House of Hope recognizes exceptional individuals and partners at the 2017 Hope Awards
The annual Hope Awards featured a delightful breakfast at the Mariner Sands Country Club on the morning of Sept. 20. Community partners, businesses and private individuals gathered to be honored by House of Hope for their ongoing and meaningful contributions of time, expertise and other resources.
Following the invocation by LC Campbell, Jr., House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri emceed the ceremony and updated the room about the agency’s recent achievements and upcoming efforts. He announced the opening of the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment, team building volunteer opportunities in the Nutrition Center and new production garden locations about to sprout up across the county.
The 19 awards presented this year recognized the philanthropy and community engagement demonstrated by local businesses, organizations, partner agencies and individuals. The recipients included: United Way of Martin County’s Leaders United, Bill and Gillian Boice, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Temple Beit HaYam, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Barrett Jones, Junior League of Martin County, Ground Floor Farms, Wawa, Palm City Auction, Emigdio Ramirez Perez; Anthony, Heather and Caiden Olivieri; AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #14, Pat Bonis, Buttonwood Tennis Club, Sue Whittington, Claire Raley ~ Bank United, Jason and Mirka Stocks and R.V. Johnson Insurance.
House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri beams, “It is our privilege and pleasure to honor our collaborative partners. We are grateful for all that they do every day to help us empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.” Ranieri acknowledged each recipient’s relationship to House of Hope and the resulting impact of their involvement before inviting them onto the stage to accept their award. These important partnerships range from assisting with client services such as organizing food, school and holiday drives, to supplying much-needed equipment and resources in the thrift stores, Client Choice pantries, nutrition gardens, clean room and Golden Gate Center for Enrichment.
The awards featured local photographer, Sunny Walker’s “Hope and the Changing Tides,” which has become the iconic Image of Hope for the annual Hope Awards.
House of Hope would like to extend their appreciation to the generous sponsors of the event: Molly Maid of the Treasure Coast, HBKS Wealth Advisors, The Pedersen Family Foundation, The Firefly Group and Harbor Community Bank.