"Pretty Little Liars" star Torrey DeVitto will host the Road to Hope charity event on April 14th in Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for the program that helps to better the lives of children who are orphaned as a result of losing one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and cancer.
DeVitto is the current ambassador for The Hospice Foundation and was part of their documentary film crew that recently returned from filming in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. In this region, thousands of children are forced to leave school and look for alternate ways to survive after their parents have passed. Road to Hope provides ongoing support for them.
According to Mike Wargo, COO of The Hospice Foundation and the film’s producer/director, “Road to Hope explores the unique challenges of orphaned children after caring for their dying parents in poverty-stricken areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. We’re telling their stories through the lens of caring and supportive people, like Torrey, who have emerged to offer love and guidance as these children seek to rebuild their lives.”
“When I was in Africa as part of the film crew, I got to meet some of the children in the program,” shared DeVitto. “The initial inspiration for the program was a five year-old child named George, who had been the sole caregiver for his dying father. When his father died, he no longer had anyone to care for --- and no one to care for him. Because of the Road to Hope program he is now attending a good school and doesn’t have to worry about where his next meal will come from. And the cost to sponsor a child like George is less than a dollar a day.”
The Road to Hope charity event will be held on at West Hollywood’s trendy Bootsy Bellows nightclub. Additional celebrities joining DeVitto in their support for this great cause include, Chris Evans, Ian Harding, Arielle Kebbel, Bethany Joy Lenz, Lindsey McKeon, Brittany Snow, and Daphne Zuniga. The evening will include special performances by Pia Mia and Trevor Jackson and guests will also be rocking to the tunes of a surprise celebrity DJ. Akvinta Vodka will be providing specialty cocktails throughout the evening.
All proceeds will benefit the Road to Hope program, which is co-sponsored by the Hospice Foundation and the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU). Based in Kampala, Uganda, PCAU is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to make palliative care accessible to all Ugandans. Caring for the orphaned children of their patients is a natural and important extension of their mission.
“Our deepest thanks go out to Torrey and the entire event committee for making more people aware of the situation and how they can help put these children on the Road to Hope,” added Wargo.”
General admission for guests will start at $50 and can be purchased by visiting Eventbrite.com: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/road-to-hope-tickets-10691437377?aff=es2. For more information about the documentary, please visit http://www.roadtohopefilm.org.