COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 6) – Jenna Wolfe, co-anchor of Weekend TODAY, will serve as master of ceremonies for Food For The Poor’s Palm Beach Gala, Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach.
Wolfe’s participation is especially meaningful because she was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and proceeds from the gala will fund the expansion and renovation of Bluefields Health Centre. On a daily basis, the staff of the Jamaican health care facility struggles to provide adequate treatment to their patients, including pregnant mothers and sick children.
“I would love to help out, especially since it's a cause near and dear to my heart,” said Wolfe. During an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Wolfe expressed her affection for the Caribbean nation and its sports teams with this statement, “When it comes to track and field in the Olympics, I bleed black, green and gold,” which are the colors of the Jamaican flag.
The annual event is chaired by distinguished Palm Beach philanthropists Patrick Park (Grand Honorary Chair), Arlette Gordon and Elizabeth Bowden (Honorary Chairs), Herme de Wyman Miro (International Chair), Mary Frances Turner (Ladies’ Committee Chair) and Russell Sherrill (Gentlemen’s Committee Chair). Additional committee members include Franklyn de Marco, Michael Dixon, Henry and Mary Virginia Fong, Emilio Guerra, Karen Mason, and Brownie McLean.
The Palm Beach community has worked to transform Gordon’s Village in Bluefields, Jamaica, since 2007 by establishing a self-sustainable fishing village in the community. The project, named in honor of Robert G. Gordon, replaced dilapidated shacks with more than 125 safe, permanent houses, constructed a school for 80 children, built a fish processing facility, and provided residents with access to water and sanitation.
“I encourage members of the Palm Beach community to attend Food For The Poor’s Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala at The Mar-a-Lago Club,” said Park. “The memorable evening with friends will remind us of our many blessings and inspire us to help the underprivileged in the Caribbean who are in desperate need of assistance.”
In addition to Food For The Poor’s international mission, the organization also supports nonprofits that serve South Florida’s neediest.
The Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala opens with a superb wine tasting reception of selected wines sponsored by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. Unique wine selections, jewelry and exotic escapes to such places as Hong Kong are among the varied prizes in the silent and live auctions. The evening culminates with a 4-course gourmet dinner and wine pairing.
For additional information regarding the Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures event, tickets, sponsorship and benefactor levels, please call 1-888-404-4248 or visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/palmbeach.
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 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 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.
For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.