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Food For The Poor's 24th Annual Building Hope Gala

By Michael Turnbell

Michael Turnbell


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The Boca Raton Resort & Club will be the setting for the 24th annual Building Hope Gala. The evening will feature an extensive silent and live auctions, cocktail reception, dinner and dancing.

Shaggy and his wife, Rebecca Packer Burrell, will be recognized for answering the call to help children’s lives in Jamaica. Since 2009, Shaggy and Friends has donated and repaired more than 450 pieces of equipment worth more than $1.6 million to Bustamante Hospital for Children.  

The gala committee includes Dr. Geneen Graber-Maxwell and Charles Maxwell, chairs; Siobhan Carty, Katherine Cathcart, Patricia de Siqueira Castro, Elena Del Alamo, Karen Foreman, Karolina Kanner, Marlene Ross Khouri, Julie Mahfood, Ivana Montague, Rene Turner Mahfood, Dr. Marnee Schneider, Renee Stetler and Patricia Wallace.

Event sponsors include: Aetna, ARC Manufacturing Limited, Butters Construction, Dennis Charley & Associates, Crowley, InfoGroup Nonprofit Solutions, McFEE Group, One & All, Salem Media, Schmidt Family Foundation, TD Bank and Teemlink. The Boca Raton Observer is the exclusive media sponsor.

For additional information on the Building Hope Gala, sponsorship opportunities and tickets, available at $400 per person, please contact event managers Marni Wyman or Shanny Tozzi at 954-427-2222 ext. 6854 or by email at

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily 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. For more information, please visit