From left to right: Judy Matthews, Robin Remington, Donna Forcella, Susan Ash, Lorraine Popky, Debra Gaudreau, Catrina Genero, Pam Graham, Margie Barr, Suki Blustein and Leslie White.

PALM CITY – House of Hope’s largest fundraiser celebrated its 20th year January 31, 2019, at Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club in Palm City. The sold-out event featured a gourmet lunch, complimentary mimosas, unique raffle baskets, pop-up House of Hope thrift boutique, and the Growing Hope farm stand.

House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri’s presentation took guests on a milestone-studded journey from the agency’s humble beginnings to current day accomplishments including several upcoming developments for House of Hope’s nutrition initiatives and vocational training offerings. The crowd applauded recent successes including the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment’s first year of operation, the first harvest of the East Stuart Community Garden, and phase two of construction beginning at the Agricultural & Vocational Production Farm in Palm City.

A cornerstone of the Hearts for Hope Luncheon, the coveted Diamonds by Terry Special Drawing delighted guests and inspired many contributions in hopes of winning the gorgeous custom-designed pendant. This year’s generously donated treasure valued at $3,850 featured a heart-shaped wreath of yellow sapphires and purple accents surrounding a brilliant round 1/4ct diamond.

The Pedersen Family Foundation returned as Grand Benefactor and was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their many years of substantial support. Additional sponsors included Lorraine and Andrew Popky, HBKS Wealth Advisors, Johnson Honda of Stuart, Straticon Construction, Jim and Elaine Matts, The Firefly Group, Molly Maid of the Treasure Coast, Martin Health Systems, Deborah Lovequist, Mike and Marie Elms, Bolder BARRE & Fitness and the Wolcott Family Foundation, Mark and Dina Roosth, and Diamonds by Terry.

Photo galleries of the event may be found on House of Hope’s Facebook page. For more information about the 20th Anniversary Hearts for Hope Luncheon, visit www.hohmartin.org/hearts.

About House of Hope
Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of over 5,500 people per month with services that include basic needs – food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance – and long-term case management which helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. Several nutrition gardens and the newly constructed Agricultural and Vocational Production Farm provide a sustainable source of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offers free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.

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