H.O.P.E Volleyball Summerfest celebrates 40 years

Mooney’s Bay beach during the H.O.P.E Volleyball Summerfest. July 16th 2022.

The 40th annual H.O.P.E Volleyball Summerfest took place in Mooney’s Bay this past weekend. The event featured three different volleyball divisions, lots of food and beverage vendors, DJs spinning, and a concert to end off the day.

While the event began as a small group of teams playing volleyball to raise money for charity, it has grown into the biggest one-day volleyball tournament in the world. H.O.P.E, which stands for Helping Other People Everywhere chooses different charities every year to raise money for. This year’s charities were Youville Centre, Children at Risk, The Caring and Sharing Exchange, The Snowsuit Fund and Shelter Movers Ottawa.

H.O.P.E is highly dependent on the hard work of their volunteers; there were nearly 700 helping out on event day at Summerfest. Franca Santagati, a member of the planning team for H.O.P.E Volleyball, was incredibly pleased with the execution of the day.

“It is a great turnout, it is a beautiful day, you can’t ask for better.” She added how happy people are to come out, socialize and support a great cause.

Santagati explained that the work she does with H.O.P.E is very rewarding and allows for many different charities to benefit from the same event. 

“It is really amazing to be able to connect with the charities and raise money for these organizations.”

If you were unable to attend this year’s tournament, not to worry! H.O.P.E plans to continue the tradition and serve up fun for years to come.