More than 150 guests attended a private fundraiser thrown by Dr. Daniel and Marlena Husted in support of House of Hope’s nutrition garden programs at their grand waterfront home Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. A clarinet foursome musically set the mood as the crowd gathered within the Husted’s extensive fountain-centered garden while they sipped libations from the Tito’s Vodka Martini bar. The weather was perfect, the venue exquisite, and the attendees were dressed to thrill.
Dr. Daniel Husted, a prominent orthopaedic surgeon based in Stuart, and his wife Marlena, appealed to their extensive connections within the medical community aiming to raise support for House of Hope’s rapidly growing nutrition initiatives. The program focuses on improving the community’s health via nutrition education, cooking and gardening skills, along with enhanced access to fresh produce via the agency’s four Client Choice pantries. Martin County has high levels of childhood obesity -- more than 30% -- and in certain economically challenged communities, that number is a high as 60%. With these same communities struggling with higher-than-normal rates for adult diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses, growing support from the local medical community provided a logical strategy.
House of Hope and 200 smiling guests celebrated the 19th Annual Hearts for Hope Luncheon Jan. 25 at Piper’s Landing Yacht and Country Club. The event’s new theme emphasized “Our Bountiful Community.” In the spirit of House of Hope’s flourishing nutrition gardens and health initiatives, the agency included several community minded growers and artisans as part of an organic green market to help showcase the variety of healthy resources in Martin County. The exclusive green market offered a variety of locally grown organic produce, fermented foods, hand crafted soaps and nutritious fruit spreads. Ground Floor Farm demonstrated how to create kimchi and Hani Honey took guests up close and personal with a working bee hive used to produce their popular local honey. Fresh produce from House of Hope’s aeroponic greenhouse and production garden was also featured.
Fictitious identities were assigned to 75 participants for the first ever Dare to Care Poverty Simulation held Jan. 17 at the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College. Notables from local government, law enforcement, education institutions, media, nonprofits and faith-based organizations played roles ranging from 7 year old impoverished children to 89 year old retirees struggling to make ends meet. Several private citizens and partner agency representatives added to the diverse group ensuring a wide variety of backgrounds and perceptions being brought to the table. The objective was to provide a unique learning experience for changing perceptions, inspiring empathy, and facilitating solution based thinking regarding local poverty issues.
Check back for information about our next Dare to Care: Poverty Simulation being hosted in April 2018.
We are now accepting sign-ups for gleaning volunteer opportunities! Gleaning is harvesting fresh produce remaining at the farm after a field has been professionally picked. This produce is often smaller or larger than what supermarkets consider “shelf-worthy” but it is still just as nutritious! Once harvested, the produce is distributed to our pantries instead of being plowed back into the soil. Volunteer today to help us keep nutritious fruits and vegetables available for our pantry clients.
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