A special fundraising event to support the Foundation 4 Orphans, a non-profit organization founded by former New Milford resident the Rev. Wayne Lavender, Ph.D., will be held Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Ridgefield.

F4O is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises awareness and resources to help orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and around the globe.

The event, to take place at the Lounsbury House at 316 Main St. in Ridgefield, will include music, hors d’oeuvres, a presentation by Lavender and a special guest speaker from Africa.

Lavender is a Ridgefield native, a pastor of Faith United Methodist Church in North Haven and a past longtime pastor of the New Milford United Methodist Church.

He recently returned home from Mozambique, Africa, where he was a guest speaker at the Annual Conference for the Methodist Church in Mozambique.

While there, he addressed church leaders and discussed how F4O can further help transform the lives of orphans there and around the globe.

Bishop Joaquina Nhanala, resident bishop of Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Madagascar, has asked F4O if in the coming years it can help construct up to a dozen new community-based orphanages 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.

An estimated 150 million orphans are alive today, mostly in developing nations of the south. Approximately 16,000 children die daily from the effects of extreme poverty.

There is no admission for the Nov. 2 event. For more information or to make a donation to F4O, visit www.f4o.org or follow the organization on Facebook.