Food For The Poor's Boca Raton Gala to Build 'Dreams Across the Sea"

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2010) –South Florida residents are invited to attend Food For The Poor’s Boca Raton Gala Dreams Across the Sea at the Boca West Country Club on Saturday, Feb. 5. Proceeds will be used to meet the dire housing needs of developing countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Rene Mahfood and Cathy Moabery

“Abdol and I are honored to support the international humanitarian efforts of Food For The Poor,” said Cathy Moabery, event co-chairperson. “We are excited to chair this annual event, an evening of building hope and dreams across the sea.”

Master of ceremonies for Dreams Across the Sea is Emmy Award-winning newscaster Calvin Hughes. Hughes co-anchors ABC Local 10’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news with Laurie Jennings. Immediately following the Jan. 12 earthquake, Hughes traveled to Haiti to report how nonprofits such as Food For The Poor were striving to improve lives and living conditions throughout the country.

“Less than an hour and a half plane ride from South Florida, there are Third World countries with unimaginable levels of destitution,” said Rene Mahfood, event co-chairperson. “We are blessed to live in the United States, where we have opportunities and the necessary resources to help those who have literally nothing.”

Dreams Across the Sea will feature an elegant cocktail reception, live music, an exclusive silent auction, house rally, dancing, and a memorable dinner with friends. Bidding on silent auction prizes offers opportunities for guests to donate to the cause at the same time. Prizes include exclusive art and collectibles from the Caribbean and Latin America, designer jewelry, vacations, golf and dining packages.

During the charity’s 16th annual Boca Raton gala live house rally guests are given the opportunity to donate funds to build much-needed permanent housing for destitute families. By providing simple, sturdy homes, the nonprofit can change the lives of entire families by giving them the security of a safe place to live.

  Calvin Hughes, Grace Bonina, Robin   Mahfood, Lynne Nasrallah, & David Price

Food For The Poor will honor South Florida residents whose generosity and dedication to the organization have been inspirational. Food For The Poor’s 2011 Ambassadors for the Poor honorees include Altadis USA Inc. (Monte Cristo Relief Org.), Broetje Orchards, GOYA Foods of Florida, Lawrence Hambach, Hospital Corp of America, Alfredo & Theresa Pellas, Publix Super Markets Inc., Royal Caribbean International, TD Bank N.A., and Whole Foods Markets.

The event co-chairpersons are Cathy and Abdol Moabery, and Rene and Francis Mahfood. Committee members include Rhonda Gluck, Julie Mahfood, Pamela Matsil, Natasha Singh, Patricia Wallace and Traci Wilson.

Event sponsors include Aljoma Lumber, American Nicaraguan Foundation, Bernuth Agencies, Inc., Dennis Charley & Associates, Inc., Dusco Doors, Haiti Shipping Lines, Japs-Olson, MSP, The Pereira Family, Quadriga Art, Inc., SEACOR Holdings Inc., Seaboard Marine Ltd., the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami (Taiwan) and TD Bank, N.A.

For additional information regarding the Dreams Across the Sea event and tickets, available at $225 per person, please call Kathy Leggatt at (954) 427-2222 x 6646, or visit the Web site,

Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

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Jennifer Leigh Oates
Public Relations
954-427-2222, ext. 6054