Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber Pledges Donations from Gala to Help Rebuild Haiti

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (May 4, 2012) — For the second year in a row, the Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber has chosen Food For The Poor as the recipient of silent auction proceeds at its Imperial Banquet at the Intercontinental Hotel at Doral on May 20.

The invitation-only gala is in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May. The chamber has invited the award-winning Taiwanese Chef Liu, who has represented the nation at several cooking demonstrations in Europe, to present an eight-course dinner based on the unique cuisine of Taiwan.

FFP President/CEO Robin Mahfood explains to international visitors how goods are acquired and shipped from the charity’s warehouse and headquarters.

“In good times, we always remember those less fortunate than us,” said Pedro Cheng, Vice President of the Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber. Food For The Poor is celebrating its 30th year of service to the truly destitute.

In recognizing Food For The Poor’s President/CEO Robin Mahfood at last year’s event, Cheng said, “Mr. Robin, you are my hero. You defend the weak and the poor. You give them food when they are hungry, you give them drink when they are thirsty and you clothe them when they are naked; and you visit them when they are sick.”

Food For The Poor and the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) have partnered since 2005 to collaborate on joint initiatives in six countries, including Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and El Salvador. These projects include the in-country production of food through agriculture, farm-raised fish and livestock breeding – self-sustainable initiatives that teach people how to earn a living. The two organizations also have partnered to provide computers to children, enhancing their education.

“At Food For The Poor we believe that every human being deserves the simple dignity of having sufficient food, clean water, adequate shelter, an education, medical attention and the opportunity to become self-sufficient,” Mahfood said. “We will be forever grateful for the help the people of Taiwan offered the poor with their gifts of rice during some of the very worst times, including after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.”

The money donated from last year’s dinner was used to support Food For The Poor projects in Haiti. For more information about the event, email

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry 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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Kathy Skipper
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
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