Fish4Hope Cocktail Reception to Fund Aquaculture in Haiti
Proceeds from the 2014 Celebration of Hope cocktail reception will be used to support Fish4Hope’s second aquaculture project in partnership with Food For The Poor in Haiti.
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2014) – Fish4Hope, in collaboration with Food For The Poor, will host its first Celebration of Hope cocktail reception on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia, 22201.
The cocktail reception will feature an open bar, with a DJ and live music. Hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chefs at The Green Spoon will be served. The award-winning restaurant is known for its commitment to using local sustainable food sources. The event also will premiere Christopher Gabello Photography’s Fish4Hope short film, and offer exclusive photography of Haiti from Studio Saldana in its silent auction.
For additional information regarding Celebration of Hope, tickets, and advocacy levels, please call 888-404-4248. Proceeds from the 2014 Celebration of Hope cocktail reception will be used to support Fish4Hope’s second aquaculture project in partnership with Food For The Poor in Haiti.
Vin Lam and Tu Le first became involved with Food For The Poor when they traveled to Haiti on a mission trip in February 2012.
“When we first went to Haiti we thought that we would be the ones ministering to others, but we were so wrong,” said Le, Co-Founder of Fish4Hope. “The people of Haiti opened our eyes up to so much; we learned tremendously about love, gratitude, and happiness from them. We were humbled.
“When we returned, we wanted to find a way to express our gratitude for what we had learned from our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” said Le.
In 2013, Fish4Hope became a reality. The new organization’s first project was to raise money to build an aquaculture project, along with safe, permanent Food For The Poor homes for destitute families in Perest, Haiti.
Lam and Le returned to Haiti in February 2013, to dedicate the Food For The Poor village that consists of four aquaculture ponds and homes for 15 families. Wearing bright turquoise Fish4Hope T-shirts that read “Take action, serve, and inspire,” the group walked into the village of Perest, as enthusiastic residents clapped and chanted songs of gratitude.
“We hope that these houses and these ponds will help build your future for a better life,” said Vin Lam, Co-Founder of Fish4Hope, during the village inauguration ceremony. “So, together, let us Fish4Hope.”
Lam and Le were inspired to build the Food For The Poor village by the adage: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
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 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
Jennifer Leigh Oates
Food For The Poor
Public Relations Associate
954-427-2222 x 6054