On Monday, Sept. 25, the Banner Lake Club was filled with over 100 local residents enjoying a community dinner to celebrate Family Day. The third annual Family Day Dinner at Banner Lake was a collaborative effort between House of Hope, The Banner Lake Club, and Treasure Coast Food Bank. A national initiative, Family Day was created to promote parental engagement with children and teens in an effort to discourage substance abuse. The movement encourages frequent family dinners as the setting for strengthening bonds within the household.
According to House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri, “House of Hope’s partnership with the Banner Lake Club is focused on strengthening our community. A great way to accomplish that is to help strengthen families, which is the essence of Family Day. It is a fun and effective way to share that message.”
Attendees included a mix of local residents and Banner Lake Club members. Banner Lake Community kitchen volunteers Valder Gibson, Sheilla Harris, and Angele Williams prepared an impressive southern feast. Delighted guests enjoyed homemade chicken, ham, collard greens, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and pies prepared from food donated by House of Hope and the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
Families enjoyed dinner and a show with dancing by the B.L.A.S.T Dancers as well as poetry readings and solo singing performances. Once again a successful event, the community and family spirit was especially evident when everyone in the room joined hands and sang along to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.