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New Rochelle WVOX HOPE-athon Raises $600 So Far

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Carole Troum, executive director of HOPE Community Services, received $600 of new funds during the organization’s first HOPE-athon at WVOX studios Thursday.

The organization raised money to continue its mission of helping low-income residents maintain adequate nutrition through a soup kitchen and food pantry, and reach its goal of keeping pace with the increase in the cost of food and the number of new clients.

“This is a way for people to learn about what we do at HOPE and for people who really care about HOPE,” Troum said.

HOPE received $500 from WVOX staff members and an additional $100 from New York state 91st District Assembly member George Latimer, who called in to the show.

Other luminaries, including HOPE staff, HOPE volunteers, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, county officials, several speakers from county and New Rochelle organizations, and church staff also contributed their time to speak during the efforts to raise money.

William O'Shaughnessy, editorial director, president and CEO of WVOX, said HOPE is a significant organization in New Rochelle.

“I think HOPE Community Services is one of the most noble endeavors and initiatives in our home heath,” O’Shaughnessy said. “Their mission is at least biblical, to feed the hungry. What could be more essential or simple? HOPE is a modern-day miracle.”

O'Shaughnessy said he found it hard to believe that people go to bed hungry in a county as wealthy as Westchester.

"HOPE goes to one of life's most essential things," he said. "There are a lot of people doing things quietly that we don't see and know nothing about."

Although the fundraiser is over, people can still donate online on HOPE's website. More information can also be found there.

Total money raised from the event will be available Friday.

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