Images by Chris Smith

Hearts for Honduras, a fundraiser benefitting Lunches for Learning was held February 18th at Historic Roswell Founders Hall. After three years, this event has become a community staple, connecting Roswell to a poverty-stricken area on the pacific side of Honduras.

The aim of the organization is to alleviate poverty by encouraging children become literate. Nearly 70% of families helped live on less than two dollars per day. Food is limited – and children often drop out of school to work as early as 1st grade. Lunches for Learning provides food for children in the schools.

The first event was held in 2014, after Chris and Tracy Archer, owners of Founders Hall, offered to host the event free of charge. A host committee comprised of Roswell residents planned and executed a flawless benefit focused on having fun, while raising money for a worthy cause.

“The stark reality of poverty is difficult to process for many of us in the US. We view this benefit as a celebration that the program is working despite knowing we’re only alleviating a small part of the problem,” says Theo Keyserling, Hearts for Honduras event co-founder.

This year the event featured a bourbon tasting and hand rolled cigars by Truly Cigars.  Truly Cigars was also a large financial contributor. CEO of Truly Cigars and Businessman Kurt Wilson says, “I was approached by Terry Taylor of Lunches for Learning; and I said, ‘What can I do to help?’ I feel to be involved with ‘Hearts for Honduras’.”

2017 Chair for the event was Roswell resident, Steve Stroud, who has personally visited Honduras.  “The level of poverty in Honduras is overwhelming. It feels great to be involved with an organization helping these children. When I was asked to chair this years’ event, it was a no brainer,” said Stroud.

In addition to Truly Cigars, Osteria Mattone, Maserati of Atlanta and TechniPower were major contributors to event’s success.  “Corporate global citizens like Jeff McCoy (CEO, TechniPower), Kurt Wilson (CEO, Truly Cigars), and Ryan Pernice (Osteria Mattone) give so much locally but their giving extends beyond Roswell, as well,” stated Stroud.

The group anticipates throwing another event next year and is in the process of the chair selection.  Event proceeds feed about 200 children for the entire school year. For more information on Hearts for Honduras, please visit their website at roswellhfoh.com.

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