Participants of KidsZone and TeenZone attended the annual End of the Year Celebration at the News-Journal Center. Daytona State College helped host this celebration and provided staff members and volunteers to help make this event a memorable one for the children.
The celebration kicked off with over 400 students and chaperones congregating in the lobby of the News-Journal Center for pizza and drinks catered and donated by Sodexo Campus Services. After eating, schools were ushered to the auditorium to begin the program which included an FBH Awards celebration and a Talent Showcase.
Of the 16 Food Brings Hope partnered schools, 15 of them were in attendance. Those schools included McInnis, Osceola, Pierson, Starke, Turie T. Small, Westside Elementary Schools; Campbell, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, Southwestern Middle Schools; and Atlantic, Taylor Middle-High, Mainland, and Spruce Creek, High Schools.
Jason Glenn, VP of Student Affairs at Bethune-Cookman University, was Emcee for the evening and welcomed students and special guests before students performed in the Talent Showcase. Also featured in the Talent Showcase was former American Idol participant and Mainland High student, Michelle Marie. After performing, Michelle Marie also shared a few words of encouragement and answered questions from the students.
The Talent Showcase featured student acts from 11 of the 15 schools in attendance. Those acts included, singers, dancers, step teams, musicians, and a photographer. Each school took home a plaque recognizing their participation in the show.
After the final talent act, Forough B. Hosseini, FBH founder and chair, and Judi Winch, FBH executive director, awarded select students from each school with Citizenship of the Year awards for their positive attitude, dedication, and willingness to help others throughout the school year. Priscilla Sparks was recognized as Volunteer of the Year and Southwestern Middle School was awarded the Site of the Year award.
“On behalf of Food Brings Hope, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the principals, teachers, volunteers, and companies who help us each year nourish the brilliant young minds we have the honor of working with,” said Forough B. Hosseini, Food Brings Hope Founder and Chair. “Each year we have been blessed with more and more opportunities to grow and serve more disadvantaged students in need of our services. This would not be possible if it weren’t for the support of our community.”
100% of Food Brings Hope overhead is paid for by the Hosseini Family Foundation!
100% of donations to Food Brings Hope directly benefit students.
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