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To support our hunger-fighting mission and to help defray costs for our recently acquired 4,000 square foot warehouse area to store more goods and boost efficiency, we are holding a 2nd Diamond Endowment Fundraiser. 

Our first Diamond Endowment raffle featured "Bella Diamante" (beautiful diamond), appraised at $21,500 and was raffled off at our 10th Anniversary Gala. Bella received such a positive response from our community we decided to do it for a 2nd time!

The prize this time is "Maribella" a white gold necklace with a larger pear-shaped pendant bedazzled with 28 carats of blue topaz, teal, blue and white diamonds. It was custom designed and crafted by Gold in Art Jewelers of Mount Dora and is listed with a minimum value of $21,500, and is set to be raffled off on April 2, 2020 with second prize being $5,000 and third prize $2,500.

In the preceding months, each of the dozen "Women of Maribella", for a month will don the necklace, then later gather to share her experiences with the group and hand off the necklace to the next wearer. Hailing from Mount Dora, Eustis, Leesburg, Tavares, and Orlando, the "Women of Maribella" are: Holly Stratton Farley, Tina Morin, Erika Green, Kelsey Gonzalez, Edna Gonzalez, Theresa Elliott, Christina Williams Stewart, Donna Marini, Jodie McEwen, Linda and Jeanette Bokland, Cathy Hoechst, and Clara Schneider.

The women also serve as emissaries educating the public about Lake Cares and about the region’s growing food insecurity crisis that feeds the pantry's fiscal need.

The Diamond Endowment Raffle emulates the life-changing saga of 13 women who took turns sporting a necklace named “Jewelia” after cooking legend Julia Child famously chronicled in the 2008 Cheryl Jarvis bestselling book The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Changed their Lives.

Tickets are $50 and only 1,000 will be sold. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, or by calling 352-383-0100.