3rd Annual Father’s Day Brunch and Silent Auction to Honor Men Who Have Championed the Cause for Children
Harvest of Hope and Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., will host the 2013 Father’s Day Brunch and Silent Auction Fundraiser at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens.
SOMERSET, N.J. – Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc. will host the 3rd Annual Father’s Day Brunch and Silent Auction on Sunday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ. This event is planned to honor fathers throughout the state of New Jersey.
“Harvest of Hope is excited to have a great team of volunteers planning a very festive Father’s Day Brunch; this year’s brunch promises to be the best event yet. The team is selecting the best menu items to compliment a decorative afternoon with great entertainment; a celebration for all fathers, families and friends,” said Maureen Archibald, executive director of Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc.
Since its inception in 1996, Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc., a faith-based foster care and adoption agency founded by Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., has recruited and trained over 435 families to become licensed foster families. During the month of December last year, Harvest of Hope accomplished a significant milestone with the placement of their 1,000th child into those homes; more than 250 foster children were adopted by Harvest of Hope resource families providing a permanent solution for their need of a loving family.
The Father’s Day Brunch and Silent Action is an annual celebration and fundraiser organized by Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc., to honor all fathers. This year’s event, as in the past, will honor both men who have opened their homes and hearts for children and youth in the New Jersey Foster Care System and fathers who have continued to raise the bar in their homes and communities. The honorees include fathers, foster and adoptive parents as well as community leaders whose dedication and commitment has extended to volunteerism in their communities to provide children and youth with a stable and safe environment to grow in.
“It is important that we take the time to honor all fathers, including our resource fathers who give unconditionally to children,” said Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., founder and CEO of Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc. “We know first-hand at Harvest of Hope, all the implications of not having fathers available to children and so it is important to celebrate those who have also opened their homes and have become segregates to other children,” added Dr. Soaries.
This special event has attracted a wide range of audience and special guests who continuously participate in the annual celebration. Previous honorees include, Dr. Randal Pinkett, a foster care parent and the 2005 winner of NBC’s hit reality television show The Apprentice, who is an active leader for the Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network, a multifaceted social service organization that serves children and youth in the care of the state of Illinois in addition to other at-risk population.
This year’s honorees will feature four fathers who have made an impact in their communities and continue to champion the cause for children daily both locally and nationally.
“We are pleased to bring this event once again to the Central Jersey community. It offers a great afternoon for families to sit together and truly appreciate fathers,” affirmed Archibald.
To register for the Father’s Day Brunch and Silent Auction, please visit http://2013harvestofhopefathersdaybrunch.eventbrite.com.
For further information, please contact Stephanie Ahenkora via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Harvest of Hope, visit: www.harvestofhopefamily.com
Re: Pastoral Care Message – Franklin Memorial Park Thefts
Dear FBCLG Faith in Action Partners,
It has been brought to our attention that in addition to grieving the loss of their loved ones, some FBCLG members have experienced the theft of bronze vases and other valuable memorials on their grave lots at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick. This is a sad and unfortunate reality, but one that is not unique to this cemetery. This appears to be a growing national problem.
We have discussed this matter with the owner of Franklin Memorial Park and were informed that surveillance cameras were installed, and that North Brunswick Policemen have stepped up their patrolling of the cemetery. Families who have experienced thefts should file a police report with the North Brunswick Police Department. Several arrests have been made and more are underway.
For additional information, please access the Franklin Memorial Park website at: http://www.fmpark.org/
Deacon Bill Campbell
Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling