The Faith, Hope and Charity Society was formed in May of 2002, by a group of individuals interested in raising funds for DeLand area non-profit organizations. The name was derived from the seal of the City of DeLand that represents "Faith, Hope and Charity".
The group planned its first event, that netted $23,000, which was distributed in the summer of 2003 to the following nine DeLand area non-profit organizations: The African American Museum, Association for Retarded Citizens, Council on Aging, The DeLand Museum of Art, The House Next Door, Mental Health Association, The Neighborhood Center, The Sands Theater Center, and United Way - Success By Six.
Organizations who received monies participated in the Faith, Hope and Charity Society's fundraising events, are a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with the Internal Revenue Service, have a local board of directors, and took part in an allocation screening process prior to the awarding of funds.
In 2004 the Faith, Hope and Charity Society's fundraising events included a Souper Bowl I in Downtown DeLand, The Mayor's Golf Tournament and a repeat of the popular Night Of A 1000 Stars. These events netted $50,000 which was distributed to the following agencies: Association for Retarded Citizens, African American Museum of Arts, West Volusia Historical Society, Sands Theater Center, Mental Health Association of Volusia County, The Interfaith Kitchen, The House Next Door, Council on Aging, Community Outreach Services, West Volusia Humane Society, The DeLand Museum of Art, Journey's End Animal Sanctuary, Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.
Hope and Charity Society