (73774), or visit the Ella's Hope facebook page or www.refresheverything.com/ellashope.

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