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Food for the Poor hosts Buckhead gala for clean water in Haiti
by Caroline Young
cyoung@neighbornewspapers.com
September 19, 2012 10:17 AM | 3581 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Unclean water is a primary cause of illness and death among children in Third-World countries.

Organizers of Food for the Poor’s Atlanta chapter’s fifth annual gala, Dreams Across the Sea, Sept. 29 at the W Atlanta Buckhead hotel, hope to stop it.

“We are dedicated to helping one child, one family and one village at a time, wherever there is a desperate need,” said event co-chair Garvin Stewart, an Alpharetta resident.

He said the organization is committed to “breaking the cycle of generational poverty that plagues our neighbors to the south.”

This year, the focus is on Haiti.

“We are raising funds for the children of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere,” Stewart said. “Our goal is to provide a water well and purification unit, along with a storage tank and water faucets for five schools.”

Based in Coconut Creek, Fla., Food for the Poor also will provide to 1,000 children education about personal hygiene practices and harvesting and storing water.

Event co-chair Jason Regis, of Marietta, said 96 percent of the gala proceeds go directly into the communities of 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, and 4 percent funds operational costs and management of other Food for the Poor events around the country.

Last year, the focus was schools and housing in Jamaica.

“Basically, we go back to the drawing board at the main office in Florida, and say, ‘These are the countries that have the most [needs] at the present time,’” said Regis said, adding he expects more than 200 people to attend this year’s gala.

Stewart said, “We are looking forward to an exciting evening of elegance, fun and philanthropy that will raise funds for a clean water project.”

Gala guests can enjoy music from a Haitian jazz trio, a Haitian dance group and a DJ after dinner, as well as a silent auction featuring sports, dining and vacation packages and Caribbean and Latin American art.

“From the onset, our goal was to maximize our fundraising efforts and to surpass the project objectives that were set,” Stewart said. “More importantly, we envision the smiles on the faces of the children at the five schools in Haiti after we provide them with access to clean water and sanitation.”

If you go:

o What: Dreams Across the Sea Gala

o When: Sept. 29, cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:30 and dinner at 8 p.m.

o Where: W Atlanta Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road, Buckhead

o Tickets: $125

o Information: Kathy@FoodForThePoor.com
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