Food For The Poor's 11th Annual Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala Renovates and Expands School in Rural Jamaica

(L to R): Gala Co-Chair Arlette Gordon, National Honorary Chair Donald Trump and Gala Co-Chair Elizabeth Bowden.
Photo credit: Alicia Donelan).
(L to R) Gala Co-Chair Arlette Gordon, National Honorary Chair Donald Trump and Gala Co-Chair Elizabeth Bowden. Photo credit: Alicia Donelan.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2014) – Children living in rural Jamaica will get a new school thanks to the generous supporters of Food For The Poor’s11th annual Fine Wines and Hidden Treasures charity gala held Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

More than 150 guests, including National Honorary Chairman Donald Trump, enjoyed a wine-tasting reception, a 4-course dinner with wine pairing, music, a silent auction, and a live auction featuring a variety of art, jewelry, and musical instruments.

With gala proceeds, Food For The Poor will renovate and expand a school for children living in one of Jamaica’s poorest communities. The updated facility will offer young students spacious classrooms, nutritious meals, equipment for sports and music programs, and a modern sanitation system—all to ensure an environment that fosters learning and achievement.

Funds from last year’s charity gala also delivered much-needed renovations and building expansion to Jamaica’s Bluefields Health Centre, where 25,000 residents currently receive medical care. The project was named in memory of former Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures gala chairman Robert G. Gordon.

“I cannot thank our donors enough for making this year’s Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures gala a success,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “Their tireless commitment and contributions will transform the lives of many young boys and girls living in Jamaica who would not otherwise have the same opportunities for a quality education.”

Gala co-chairs Arlette Gordon and Elizabeth Bowden were recognized at the event in appreciation of their leadership and dedication to FFP. In the weeks leading up to the gala, the two ladies along with committee members hosted a pre-gala soiree at Daniella Ortiz, a Worth Avenue store. An ample assortment of designer, one-of-a-kind items were available for purchase, with a percentage of sales benefiting FFP.
Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures 2014 committee members include Arthur Benjamin, Michael Dixon, Emilio Guerra, Jan Malley, Brownie McLean, Faith Morford, Carol Weltz, and Gail Worth.

Benefactors include Veronica Atkins, Helen Bernstein, Helen Bernstein-Fealy, Elizabeth Bowden, Arlette Gordon, Lorrain and Malcolm Hall, Helene and Stanley Karp, The Kessler Family Charitable Fund, Charlotte Kimelman, Tova Leidesdorf, Jan and Chip Malley, Herme de Wyman Miro, Janet and Robert Nakushian, Patrick Park, and Ari Rifkin. Sponsors include American Nicaraguan Foundation, Russ Reid Company, Palm Beach Society Magazine, and UBS.

For more information on Food For The Poor’s projects and donor opportunities, visit

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 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit

Pascious Prince

Food For The Poor
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