Publix Charities is Big Heart Sponsor

Publix Charities becomes Big Heart Sponsor with $5,000 donation

The Hearts for Hope Luncheon serves as House of Hope’s largest fundraiser each year. On Feb. 2, the agency hosted its 18th Annual luncheon with a new theme ­­­— better nutrition for the community. With the event highlighting House of Hope’s recently planted nutrition gardens, the emphasis on growing fresh produce made Publix Charities a very fitting Big Heart Sponsor.

House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri shared information with guests about how House of Hope is teaching local residents and youth about gardening, nutrition, preparing healthy meals and agricultural career opportunities available in the area. The garden will help supply House of Hope’s four Client Choice pantries with fresh produce enrolled clients. Publix Charities’ sponsorship helped the event to raise funds and awareness of the need to inspire healthier eating habits in local households.

“Publix Charities is proud to sponsor House of Hope’s 18th Annual Hearts of Hope luncheon.  Their mission to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship goes hand-in-hand with our mission to endeavor to meet the needs of the people in our community.  We are delighted to be able to help House of Hope in their important work,” said Kelly Williams-Puccio, Executive Director of Publix Super Markets Charities.

The sold out luncheon was a smashing success. Along with Publix Charities, the presenting sponsor was the Pedersen Family Foundation and additional sponsors included HBKS Wealth Advisors, The Firefly Group, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, The C.O.R.E. Program, Jim & Elaine Matts, and Deborah Lovequist.

Guests delighted in complimentary mimosas, delicious food, raffle baskets, House of Hope “pop-up” thrift boutique, and a special drawing for a Diamond’s by Terry custom pendant.  Centerpieces of potted herbs and vegetables will be repurposed and planted in House of Hope’s nutrition gardens.

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To get involved with House of Hope’s nutrition gardens contact Laura Lyman, agricultural coordinator, at (772) 286 – 4673 x 1018 or email