We would like to extend a very special "Thank you!" to everyone who attended our 3rd annual Children's Hope Dinner. It was truly a most special evening, and because of the overwhelming generosity of so many, more than $100,000 was raised for ministry to orphans and vulnerable children in the countries we serve! Our friends at Lovell PR shared this media release today! Hundreds of supporters gathered Thursday evening, April 21, for an inspiring evening of hope at the 3rd Annual Children’s Hope Dinner benefiting Orphan Outreach, featuring Olympic Gold Medalist and adoptive parent Scott Hamilton. The event raised more than $100,000 net for the locally based organization’s work with vulnerable children in some of the world’s most impoverished areas. Paige Rippey Locke was honored with Orphan Outreach’s 2016 Children’s Hope Award, recognizing her compassionate work with orphans.Best known as Gold Medalist, ice skating commentator and cancer survivor, Hamilton shared his touching story of being adopted as a baby and how he and his wife, Tracie, recently adopted two children from Haiti -- Evelyne and Jean Paul -- joining their two biological children Maxx and Aidan.“Our hearts and family are full, thanks to the blessing of adoption,” said Hamilton. “I was thrilled to be able to share my story at the Children’s Hope Dinner, and to support Orphan Outreach’s mission to serve orphans in critical need around the world.”Orphan Outreach stresses that the need is great, as there are approximately 163 million orphans throughout the world. Natural disasters and health epidemics, such as the recent Zika virus outbreak, can also increase the need for orphan services.“We’re thankful for the overwhelming support for this year’s event – sharing God’s love and giving hope to children around the world. Each ticket purchased provides six children with a month’s worth of vital resources -- allowing them to attend school, receive a daily meal and, ultimately, lead full, hopeful lives,” said Michael Douris, Orphan Outreach president.Dallas philanthropist Jimmy Westcott founded The Children’s Hope Dinner after a heart-wrenching mission trip to visit Russian orphanages. Westcott felt led to help raise awareness and urgently needed funds in support of the organization’s mission to serve some of the world’s most neglected children.Members of the Children's Hope Dinner host committee meet Scott Hamilton: Tiffany Taylor Wines, Angie Brackbill, Joyce Rogge, Susan Griffis, Dee Velvin, and Margo Isbell.