‘An Evening in the Tropics’ Aug. 25 benefits Food For The Poor

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The Hope for Haitians Committee in Rockford, in partnership with Food For The Poor, will present the 11th Annual “An Evening in the Tropics” Gala Saturday, Aug. 25, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford.

Proceeds from the event will be used to complete the construction of a self-sustaining village in Terrier Rouge, Haiti.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling (815) 847-0656 or online at www.hopeforhaitians.org.

Cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

An Evening in the Tropics” is a festive evening that will include a cocktail reception, a unique silent auction, steel drummer serenade and a three-course dinner.

Bidding on silent auction prizes such as original art and collectibles from the Caribbean and Latin America, designer jewelry, destination travel opportunities, dining packages and all-inclusive sports packages, offer opportunities for guests to shop and donate to the cause.

David J. Malloy, Bishop of Rockford, will deliver the invocation. Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor, will be the keynote speaker.

Master of ceremonies for the event is Mike Robinson. Robinson directs marketing and communications operations at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

Hope for Haitians founding trustees Tom Lorden, Pat Bachrodt and Peter Roche have traveled to Haiti and met the people who live in thatched homes built on rotting trash in the muddy swamp. These families and their children are forced to share meager meals and have no access to safe, clean drinking water.

Since 2001, Hope for Haitians has built four villages, provided clean water sources for more than 270,000 people, built 350 homes for families formerly living in swamps, provided educational programs, medical assistance, and sustainable agricultural resources such as tilapia ponds, livestock and reforestation.

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 agency 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.

For more information, visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Posted Aug. 22, 2012

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