On Friday February 19, 2010, the community will come together for a very special Birthday Celebration: Father William Collins, founder of the Poverello Center and Food Bank will turn 79 years old.

The event will be marked by a very special program titled “An Evening With The Stars”. Hosted by the “First Lady” of Poverello, Nicolette, the evening will also include special performances by Joe “Joan Rivers” Posa, Cashetta, Dame Edna, Nikki Adams, Shardee Ross, Charleze Angel, and many other surprise entertainers. “An Evening With The Stars” serves as a tribute to the Father Bill’s unwavering work to feed thousands of men, women and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.


“An Evening With The Stars” also includes a selection of gourmet appetizers, a cash bar, silent auction, raffles and many surprises for Father Bill. The event will be held at the Italian-American Civic League located at 2310 NE 7 Avenue, Wilton Manors. Cocktails begin at 7:00pm with entertainment beginning at 8:00pm.

Dale Madison, Fundraising Coordinator for the Poverello Center has known Father Bill for over 20 years. He told SFGN that tickets are almost sold out for the event. “Father Bill is an amazing individual and has helped so many people over the years.” Madison also just received word that Broward County is planning a Golden Jubilee celebration for Father Bill on June 26, which celebrates his 50 years in the priesthood.

Father Bill founded the Poverello Center and Food Bank in 1987, operating out of the trunk of his car and used much of his pension to open the first thrift store. 100% of all donations received by the center will go directly to benefit their cause. The Center currently serves over 3,500 people and provides 735,000 meals per year for people in need.

Advance tickets to “An Evening With The Stars” are $45.00 and currently on sale at the Poverello Office at 2292 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Fl. or online at www.poverello.org.