An Evening Of Making Dreams Come True

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2015)  Living in abject poverty can rob a person of their ability to dream. But what if you could help others achieve success by replacing crumbling shacks and cries of suffering with a self-sustaining community brimming with hope and tears of joy?

Guests at Food For The Poor's first-ever There's No Place Like Home, Making Dreams Come True dinner will have a chance to make that happen from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at the Four Seasons Palm Beach Resort, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, Fla.

Honorary committee members are Malcolm and Lorraine Hall, Faith Morford, Robert and Janet Michel Nakushian, Sally O'Connor, Russell Sherrill, and Mary Frances Turner.

The evening will feature an evening of cocktails, fine dining, entertainment and a silent auction.

Longtime Boston radio personality Candy O'Terry, known as "Boston's Beloved Radio Voice," will perform songs from her CD Dream Come True featuring tracks recorded with the Boston Pops, Grammy nominee Jim Brickman and the legendary Livingston Taylor. The CD title was inspired by a dying girl's wish to provide comfort and relief for other children battling cancer. O'Terry was honored by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association as the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year.

This is a new event that hopes to build upon the success of the annual Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures gala held in Palm Beach. Over the past 12 years, generous supporters of the event raised money for schools, fishing villages, housing and sanitation, and the renovation and expansion of medical facilities.

A group of nine women from Palm Beach County joined Food For The Poor staff on a trip to Haiti in November to see the success of past projects and needs still waiting to be filled. A video of their memorable trip will be shown at the There's No Place Like Home, Making Dreams Come True dinner.

“This is a young vibrant group of women who want to do meaningful things for the poor and this is an opportunity to see firsthand the many different ways they can use their gifts to best serve the poorest of the poor,” said Natalie Carlisle, Vice President of Major Giving, who accompanied the group.

During the trip, the women stopped at a tiny, pieced-together shack shared by a mother and her six children, including an infant who lay asleep in the sun with flies crawling all over its face.

Kate McCoy said the trip was life-changing for her.

“It just opens your mind and allows you to look at life in a different way,” McCoy said. “This is far different than anything I’ve ever seen or witnessed. I’m just visiting, but this is their everyday reality. It’s tough to process that.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to build critically needed homes in Haiti and Jamaica.

“The poor live in very dangerous situations,” said Robin Mahfood, President and CEO of Food For The Poor. “All they need is a proper roof over their heads, a place to gather, clean water and sanitation.”

For additional information regarding the There’s No Place Like Home, Making Dreams Come True dinner, including tickets available at $500 per person, please call 888-404-4248 or visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/palmbeach.

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 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 www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Michael Turnbell

Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6054
michaelt@foodforthepoor.com