Mission Possible: Duchess Luncheon Empowers Women in El Salvador: Author Richard René Silvin is Guest Speaker

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 6, 2019)  Friends of Food For The Poor can help empower women in El Salvador at the charity's first Mission Possible Luncheon at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach.

Guests will enjoy a talk by Richard René Silvin, author and Palm Beach historian.

The luncheon will begin with a champagne reception poolside at The Colony with entertainment by jazz musician Sherrine Mostin. Guests also will be able to bid on unique items such as art, jewelry and travel packages at a silent auction during social hour.

Proceeds will help Food For The Poor build a daycare center and a playing field for teens at the Sirama Training Center in Prussia, El Salvador. Both projects would give mothers the peace of mind knowing their children are safe.

Since 1996, Food For The Poor has worked in El Salvador through several partners, including New Horizons For The Poor Foundation, Fundación Salvadoreña para la Salud (Salvadorian Foundation for Health) and Caritas.

The training center in Prussia is one of two in El Salvador established with the help of the charity's generous donors.

Women at the centers learn vocational skills such as sewing, baking and cooking and how to market their products to earn an income for their families, both of which are key to breaking the cycle of poverty. As a result, their confidence builds and they become empowered in a culture that has little respect for women.

But many mothers are afraid to leave their children to attend class because the surrounding communities are unsafe due to gang activity.

"We are excited that the Mission Possible: Duchess Luncheon will increase awareness about the needs of women and girls in El Salvador. These women suffer disproportionately when they are poor and this project will help create a safe space for children while their mothers are in class," said Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma.

"One of the best ways to help the poor is to empower them to help themselves and transform their lives," Aloma said.

Tickets for the Mission Possible: Duchess Luncheon are $125.

Committee members include Chair Cheryl Whitman-Bergen, Gloria Bycher, Diane Ricca Chitwood, Ritzy Christensen, Cindy Feldman, Sabina Fernandez, Regina Keating, Diane LeBenger, Linda Marcus, Nydia Martinez, Constance Miller Gold, Susan Ricca, Marla Richter and Petrina Fisher Wells.

Sponsors include: Appleton, Beautiful Forever, Drug and Alcohol Attorneys, Radiant Aesthetic, and Ten Spring Water.

For more information, call 954-427-2222 ext. 6634 or go to www.FoodForThePoor.org/duchess.

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 poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for orphaned or abandoned children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Michael Turnbell

Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6054