Feed the Hungry Project MLK Gala has goal of $100K for funding Dream Center

10th annual event set for Feb. 24 at Champion Mills Conference Center in Hamilton.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

MIDDLETOWN — Those associated with the upcoming MLK Gala are expecting a large fundraiser as the events marks its 10th year of generating money to feed those in need.

The Feed the Hungry Project MLK Gala has set a goal of raising $100,000 this year, $40,000 more than was generated last year, said Monique Patterson, who’s affiliated with the organization.

Proceeds will fund operations of the Dream Center and support programs, including the Thanksgiving meal and Christmas toy giveaway, she said.

Feed the Hungry Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating hunger in the community, she said. Since its inception in 1987, the organization has been actively involved in various initiatives to provide food security and support to those in need.

The gala will honor six individuals, including Pastor Darlene Bishop-Driscoll, Solid Rock Church; Kee Edwards, senior director of human resources, Middletown City Schools; Stephen “Steve” Hightower, president and CEO, Hightowers Petroleum Co.; Jerry Lucas, basketball hall of famer and education innovator; Jackie Phillips-Carter, health commissioner, Middletown City Health Department; and Jackie Silas-Butler, executive director of Project GRAD Akron.

Lucas, 83, led the Middies to a 76-game winning streak and back-to-back state titles. He later starred at Ohio State University, won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics and was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

The honorees will be recognized with a plaque, a video of their testimony will be shown and they will give an acceptance speech, Patterson said.

She called the list of honorees “very impressive.”

There will be a cocktail hour, dinner, entertainment, live auction and after party, she said.

The milestone event “promises” an evening of elegance, inspiration, and philanthropy as Feed the Hungry commemorates “a decade of making a positive impact in our community,” Patterson said.

All attendees are encouraged to dress in black-tie attire.

How to go

What: Feed the Hungry Project 10th anniversary MLK Gala

When: Doors open: 5 p.m. Feb. 24; Cocktail hour: 5 p.m.; Dinner served: 6 p.m.

Where: Champion Mills Conference Center, 600 N. B Street, Hamilton

Cost: $100

Tickets online: https://app.aplos.com/aws/events/10th_annual_mlk_gala

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