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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jun. 24, 2019 1 year ago

Bank of America donates $15,000 to Food Brings Hope

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Food Brings Hope's Feed-A-Family program received a monetary boost thanks to a $15,000 donation from Bank of America.

The donation was made possible through Bank of America's Charitable Foundation Grant, according to a press release, and will also help with the VCan2020 campaign aiming to end childhood hunger and homelessness in Volusia County by 2020. The Feed-A-Family program provides families with 40-pound food bags in partnership with Halifax Urban Ministries. 

The check was presented to FBH Founder and Chair Forough B. Hosseini and Executive Director Judi Winch by Bank of America's East Central Florida Market President Cindy Politis and Senior Vice President and Market Manager Karen Jacobs. To learn more about VCan2020 and the Feed-A-Family program, visit

Ormond Beach residents awarded for donation

Family Renew Community recently presented Ormond Beach residents Dr. W.K. and Linda McGrane with a Big Bang award for their efforts in expanding support for local programs fighting family homelessness. 

Dr. W.K. and Linda McGrane with Family Renew Board of Trustees President Remie Beaulieu. Courtesy photo

The Big Bang award recognized their $10,000 gift, which inspired others to match it by more than one-and-half times, according to a press release. The contributions will fund Family Renew Community's 30th-anniversary awareness campaign, Restoring Hope to Homeless Families Since 1989. The multimedia campaign will launch July 1.

Other major sponsors included Ormond Beach residents John and Kathleen Vivian, and Overhead Door Co. of Daytona Beach. Family Renew offers housing and help for homeless families with children in 32 apartments located in Holly Hill, Daytona Beach and DeLand. It also provides homelessness prevention assistance to families in Volusia and Flagler County. Visit

Rotary helps fight against opioids

The Rotary Club of Downtown Ormond Beach presented Lisa Huser, owner and director of Addiction Treatment Advocates Inc., with a $300 check after Huser spoke to the club about efforts to fight opioid abuse.

Becky Parker presents check to Lisa Huser. Courtesy photo

Addiction Treatment Advocates was founded by two nurses certified in addiction medicine who, through their work experience, identified the necessity for alternative treatment built around the needs of the individual, according to a press release. The firm provides in-home detoxification and addiction medication management services, combined with education intervention and prevention services. 


DAR to convene in U.S. capital

More than 3,500 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution will convene in Washington D.C. for the 128th Continental Congress, the latest gathering of the service organization's annual meeting, according to a press release by the Capt. James Ormond chapter.

In attendance will be Nancy Roddy and her daughter Christine Roddy. They are looking forward to a tour of the DAR Library and the grand opening night ceremony. To learn more about the DAR, visit

VVA award program recipients

Eight people were recognized as the 2019 Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 Presidential Volunteer Service Award Program recipients, according to a press release.

First Vice President Bob Adkins, Treasurer Rick Minor, President Rod Phillips, Director Bob Bendlin Director Jim Drake and George Reagan. Photo courtesy of Janice Mashnouk Nixon

The recipients were:

  • First Vice President Bob Adkins
  • Treasurer Rick Minor
  • President Rod Phillips
  • Director Bob Bendlin
  • Director Jim Drake
  • George Reagan
  • Diana Schaack
  • Terry Schaack

Ormond Beach Masons donate food 

The Ormond Beach Masonic Lodge #326 donated a cart-full of food collected at the Lodge to Halifax Urban Ministries on June 23. To learn more about the Lodge, visit

Master of Ormond Beach Masonic Lodge #326 Paul Foege donates food collected at the Lodge for Halifax Urban Ministries on June 23. Courtesy photo


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