The Orlando Family Foundation Annual Gala took place on January 28, 2017. Sam Orlando addressed the guests and expressed that the past 17 years of planning this event has been a blessing for his family. Sam’s family is from Little Italy in Downtown St Louis and he is very proud of his Italian Heritage. He spoke of his father who served during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. A small table was set in honor of his father with the his US Service Flag and bible. The foundation has raised nearly $900,000 for charity in the past 16 years. This year that is expected to exceed $1,000,000, an accomplishment that was never imagined when this journey began. Sam and his lovely wife, Jan, was very gracious and thanked everyone for their support.
Guests were served a variety of 10 delicious hors d-oevures and a four course dinner. Next years event will be January 27, 2018. Please mark your calendars for a wonderful evening.
The three charities who will be receive the proceeds from last nights events were drawn at random and they are:
Feed My People, nonprofit corporation, is a rehabilitative help center. In addition to dispensing food supplies, we offer job counseling, budget guidance, financial assistance, literacy instruction, computer orientation and other services designed to assist our clients in their quest to get back on their feet.
FamiliesROC is a 5010c(3) non-profit organization formed in April 2005 dedicated to raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer and supporting women and their families as they deal with the disease. This organization was conceived by the family of Brenda Jorgensen, as she waged her own personal war against the disease.
The Daughters of St Paul are a world-wide congregation of religious women dedicating to announcing the Gospel through the media of communications. Their mission is to bring the truth and love of Christ to a world so in need of hope and light.