Food For The Poor Gala Proceeds to Build School in Jamaica

Arlette Gordon, Paul Marino.

PALM BEACH, FL – Arlette Gordon, Elizabeth Bowden and Paul Marino will chair Food For The Poor’s ninth annual Palm Beach gala, “Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures.”

The celebration, Jan. 29, 2012, at The Breakers, Palm Beach, will honor the memory of Robert G. Gordon.

Palm Beach philanthropists Arlette Gordon and Elizabeth Bowden serve as honorary chairwomen, and Paul Marino is event chairman.

Robert Gordon had a passion for both culinary achievement and charitable giving. Together with his wife, Arlette, the Gordons served for five years as the gala’s honorary chairpersons. They invited members of the Palm Beach community to become involved in this philanthropic cause and transform lives of poverty and suffering into ones filled with hope and thanksgiving.

“Robert prided himself on recognizing good company, wine, food and efficient philanthropic giving. He was impressed that more than 96 percent of all donations to Food For The Poor go to programs that directly benefit the poor,” said Arlette Gordon.

Elizabeth Bowden

This year’s proceeds will be used to build a critically needed school in Robert Gordon’s honor to benefit approximately 100 disadvantaged children near Gordon’s Village in Bluefields, Jamaica. In developing countries, school classes are sometimes held under a tree or in a dilapidated building, making it difficult for students to concentrate on their studies.

“We believe education is the foundation for a successful future,” said Arlette Gordon. “Robert would be touched by the generosity of his friends to know that so many had gathered together to build a school in his honor to extend his legacy.”

Food For The Poor’s Palm Beach Gala will begin with a wine tasting reception with selected wines compliments of Republic National Distributing Company, and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. Throughout the reception, unique wine selections, jewelry and exotic escapes to such places as Hong Kong will be among the varied silent- and live-auction prizes. The event’s wine sponsors specially paired fine wines to enhance each of the five courses and to highlight the executive chefs and restaurants of The Breakers, Palm Beach.

“Robert’s love of life was large, so it’s only fitting that at this year’s gala we honor him by serving some of his favorite things,” said Marino. “It was through his efforts and years of dedication that we were able to build an entire community in Bluefields, Jamaica. We cherish it in his memory – Gordon’s Cove.”

For additional information regarding the Fine Wines & Hidden Treasurers event, benefactor levels, and tickets, available at $450 per person, please call (888) 404-4248 or visit
Proceeds from Food For The Poor’s previous Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures – The Best of Palm Beach galas raised funds to establish a self-sustainable fishing village in Bluefields, Jamaica. The project replaced dilapidated shacks with more than 125 safe, permanent houses, a school for 80 children, a fish processing facility, and provided residents with access to water and sanitation.
In addition to Food For The Poor’s International mission, the organization also supports many charities in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Grand benefactors include Florence DeGeorge. Benefactors include Elizabeth Bowden, Arlette Gordon, Helene and Stanley Karp, Lois Pope, and Hermé de Wyman Miro – The International Society of Palm Beach. Gala sponsors include Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., Russ Reid Company, Republic National Distributing Company, TerraGroup and The Frankino Foundation.

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation feeds millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. The interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

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