The Source’s 17th “Night of Hope” Fundraiser

news release

While last year’s annual “Night of Hope” fundraiser for The Source was held via a Zoom call with pre-registered guests enjoying a home delivered four-course meal and a pre-recorded video, this year’s event, took on a totally different look. Held on Monday evening, February 7th, the event was inside a partially open-air garage adjacent to the 3001 Ocean Drive building, allowing the guests peace of mind in a more pandemic safe environment. The Source proudly partnered with Cindy O’Dare and Richard Boga of Premier Estate Properties for this annual event.

Dignity Smiles team: Dr. Sadesh Kumar, Brigette Thomas, Joanne and Dr. Thomas Balshi

The theme for “The Night of Hope” was “A Garden of Eden.” The invitation featured a prominent Tree of Life that compared its branches to the programs and services offered by The Source, a Christian Outreach Ministry for people who are homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless. The garage was transformed into a colorful and comfortable venue for the evening, thanks to some creative décor and plush landscape enhancements donated by Aiello Landscaping, as well as dramatic lighting effects by Barwick Entertainment.  Catered by The Source’s own Dignity Catering, much thought was brought into a display that featured pandemic safe eating as they revealed some of their culinary talents included in their new catering menu, which was handed out to all guests along with some sweet offerings as the end of the party.  Several bars offered wine and beer donated by Princess Liquors and 3 Mavins’ while musical interludes were performed by James Broxton Productions.

The evening was capped off by an informative and moving video describing many of the success stories achieved by The Source during the height of the Pandemic year which included their Dignity Smiles, Dignity Bus and Dignity Food Truck programs. It concluded with the grand announcement of Dignity Village, a former resort conclave recently purchased on U.S. One in Sebastian, now being refurbished as an affordable housing community for needy individuals. There were a number of live testimonials by clients and business partners along with a drawing of prize gifts.

Anthony Zorbaugh, Executive Director of The Source, was tremendously moved by the outpouring of support and partnership at the event. “These few hours of friendship and camaraderie gave us the ability to spread the word about what we are doing here in Vero Beach, helping the homeless and needy in our own backyard.”

The video, that was produced by Rowlinson Media Group and co-produced by Paris Productions, utilized well-described words and a myriad of photos to truly summarize what The Source is doing to benefit the homeless population.   It also memorialized Maureen Archer, The Source’s Assistant Executive Director, who recently passed away.  Ms. Archer, along with Zorbaugh, worked on all the projects displayed in the video.

To those who were unable to attend the event, and would like to view the video by email, please contact Anthony Zorbaugh, 772-564-0202 or by emailing him at tony.zorbaugh@iamthesource.org.

As first responders, The Source offers life-changing possibilities to residents in crisis;  emergency hunger relief, clothing, counseling, support groups, hygiene items, showers, mail and telephone services, benefit referrals and cold weather refuge. The Source’s group of Dignity Programs include: Dining with Dignity, Dignity Caterers, Dignity Foods, Dignity Bus, Dignity Smiles, Dignity Job Opportunities and Dignity Village.

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