ATLANTA -- Hundreds of Atlanta-area residents attended Food For The Poor's 6th annual Caribbean-themed Dreams Across The Sea Gala, presented by W Atlanta-Midtown on Saturday, Sept. 28.
11Alive's Brenda Wood served as the gala's master of ceremonies, which was devoted to benefiting the critical importance of raising money to update the water and sanitation systems at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The hospital has to truck in clean water for the doctors and patients, and in some parts of the hospital there is no running water at all. In a country that has lost approximately 8,300 lives to cholera since 2010, clean water is critical to minimizing the spread of infection and improving the overall healthcare at the hospital.
Food For The Poor also supplies Bernard Mevs Hospital with high-tech diagnostic equipment, hospital beds, and pharmaceuticals. The hospital's top surgeons, Dr. Jerry Bitar and Dr. Marlon Bitar, have committed their lives to serving the poor.
"They are doing a great job," said Robin Mahfood, Food For The Poor's President/CEO, in a video that shows the hospital's needs and work.
Guests enjoyed an elegant evening of exceptional dining and live music. Bidding on silent auction prizes, such as electronics, jewelry, luxury vacations, golf outings and dining packages, offered another opportunity for guests to support the cause.
Afterward, the guests participated in a water rally to raise money for the project to provide clean water for some of the hospital's youngest and most vulnerable patients.
For more information and in order to make a donation, please telephone 888-404-4248 or visit http://www.FoodForThePoor.org/Atlanta/.