We were invited to attend Hope House Ministries 30th Annual Holiday Party on Monday evening at Villa Lombardi's. The party included dinner and dancing to celebrate the holiday season. There was also a live auction, silent auction and raffles to help support the work done by the Hope House Ministries.
The Lombardi family donated the party held at its extravagant Long Island hall. Villa Lombardi's has been the site of the Hope House Ministries Holiday Party for the past 19 years. The Monday evening event included a delectable buffet dinner and dessert table as well as cocktails and courteous service. Music by Naked Truth got everyone moving on the dance floor. Young men from the Hope House Ministries sang Christmas carols and the guests sang along.
There was an opportunity for party-goers to purchase holiday gifts including celebrity and sports memorabilia items. The silent auction included electronics and excursions to several Long Island locations such as Jamesport, Port Jefferson and the North Fork. Celebrity and sports memorabilia included a Sally Field autographed photo, Jim Furyk autographed photo and much more.
The chance prize raffle offered exciting items such as a gift card, lottery tickets and an overnight trip to the North Fork. The live auction included two tickets to a Billy Joel concert and more. A custom made garden bench was also part of the live auction. The bench was made by a resident of Hope House Ministries. The beautifully crafted bench was sold for $2,500.
We had an opportunity to chat with Melvyn L. Jacoby, Esq., of Jacoby & Jacoby. The law office was an Ambassador sponsor of the Hope House Ministries Holiday Party. According to Mr. Jacoby, “We have supported Hope House Ministries and Father Francis Pizzarelli for many, many years.”
Mr. Jacoby explained Hope House Ministries provides a “structured environment” for kids who are using drugs and alcohol. Often Mr. Jacoby recommends the struggling children of his clients to Hope House Ministries. He stated, “Many of them get accepted.” In the past, Mr. Jacoby was honored by Hope House Ministries at a special banquet. During the event, over $250,000 was raised for the Ministries.
Hope House Ministries is dedicated to providing compassionate, competent and comprehensive care for the poor, the marginal and the wounded. The Ministries reach out to help young people and families in crisis, pregnant women and mothers and babies in crisis. Many sponsors and volunteers worked hard to make the Hope House Ministries Holiday Party happen. Visit the Hope House Ministries website to find out more about this wonderful ministry supported by the Montfort Missionaries.