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Cornerstone Of Hope’s “Hope Day” Provides Fun and Support For the Community

Cornerstone Of Hope’s “Hope Day” Provides Fun and Support For the Community

Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. Guided by Christian values of compassion and service, the non-profit organization in Cleveland, Ohio welcomes and serves all seeking support. To help shed light on their tremendous work, EMS Race Team races to raise awareness for Cornerstone by featuring its logo on the hood of its Ferrari Challenge Car.


On Tuesday, June 23, Cornerstone held its Annual Hope Day celebration and the EMS+ team was on hand. The courtyard area at Cornerstone’s headquarters was transformed into a carnival for kids, and inside their were games, prizes, food, a photo booth, and fun for all who attended.

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“We provide a full activity day for the families to come out between 6-8pm and play all sorts of carnival games,” Rachel Rego, Marketing Director with Cornerstone of Hope, said. “We have hot dogs, popcorn, chips, cookies and we also have tons of prizes for the kids to win. The kids get to go home with all sorts of really cool items. We even have a slip and slide down the hill out back.”


With the weather cooperating, the slip and slide was a massive hit. Kids were running from the bottom of the hill to the top for another chance to slide down in the summer sun. Genevieve Fowler, who we spoke with out back near Cornerstone’s state-of-the-art treehouse, talked about what Cornerstone’s Day of Hope means to her and her family.

“This is my second year here at Cornerstone of Hope for Hope Day,” Fowler said. “I came here with my mother, my niece, my daughter and my son. We lost my sister, Jacqueline Pugliese, in February of 2013. This day represents a fun day for kids. It represents a day of hope, a day of energy, a day of smiles. It brings kids together in a different way when they’re struggling with their daily routine and the fact that a loved one is gone from their lives. It gives them hope that the people surrounding them can help them through a tough time. The smile, the laughter, it’s overwhelming that this type of place can provide the hope that it does.”

Earlier this year, Cornerstone’s Annual Fund letter featured the Fowler-Pugliese family, describing Genevieve’s story. That letter is below, helping to illustrate the real impact that Cornerstone makes on the many lives they touch.

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The smile and laughter throughout the day was truly overwhelming, and Cornerstone’s Day of Hope was a truly special event to be a part of. We were happy to have been there to feel the energy of healing and love that permeated all in attendance. To get involved with Cornerstone of Hope, and help support their mission, visit their website:

Sonoma Raceway Ferrari Challenge with EMS Race Team and Cornerstone of Hope

Sonoma Raceway Ferrari Challenge with EMS Race Team and Cornerstone of Hope

EMS Race Team is powered by ems+ and competes to raise awareness for Cleveland’s Cornerstone of Hope Foundation. This past weekend, EMS Race Team competed in the Ferrari Challenge races at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.

Race 1–which ended in a podium finish–was dedicated to Cornerstone’s upcoming series of summer camps designed to help support those who lost someone they loved.

After qualifying second in class and seventh overall on Saturday, Jim Weiland and the Ferrari of San Francisco team added another trophy to the collection with a second place finish in Race 1.

“The Ferrari of San Francisco team did a great job getting us ready to race on Saturday,” Weiland said. “While we’re always looking for a first-place finish, it was great to get onto the podium in Sonoma. The best part was being able to help raise awareness for the great work that our friends and neighbors at Cornerstone of Hope do for our community. Hopefully we were able to help others learn a little bit about the Cornerstone team along the way.”

During race weekend, we caught up with Coach Conrad Grunewald and several members of the Ferrari of San Francisco team for a behind-the-scenes look at Sonoma. Those videos and photos are below.


Coach Conrad Grunewald talks about reviewing video and data in between practice sessions.

Andrew talks about preparations for Qualifying from the paddock at Sonoma.

Behind-the-scenes with Dave in the Ferrari of San Francisco Garage at Sonoma.

Rudy talks about adjustments and prep work on Saturday at Sonoma.

Starting in the 15th position for Race 2, the EMS+ car quickly passed six cars in front of them. But alas, the second race was unfortunately cut short after contact to the right rear of the car on Turn 3. That contact spun out the No. 18 car driven by Weiland and forced an early exit from the race. Overall, though, the weekend was a big success and helped prepare Weiland and his team for F1 weekend at Montreal–the next stop on the Ferrari Challenge schedule.


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To learn more about Cornerstone of Hope and how you can help, visit