Food For The Poor’s 21st Annual Building Hope Gala

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 9, 2015) – Entering the door to a beautiful secret garden, guests will help build homes and provide hope for Haiti at Food For The Poor’s 21st Annual Building Hope Gala on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, Fla. 33432.

Attendees will be invited to create a legacy of compassion by pledging to build 50 critically needed houses in Source Sable, Haiti. The area is in Ganthier on a flat dirt plain, where residents live in disintegrating mud huts that offer no protection from the elements.

“These huts are not fit for God’s children. Our goal is to get these families into homes that protect them, give them hope for the future, and allow them to improve other areas of their lives,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood. “Right now, they are barely surviving. They are our neighbors, and our hearts break for them. Let us build them their own beautiful garden.”

Since the charity was started in 1982, Food For The Poor has built more than 100,000 housing units for people desperately in need of safe shelter. A gift of $3,200 will move a destitute family from their dirt-floor makeshift shack in Source Sable into a permanent home.

Tony Pestritto, a longtime Food For The Poor donor committed to investing in Haiti’s future, will be recognized as the 2016 Lifetime of Giving Honoree. Pestritto recognizes he is alive by the grace of God and feels compelled to give back to others. “I could have died many times during my life,” said Pestritto, 88, a resident of Sea Isle, New Jersey, and Boca Raton. “Life is finite – you never know.”

At the event, attendees will be able to bid on additional silent auction prizes, such as electronics, jewelry, vacations, golf and dining packages.

J.R. Dunn Jewelers is the gala Raffle Sponsor, offering $100 chances for a $5,000 shopping spree at the store at 4210 North Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point. The J.R. Dunn family will host a pre-event reception at the store on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For additional information regarding the Building Hope Gala, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets, available at $300 per person, please call 888-404-4248 or visit

Committee members include Elena Del Alamo, Matthew Bryant, Mileyka Burgos, Michelle Goldsmith, Kim Hylton, Wilnar Julmiste, Marlene Khouri, Ann Mahfood, Julie Mahfood, Rene Mahfood, Nathalie Parchment, Courtney Robinson, Kara Seelye, Renee Stetler.

Gala sponsors include J.R. Dunn Jewelers, Dennis Charley and Associates, and The Boca Raton Observer.

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry 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 andthe 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

Kathy Skipper

Director of Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6614