Somerset – About 300 people attended the First Annual Harvest of Hope Father’s Day Brunch and Silent Auction on June 19 at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. There was live music provided by The B Side and brunch was catered by Delta’s Restaurant in New Brunswick. Four foster and adoptive fathers were honored:
- Mr. Rodell Stevens was honored for answering the call and his service to children. Mr. Stevens and his wife, Alice, were the first Harvest of Hope home to accept the placement of a child entering foster care.
- Mr. Curtis Gladden and his wife, Marilyn, opened their home to children more than 12 years ago and has been responsive to the needs of children since then.
- Mr. Vincent McKenzie and his wife, Paule Gallette, were first licensed as foster parents almost 5 years ago. Immediately after being licensed the couple accepted the placement of 2 children.
- Mr. Earl Roach and his wife, Joyce, made the commitment as resource parents over 12 years ago. They have continued to foster, being available to accept children in need of emergency short term placement. Mr. Roach has also served President of the board of Harvest of Hope and is an active member.
There was also a silent auction during the brunch. The church and surrounding community donated items from spa packages to art and NBA tickets. More than $3,000 was raised from the auction.
Here are a few pictures from the event: