Poverty awareness event offered

Hall to speak at anniversary event

Staff Reports

TROY — On Oct. 10, Partners in Hope in Troy will welcome Tony Hall as the keynote speaker at its 25th Anniversary Poverty Awareness Event.

The event to be held at Edison Community College in Piqua begins at 6 p.m. and advance tickets are required.

“We are honored to host Mr. Hall as part of our 25th Anniversary of service to the community. He is at the forefront of issues that affect families throughout the Miami Valley, said executive director of Partners in Hope Jessica Echols.

Hall is a native of Dayton and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He represented the people of the 3rd District of Ohio for almost 24 years, and was the author of legislation supporting food aid, child survival, basic education, primary health care, micro-enterprise, and development assistance programs in the world’s poorest countries.

Ambassador Tony Hall is also founder and former chairman of the Congressional Hunger Center, a non-governmental organization dedicated to fighting hunger by developing leaders. Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, former U.S. Ambassador Hall is one of the leading advocates for hunger relief programs and improving international human rights conditions in the world.

“Mr. Hall was appointed by President George Bush Sr. in 2002 to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and his platform of feeding the hungry has managed to cross party lines since he began his work in 1979. He has a firm grasp on the reality that hunger and poverty affect each of us,” Echols said.

Hall, now executive director emeritus of the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance to End Hunger, Hall was recently in Dayton, after reading a story in a Dayton-based newspaper that reported research had found Dayton to be the “fourth hungriest” city in America, in terms of food hardship. As a result of his visit, he announced in early September that he will open an office to help unite and support efforts to make food more available.

The Partners in Hope 25th Anniversary Poverty Awareness event will provide a unique opportunity to learn about his findings, and how the community can work together to create positive change.

Partners in Hope, Inc. is a non-profit organization that opened its doors to serve the community in 1990. Throughout its 25 year history, PHI has offered programs of Relief, Education, and Development to families in need. In 2014, programs and services were provided to over 2,000 individuals in Troy and Casstown. It is their mission that “Through our faith in Christ and community partnerships we develop relationships that transform individual lives, families, and future generations.”

Tickets to the event can be purchase online at www.partnersinhopeinc.org/get-involved/events . Email jechols@partnersinhopeinc.org, or call (937) 335-0448 for more information.

Hall to speak at anniversary event