Wine tasting to support Foundation 4 Orphans
Published 12:00 am, Monday, October 17, 2016
A wine tasting to benefit the Foundation 4 Orphans will be held Nov. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. in Ridgefield.
F4O was founded in 2011 by Ridgefield native the Rev. Wayne Lavender, Ph.D., formerly of New Milford.
Greg Wood of 109 Cheese & Wine will serve as host for the fundraiser, which will be held at a private home.
Tastings will be led by Artisan Wines and the Winebow Group.
Chef Scott Timmons will prepare hot hors d’oeuvres and 109 Cheese & Wine will provide cheeses and charcuterie.
The newly opened Ridgefield Suzuki School will offer musical entertainment.
The event will include a silent auction, featuring an autographed Bruce Springsteen guitar, a gift certificate for custom jewelry, four tickets to the Traveler’s Golf Tournament, a chef-prepared meal for 10 in your home, beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, artwork and more.
Funds raised will support F4O, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises awareness and money to help orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and around the globe.
It serves the educational, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of orphans and vulnerable children “in order to build a world of peace with justice,” according to its mission statement.
There are an estimated 210 million orphans worldwide.
Meanwhile, 26,000 children die daily from the effects of extreme poverty — an annual total of 10 million children.
Earlier this year, Lavender took on a five-month journey running, walking and driving across the country to raise awareness about orphans and vulnerable children and funds for future projects around the world.
“When we reach out a hand to help a child in need, we receive more than we give,” said Lavender, who has participated in three mission trips to Mozambique, as well as mission trips to Brazil, Iraq, Egypt and Vietnam, since 1998.
F4O recently raised the funds for an orphanage in Dondo, Mozambique, where 48 children are eager for construction to be completed in the coming months.
The orphanage will be a community-based orphanage modeled after the Carolyn Belshe Orphanage in Cambine, Mozambique, built more than a decade ago under the leadership of Lavender and the New Milford United Methodist Church.
Plans are in the works to build additional orphanages in southern Mozambique and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In addition to building orphanages, a chapter of F4O operates a mentoring program for orphans and vulnerable children in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, where Lavender served as a teacher at the University of Human Development in 2011. During his time there, Lavender worked with students from the university and other nearby colleges to create the program to help children affected by war.
F4O continues to work throughout the region and has expanded its mission from mentoring children in need to also visiting refugee camps for those fleeing either the Syrian regime or areas overrun by ISIS.
Tickets are $75 per person and available only in advance at www.f4o.org.
To purchase tickets by check, email Lavender at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.f4o.org.