Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00
Hope For Youth (HFY), a leading provider of residential programs, foster care, preventive and outpatient services for children, youth and families on Long Island, will host its Bi-Annual Cornucopia of Hope Gala on Tuesday, November 1, from 6-10 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City. The evening will feature cocktail hour, passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, wine and chocolate flights, a dessert competition and prizes, along with moving, personal stories told by Hope For Youth alumni.
Hope For Youth will honor entrepreneur, inspirational athlete and motivational speaker, Rohan Murphy of East Islip, with the first ever “Elizabeth Bass Golding Personal Achievement Award.” Rohan, who lost his legs in childhood, was a successful collegiate wrestler at Penn State and is an accomplished power lifter who is currently training for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Master of Ceremonies will be Long Island chef extraordinaire, author and wine expert, Tom Schaudel, who is the executive chef and owner of several successful Long Island restaurants and host of the radio show Playing with Fire on 1100 WHLI. Several alumni of Hope For Youth, including Amos Zereoué, famed NFL player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots, will be attending the event to tell their personal stories of success and how Hope For Youth changed their lives.
The Hope For Youth Gala will include a special presentation of chocolate and wine pairing by chocolate sommelier Roxanne Browning, owner and operator of Exotic Chocolate Tastings in Northport. Stew Leonard’s of Farmingdale will be donating their exclusive, special reserve, private label vintages for the tasting.
A live dessert competition will be held featuring Chef Marney White of Marneycakes, Chef Alison Sleck of Dolce Delights and Donna Dexter of Wicked Chocolate. The contest will be judged by Chef Gerard Molloy and Ceido of Ice Sculpture Designs. There will also be a demonstration of special chocolate tempering techniques presented by Mehdi Chellaoui of Mehdi Truffles.
All net proceeds from the Cornucopia of Hope Gala will support the programs at Hope For Youth. “We anticipate a strong turnout for this year’s Gala,” said Susan Lane, Hope For Youth director of development. “The event marks Hope for Youth’s 42nd year of providing support and services to children, youth and families across Long Island. This year’s gala is a special event honoring a wonderful individual, Rohan Murphy, and is featuring the best and brightest food, wine and dessert stars on Long Island. We are especially excited for our alumni, including Amos Zereoué, who will be sharing their personal and moving success stories with our supporters.”