Emilio Nares Foundation hosts 13th annual “Harvest for Hope”

| October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
 ENF Co-Founder Diane Nares is shown embracing eight-year old Esmeralda Mendez de Leon (L) and 10-year old Kimiko Schroeder (R).

ENF Co-Founder Diane Nares is shown embracing eight-year old Esmeralda Mendez de Leon (L) and 10-year old Kimiko Schroeder (R).

The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), a San Diego-based nonprofit to help navigate families through their child’s journey with cancer, will host the 13th annual “Harvest for Hope” on Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at San Diego Central Library, located at
330 Park Blvd, 9th Floor, in downtown San Diego. The event will include gourmet food and beverage stations, live and silent auction. Carlo Cecchetto, KFMB/CBS8 evening news anchor, is the master of ceremonies.

The event includes unlimited tastings from San Diego’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors to raise funds that expand services to the disproportionately high number of children battling cancer in the region.

“Harvest for Hope is not only a fun time for everyone, it is incredibly inspiring to see the community come together to support local children and families in the fight of their lives,” said Diane Nares, co-founder of ENF. “We are incredibly proud the event is in its 13th year and beyond grateful for all the guests, vendors, sponsors and volunteers who make Harvest for Hope a huge success.”

Richard and Diane Nares lost their only son, Emilio, to cancer when he was five-years old. They turned their loss into Emilio’s legacy by creating the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) in 2003. Today ENF provides transportation, healthy nutrition and stress relief to help 250 children survive and cope with cancer, and their families navigate the difficult journey with them. ENF also provides bereavement and burial support, when a child loses a brave battle with cancer. Patient families are largely low-income, some earning as little as $25,000 annually.

“Ride with Emilio” is ENF’s flagship program of specially equipped, hygienic vans that transport children and their families on time, every time to and from cancer treatments. Ride with Emilio has made 30,000 life-saving trips for young cancer patients since 2005. San Diego’s cancer rates exceed those of the state, with Hispanic/Latino children experiencing among the highest.

The fundraising goal for “Harvest for Hope” is $150,000. Tickets may be purchased at HarvestforHope2016.org for $135 each or $1,000 for 10 people.

Sponsors to date include Banfi Vintners, John and Nancy Jo Cappetta Family Foundation, Paul Hastings, LLP, Jenny, Mark, Rhone and Cassady Johnson, Ranta Consulting, Inc. and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) is a 13-year-old nonprofit offering programs and services to help low-income, underserved families navigate their child’s journey with cancer in San Diego, Orange and Imperial counties. For more information: www.enfhope.org.


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