A tropical breeze to sweep Atlanta - positively changing lives

ATLANTA, Ga. (March 11, 2008) - Food For The Poor's inaugural Atlanta event Catch a Tropical Breeze to honor Atlanta's 104.7 FM The FISH and morning team hosts, Kevin Avery and Taylor Scott, will be held April 19 at The Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Proceeds from the event will be used to build Food For The Poor houses and a fishing village in Haiti.

Steel drums will set the rhythm and mood for the Caribbean themed reception, taking place on the Atrium Terrace, overlooking the CNN Center studios. A silent auction featuring exotic travel vacations, gorgeous jewelry, and fine artwork will engage guests. 

Atlanta's 104.7 FM The FISH listeners have strong bonds to Food For The Poor. Kevin and Taylor have experienced several Food For The Poor pilgrimages to Jamaica, and their loyal listeners faithfully respond to their pleas for help. For more than seven years the Atlanta community and 104.7 FM The FISH have built hundreds of Food For The Poor houses and transformed eight fishing villages in Jamaica.

Proceeds from Catch a Tropical Breeze will be used to build Food For The Poor houses and a fishing village for a community in Lully, Haiti. Food For The Poor's fishing villages benefit not only the fishermen, but also their families and communities. Recipients of the fishing boats are taught deep-sea fishing and business practices that are both ecologically friendly and economically sound.

Housing has been a major priority for Food For The Poor, with more than 46,000 housing units constructed since 1982 and given to the poor. By providing simple, sturdy homes to the poorest of the poor, Food For The Poor changes the lives of entire families by giving them the security of a safe, dry place to live. For $2,600 a sturdy house can be built and provide a secure future for a destitute family.

Catch a Tropical Breeze committee members include Co-Chairmen Kim Mahfood Williams and Paul Williams, High Liner Foods, Inc.; John Bland, Amigos for Christ; Fred Deloach, Deloach Realty; Christina Jockwig, Freshëns® Quality Brands; Nick Johnson, Asia Etc.; Scott Teaque, Wachovia Bank, N.A.; and Teresa Wilson, St. Michael The Archangel Preschool. Event sponsors are the American Nicaraguan Foundation, Coca-Cola Caribbean Service Company, Ltd., The Pereira Family, and Quadriga Art.

For Atlanta sponsorship opportunities or an invitation, please call (954) 427-2222 ext. 6646. Atlanta reception information is available on Food For The Poor's Web site.

Food For The Poor, the second largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than simply feed the millions of hungry poor in 16 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Since 1982, we have provided clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and emergency relief, with more than 96% of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

Jennifer Leigh Oates
Public Relations Coordinator
(954) 427-2222 x 6054