Hopeful Mama Foundation raised over $8,100 for infertility grants at its inaugural fundraising event, “Hope to Spare: Empower the 1 in 4.” The event took place on Saturday, April 27 from 4 pm to 7 pm at SpareTime Cedar Rapids. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Donor Egg Bank USA, and our supporting sponsors, SpareTime, McGrath Family of Dealerships, and Great Clips, all proceeds from Hope to Spare will go directly towards infertility grants in 2025. By easing the financial burden, these grants offer hope and support to those on their journey to parenthood.

“Witnessing the community unite in such a powerful and positive way reminds us all that supporting those on their journey to parenthood is not just helpful, but essential,” said Emily Patel, Founder + President of Hopeful Mama Foundation. “Together, we can make a meaningful difference by turning parenthood dreams into reality for so many deserving individuals.”

Infertility affects 1 in 4 people, which can be accompanied by many emotional, physical, and financial challenges. Recognizing the need for support in this journey, Hope to Spare aimed to alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with infertility treatments by raising funds for infertility grants awarded through the Hopeful Mama Foundation. Generous contributions were obtained from sponsors and attendees, which served as a powerful reminder that those facing infertility are not alone in their journey.

One of the highlights during the event were the Hopeful Mama swag bags filled with tons of goodies from local and national businesses. Each attendee received a swag bag, which made their experience even more memorable. A huge thank you to this year’s swag bag donors: 

Another highlight of the evening was the photo op set up by Bliss Balloons Co.  Guests enjoyed posing in front of the beautifully crafted balloon arrangement to capture  memorable moments that were shared on social media. The photo op added a festive feel to the atmosphere and served as a fun reminder of the evening spent giving back.

“The inaugural Hopeful Mama fundraising event was uplifting and inspiring. I’m so grateful to have been invited and to be part of Donor Egg Bank USA who believes in this foundation and its mission to provide financial support, educational resources, and support groups to those experiencing infertility. Often families experience complex emotions through the donor egg process and having resources available is essential. Emily is dedicated to helping these families, and you can tell by the unity of her team, the achievements made in the last year, and the support at this inaugural event. My heart was encouraged by her words and I know she’ll continue to help those in need of hope.” – Tanya Torres, Client Services Manager, Donor Egg Bank USA. 

The Hope to Spare event also featured a well-rounded selection of silent auction baskets, generously donated by over 30 businesses. These baskets included a diverse array of items, from luxury goods and spa treatments to specialty food and unique experiences. The wide variety ensured there was something for everyone, encouraging active participation and enthusiastic bidding from attendees. This not only added an exciting element to the evening but also significantly contributed to the fundraising efforts.

Infertility support through the Hope to Spare event exemplified the power of community and empathy, not only raising crucial funds for 2025 infertility financial grants, but also helping individuals feel less alone in their journey by fostering a supportive and understanding environment. Take a look below at the wonderful evening we shared together.

Images by: Thomas + Co Photography

Community Outreach CoordinatorWritten by Jennifer Hamdorf, Community Outreach + Event Support.

Jennifer Hamdorf is the Director of Contracts & Legal Operations at Ruffalo Noel Levitz as well as an avid champion of Hopeful Mama Foundation. Jennifer and her husband, Ryan, experienced the grief of unexplained infertility for years. They never gave up hope—and after multiple failed transfers, welcomed their son, Wells, via IVF in April 2021.
In her free time, Jennifer is likely attending a local event with her family, listening to her favorite podcasts, or hiking with her two large rescue pups, Goose & Banksy.