Johnny Fluitt, Judi Winch, executive director of Food Brings Hope, Sydney White, Forough Hosseini, founder and chair of Food Brings Hope, Jakyra McCloud, Sabrina Blue, and Donald Castellano at the fourth-annual Pearls of Hope Gala

Food Brings Hope raised a quarter million dollars at fourth-annual Pearls of Hope gala

The funds raised will go toward helping decrease childhood hunger and to help underprivileged kids.
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Oct. 24, 2017

Food Brings Hope raised $250,000 at its fourth-annual Pearls of Hope Gala on Oct.13 at the J.W. Henderson Welcome Center at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. 

The organization also celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Pearls of Hope gala was designed to benefit the programs and initiatives that help stop the cycle of poverty and homelessness in the lives of local students.

There were over 300 people in attendance who got the opportunity to participate in the Kids Helping Kids silent art auction, which sold art pieces created by students from Longstreet Elementary, Turie T. Small Elementary, Seabreeze High School and
DeLand High School, as well as a live auction where people bid on items like a cheesecake made by Pat Rice, editor of the Daytona Beach News Journal and a game of golf with ICI Home's Mori Hosseini and Gale Lemerand.

Food Brings Hope was first founded in 2007 by local businesswoman, Forough B. Hossein. The non-profit currently helps 1,300 out of 2,200 homeless and underprivileged children in Volusia County schools. Also, this year two schools in Flagler County will be joining the organization.