“AHOY…A Buoy of Hope for the Homeless” Raises Over $21,000 for Harford Family House




Harford Family House first fundraising and networking event brings community together



Harford Family House, the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County, hosted its first fundraising and networking event on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at La Banque de Fleuve. “AHOY…A Buoy of Hope for the Homeless” drew a crowd of 200 local community and business leaders and raised over $21,000 in support of the organization’s mission.


“We were thrilled with the turnout and support we received from the community for our inaugural fundraising and networking event and we could not have asked for better weather!” says Harford Family House Executive Director and CEO, Robin Tomechko. “The support from the community and local businesses continues to help Harford Family House grow and seek new opportunities for our families. For this we are incredibly thankful.”

Honorary Chairs David and Melinda Craig welcome guests to the event along with HFH CEO Robin Tomechko (Center). Photo Credit: Barbara Williams

“AHOY…A Buoy of Hope for the Homeless” guests and honorary co-chairs, David and Melinda Craig, enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres provided by event sponsor MacGregor’s Restaurant, sailboat races, raffles and live music by Sam O’Hare. Event raffle basket items consisted of gift cards, apparel and experiences donated by local businesses, including sailing lessons for two at the Bay Sail Sailing School in Havre de Grace, Maryland.


According to Tomechko, with a list of over 100 families waiting for services provided by Harford Family House, the organization recognizes the need for expansion in the county. In the coming year, the organization plans to support an additional five families in addition to the families they are currently serving. The proceeds raised from this event will help Harford Family House begin its expansion by providing an additional 829 nights of shelter to local homeless children and adults.

Guests (from l to r) Denise Dardozzi, Tony DiPaula, Mark Dardozzi and Margaret DiPaula enjoying the beautiful venue and warm weather. Photo Credit: Barbara Williams

This event would not have been successful without the support and generosity of our sponsors, including La Banque de Fleuve, MacGregor’s Restaurant, Harford Financial Group, Harford Pharmacy, WXCY Radio, Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Chesapeake Employers Insurance, Harford Mutual Insurance Company, Key Title, Freedom Federal Credit Union, Mid -Atlantic Title LLC, The Goles Investment Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Aberdeen Rotary, Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., BCH Realty, Chesapeake Network Group, Gio Technologies LLC, Homeowners Real Estate, Lynch Primary Care, Plaza Ford, Richlin Catering & Events Center, SWBC Mortgage Anthony Ries and Angela Poppe Ries, B K Williams Photography, Big House Signs, Office Centre, Blue Heron Gifts, Edward Jones, Elegant Living, Golls Bakery, Harford County Department of Housing, Integrity Real Estate, Scanlan Executive Coaching, and State Farm Insurance.

Event attendees enjoy the music of Sam O’Hare and the spectacular views of the water. Photo Credit: Barbara Williams

To learn more about Harford Family House, please visit www.harfordfamilyhouse.org or call 410.273.6700 to find out how you can get involved.


About Harford Family House (www.harfordfamilyhouse.org)

Harford Family House is the largest provider of transitional housing for families with children in Harford County who are experiencing homelessness. Other programs include Emergency Shelter for families, HUD Supportive Housing for homeless families where one family member has a disability, Camp Happy, a summer program for the youth at Harford Family House and Wheels for Work, a program to help clients get to and from work while saving towards car ownership. Clients are provided with a fully furnished apartment or house and receive case management services and referrals to partner agencies to help them transition into permanent, stable housing and self-sufficiency.


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