Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber Honors Food For The Poor

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (April 8, 2011) – The Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber will honor the work of the international relief and development organization Food For The Poor on May 14, when the chamber has its second annual gala to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Doral Overseas visit Food for the Poor

Members of the Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber visit Food For The Poor.

Food For The Poor has had a long and fruitful partnership with the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), resulting in numerous projects in several of the countries served by Food For The Poor. For three years, Taiwan worked through Food For The Poor to send 40 containers of rice each month to Haiti. Then, immediately after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, Taiwan again stepped up to help with a donation of more than 400 tons of rice. The two organizations also have partnered on computer, agriculture and aquaculture projects, providing long-term solutions to hunger, not only in Haiti, but in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.

"We’re blessed to have the support of the Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber and the Taiwan ICDF, two organizations that care about the poor," said Robin Mahfood , President/CEO of Food For The Poor. "Together, we can make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who have nothing. We are honored to be recognized by them on this very important occasion."

George Yap, CEO of LEASA Industries Co, Inc. also will be honored at the dinner and awards ceremony. Yap, a Jamaican Chinese, is active in South Florida Jamaican and Asian communities and is a champion of the poor.

The event will be at 6:30 p.m. on May 14 at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral, FL 33178. Guests will enjoy dinner and special dance performances, in addition to the awards ceremony.

"We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Food For The Poor, and hope to do our part in raising money for our neighbors in Haiti. After learning about how Food For The Poor helped Haitians build new homes, our chamber donated enough money to build one home for a Haitian family,” said Charles Cheng, CEO of the chamber. “I hope we will be able to raise more money on May 14 so Food For The Poor may build many more homes in Haiti and help transform the lives of many more people in Haiti."

For more information about how to purchase tickets for the event, contact the Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber:

Charles Cheng, CEO

Pedro Cheng, VP

Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development organization in the United States, does much more than feed millions of the 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. For more information, please visit

Kathy Skipper
Food For The Poor
Director of Public Relations
954.427.2222, ext. 6614