23 Feb

Place of Hope Celebrates 16th Annual Hope Bash Raising Funds and Support for Neglected and Abused Foster Youth

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Jupiter, FL – Place of Hope celebrated its 16th Annual Hope Bash in the Palm Beach region on the evening of February 11 at Trump National Golf Club. The event was co-chaired by Trish Bender, Nicole Bessette, Michelle Grande, Sue Ende and Danielle Jenkins and presented by The Paddock Family Foundation.

Place of Hope remains thankful for the friends and new supporters that showed up for the kids, youth, and families supported by its various programs. The record-breaking funds raised at this event will allow Place of Hope to further its mission of defending the fatherless and ensure each child has the opportunity for a bright future.

“Hope Bash is a great opportunity to show our friends gratitude and welcome new supporters to the why behind Place of Hope,” said Charles Bender, Place of Hope Founding CEO. “It is thanks to your support and God’s provision that we have been able to reach over 20,000 hurting and abused children, young adults, and families right here in our neighborhood. We are reminded by heartbreaking news reports of the heinous acts some parents have put their children through right here in Jupiter and feel called to our mission of giving hope back to children who deserve to experience love and family.”

Attendees heard about Place of Hope’s impact in 2021 spanning across the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County. Leaders also shared the ways the organization is evolving its programs to meet the everchanging needs of foster youth, young adults facing homelessness, family prevention, and survivors of human trafficking. Place of Hope alumni Jessica Mossop shared her powerful testimony from being smuggled into the U.S. at age seven to coming into Place of Hope’s care at age twelve. She suffered abuse and hurt from her biological family but found a safe place to call home on Place of Hope’s Paxson campus. The Mossop family adopted Jessica and helped her rewrite her story into a beautiful masterpiece. Click here to watch Jessica’s full story of hope.

Steve and Heather Atkins were awarded the Harris L. Weinstein Heroes of Hope in honor of their unwavering support for Place of Hope’s mission. “We appreciate the many ways the Atkins have supported our mission of defending the fatherless and their leadership for spreading our reach in the community,” said Bender. The Atkins graciously accepted the award and remarked on their support of Place of Hope.

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Thank you to the following sponsors: The Paddock Family Foundation, John E. and Nellie J. Bastien Foundation Memorial Fdn (Scott & Vicky Porter), OLIVE U! Mediterranean Grill, The Pingleton Group Merrill Lynch, Lane Family Foundation, David Hess & Syndie Levien, Sal and Kim Tiano, Travani and Richter, PA, Nash Luxury Group Illustrated Properties, Digital Media Solutions, The Boswell Family, Andrew & Christina Macmillan, Brad & Laura Smithy, FUSE Specialty Appliances, Jacqueline Yafa, Dr. Frederic Barr, PNC Bank, Laurie Elliott & The Russo Group, Eddie & Christina Naugle, JP Morgan | Sylvia Wealth Management, Berlin Family Foundation, Sina Companies, LB Rowe Pools, The Jordan Group at Morgan Stanley, HE Hill Foundation, JLRD Consulting, The Atkins Family, Andersen Tax.

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