Southwest Florida helps raise $132,286 for Haven of Hope International


Haven of Hope International

November 23, 2019

Southwest Florida helps raise $132,286 for Haven of Hope International

Haven of Hope International’s Celestial Celebration was a success! The generous Southwest Florida community helped this Fort Myers-based non-profit raise a total of $132,286.

Funds will help Haven of Hope International’s Global Hope Expansion Campaign to help make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected, and forgotten children around the world.

The biggest surprise of the night was one of HOHI’s very own children from the flagship orphanage in Santa Cruz, Bolivia made an appearance. Jose Luis walked through the doors of Haven of Hope Bolivia when he was about 6 years old. He grew up under the care of the orphanage director and her husband. In Santa Cruz, he helps lead the sustainability program where he creates unique items to sell out of recycled content. This week, he has stayed busy learning new art and styling techniques to take back to Santa Cruz and help improve the program. Jose had a difficult childhood after he says his mother poisoned his father. Thanks to the intervention of Haven of Hope International, Jose has been able to fulfill his dreams and live a much better life.

Statistics show that 99% of orphans may never be adopted and 60% of orphans may turn to a life of prostitution or crime. The most alarming statistic is 10% of these children may attempt suicide. Haven of Hope International works to rescue, love, restore, and equip children to fulfill their destiny – Jose being one of them.

The Celestial Celebration was held at the sophisticated Miromar Lakes Beach Clubhouse. The ticket included complimentary valet, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary welcome glass of champagne, a delicious seated dinner and live entertainment by Winslow and the Rockefellers.

The Master of Ceremonies was Southwest Florida’s beloved news anchor, Krista Fogelsong. Dozens of unique live and silent auction items presented by world-renowned auctioneer Scott Robertson.

WHEN: Saturday, November 23rd at 6:00PM

WHERE: Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club

10160 Miromar Lakes Blvd., 33913

WHY: The mission of Haven of Hope International is to rescue, love, restore, and equip orphans around the world by setting a new standard in orphan care.


• Stephanie Smith, 954-552-5175
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.