Paradise Found, a Celebration of Florida’s Treasures to Benefit Florida’s Future
Place of Hope launches two new cattleman style dinners to raise money for foster children and human trafficking victims
Florida is filled with sun, miles of sandy beaches and endless turquoise waters. The state is known for its citrus, wildlife and for icons like the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World. Though one of Florida’s most precious treasures does not make the top of the list. The future generation, its children.
One of the nation’s largest ranches has teamed up with South Florida’s largest children’s organization to throw a dinner under the stars to benefit children and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness and human trafficking. On December 6, 2019, Adam’s Ranch in Ft. Pierce will be home to Place of Hope’s newest signature event, “Paradise Found: A Dinner Celebrating Florida’s Treasures.”
The 12th largest working cattle ranch in the United States, the Adam’s Ranch was founded in the early 1930’s. Five generations of the Adam’s family owns 40,000 acres throughout Florida and Georgia. The ranch is known for its preservation and sustainability as well as its hybrid bull-cow breed, the Braford, bred to withstand the tropical climate of south Florida. Adam’s Ranch is, “the premier working cattle ranch…a ranch that is an oasis of wildlife. A total ecosystem” - Alto “Bud” Adams.
“Remembering heritage is an important mission,” says Willie Johns, Outreach Coordinator for the Brighton Reservation. “After all, there are few better ways to celebrate heritage than by assuring a legacy for generations to come.”
“The ranch is so rich in old Florida history, who would not want to come out and experience a true farm-to-table dinner on a ranch? The unique St. Lucie County venue will attract residents from the surrounding Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties where Place of Hope is currently serving foster children and families, as well as victims of human trafficking. This event will be both a friend and fund raiser and certainly a great time! The menu will feature locally sourced produced from area farmers and of course, Braford beef. Guests can expect live entertainment, dancing, a live auction and a signature raffle,” explains Jamie Bond, Business Development and Community Relations for Place of Hope.
Palm Beach County goers will have an opportunity of their own on October 18, 2019 at BMR Stables in west Jupiter. The property was remote and mostly under water when, Place of Hope’s Board Member, John Christiansen, had a vision of what a beautiful place it could become. Years of hard work and attention to detail have made his vision a reality. Now the picturesque venue of 40 acres exudes Southern charm and includes moss draped oak trees, planted by Christensen himself, a natural cypress swamp, a beautiful lake and acres of lush green grass. Peninsula Dinner: Celebrating Florida’s Forgotten Treasures, is similar in concept. This jeans and jewels, dining al fresco event is sure to please all while raising much needed funds to care for the 365 children, youth and families in Place of Hope’s daily care. Guests for both events can expect live entertainment, a live auction, bid from the heart opportunities and more!
“The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow” - Nelson Mandela.
Ranked #1 in the state of Florida, Place of Hope is a unique and comprehensive state-licensed children’s organization providing family-style foster care (emergency and long-term); family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services for youth aging out of foster care; housing and support services for homeless families; foster care recruitment and support; hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region.
INVISIBLE: A FIGHT TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Watch the Trailer https://www.placeofhope.com/invisible/