House of Hope honors impactful “Partners of Hope” at the 2019 Hope Awards

PALM CITY - The annual Hope Awards Recognition Breakfast offered a wholesome breakfast and active networking opportunity at Monarch Country Club on the morning of Sept. 12. Community partners, businesses and private individuals were honored by House of Hope for their impactful contributions of passion, expertise, creativity and other resources helpful to the agency’s mission to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri emceed the ceremony and updated the room about the agency’s recent achievements and upcoming efforts. He announced the new phase of construction commencing at the agency’s new Growing Hope Farms, the agricultural and vocational production farm in Palm City. Other milestones included House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment reaching more than 5,000 episodes of service offered free to the community such as health programs and services, career coaching, academic assistance, library services, computer access, language skills and more.

The 20 awards presented this year recognized the philanthropy and community engagement demonstrated by those honored while also further telling the story of how critical collaborations have enabled House of Hope to extend its reach with enhanced services and opportunities for local residents. This year’s recipients included: All Saints Episcopal Church, Amanda Paxton of Stuart Macaroni Kid, Brian Bailey with Aequion Water Technology, Debby Stasevich, Dee Reiss, Fabio Vasconcellos, Geoff Lieberman with Macy’s Jensen Beach, Helping People Succeed, Impact Designs, Indiantown Chamber of Commerce, Johnson Honda of Stuart, Library Foundation of Martin County, Martin County Library System, Mi Cabaña Taco Truck, Robert & Patricia Ernest, The Chef’s Table, The District Table & Bar, Town of Jupiter Island, and Two Men & A Truck.

The highlight of the ceremony included naming Elisabeth Lahti as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Barbara Trimble Legacy of Hope Award. The award is named after the late Barbara Trimble known to many local agencies through her own philanthropy, volunteerism and lasting support for several important causes.  Lahti was honored with this distinction as she has changed the future for House of Hope and for so many other agencies in Martin County. Her impact on House of Hope’s mission goes far beyond the hundreds of thousands of dollars she has gifted over the years. Lahti’s background in social work gives her a unique understanding and a burning passion for the organization’s mission. From efforts as focused as collecting crackers in her community to accompany the soups, stews, and salads in served via House of Hope’s homeless feeding program, to supporting the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center which produced over 12,000 units of packaged food this year for the four Client Choice pantries, Lahti has made her mark on House of Hope and the thousands of clients served monthly.

House of Hope would like to extend appreciation to the generous sponsors of this year’s event: Merrill Lynch, HBKS Wealth Advisors, MIS Consulting, Deborah Lovequist, Molly Maid of the Treasure Coast, along with Espinal, Stern & Whittington at Morgan Stanley.