PHOTO COURTESY SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

This May, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, which includes West Volusia in its service territory, will be hosting its first-ever Ultimate Garden Party fundraising event to support the nonprofit’s mission of ending hunger.

At the event 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, hunger advocates will Escape to Elegance during an event featuring live entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty libations.

Dapper attire is encouraged.

“Now, more than ever, we need the support of our donors to meet the need in our community,” said Carralyce Buford, Event Committee chair. “As our biggest fundraising event of the year, The Ultimate Garden Party will offer guests a fun afternoon, and more importantly, an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in support of a critical mission — fighting hunger in our community.”

The event, sponsored in part by WESH 2 News, will also feature:

• Picture Perfect Photo Booth sponsored by Orlando Health

• Orlando Magic’s Games Lounge

• Special VIP cocktails sponsored by Kroger

Second Harvest is expecting more than 400 attendees and has set a goal to raise $250,000, which equates to 1 million meals. This event replaces the nonprofit’s previous annual fundraiser, Wine, Women & Shoes.

An estimated one in seven Central Florida residents is at risk of going to bed hungry on any given night. Since March 2020, Second Harvest has increased food distribution efforts in direct response to a need for more assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about the event, including when tickets will be available to purchase, visit https://feedhopenow.ejoinme.org/ugp.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF) is a member of Feeding America — the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States.

Second Harvest is distributing enough food for a quarter of a million meals every day to the six-county service area.

SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida, including West Volusia. In the past year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank has distributed enough food for 96 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes.

In addition, Second Harvest’s 16-week culinary program teaches food-service-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults at no cost to them.

To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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