Samaritan's Feet Announces 2019 'Hope Givers' and Honorees for the 'Person of the Year'

Hope Givers and Samaritan's Feet global efforts to be celebrated at the 2019 Barefoot Gala sponsored by BB&T and Coca-Cola Consolidated.

Samaritan’s Feet International is pleased to announce nine outstanding honorees and servant leaders who exemplify its mission through their professional and philanthropic contributions to community and service as ‘Hope Givers’. These individuals and couples are committed to “inspiring others in the community and enriching the lives of the 1.5 billion children and people infected with diseases that are transmitted through contaminated soil around the world through the gift of shoes and a message of hope.”

2019 ‘Hope Givers’ Program Honorees:

  • Ashley Hartle, Regional Vice President Southeast, Eurest for Compass Group North America – Charlotte, NC
  • Jeremiah Hamman, Indianapolis restaurateur and Operations Manager, Prime 47 CARMEL; and Nessa Hamman, Director of Sales, Prime 47 CARMEL – Westfield, IN
  • Corey LaJoie, NASCAR driver for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series; and Kelly Lajoie, full-time nanny – Charlotte, NC
  • David Millsaps, Market Leader Sales, Movement Mortgage; and Trudi Millsaps, homeschool teacher – Charlotte, NC
  • Alan Tyson, President and Co-Founder, Architect Sports & Physical Therapy; and Alicia Tyson, Co-Founder, Architech Sports and Physical Therapy – Charlotte, NC

All ‘Hope Givers’ will be recognized on the night of its Barefoot Gala on November 2 at the Le Meridien Hotel in Charlotte. In this “coopetition,” the honoree that raises the most awareness and funds to impact the greatest number of children globally will be recognized that night as the Samaritan’s Feet 2019 “Person of the Year.” One Hope Giver has already raised over $125,000 pre-kickoff. For the 2019 Barefoot Gala, BB&T is the Inspire Title Sponsor and Coca-Cola Consolidated is the Barefoot Presenting Sponsor.

“We are excited to partner with BB&T and Coca-Cola Consolidated to celebrate at our Barefoot Gala our accomplishment of serving over 7.1 million people worldwide. We are so proud and honored to have our Hope Givers join the movement to help accelerate our vision of getting to zero shoeless children worldwide and serving one million children this year,” said Manny and Tracie Ohonme, Co-Founders of Samaritan’s Feet International.

The HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Peace, and Education) Givers program offers a platform for giving back through Samaritan’s Feet, the chance to save the lives of children globally infected with parasites and sickness caused by foot-borne diseases, while creating opportunities for kids to go to school, and a framework to inject love and peace to hurting communities. All participants have committed to serve as an ambassador for the cause and to raise at least $20,000 each to serve over 500 children with a new pair of shoes with a message of hope in a community in need. But the goal is for each honoree to maximize their network to impact as much children as possible.

To learn more about our 2019 Hope Givers, to support their campaigns, or to sponsor the Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot Gala, please visit

About Samaritan’s Feet International

Samaritan’s Feet is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love through washing the feet of impoverished children around the world and adorning them with new shoes. There are an estimated 2.2 billion people worldwide living in poverty and more than 1.5 billion who suffer from foot borne diseases. The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is to create a world with zero shoeless children. Since its founding by Manny Ohonme in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its team of ambassadors and partners have blessed almost 7 million children in 108 nations and more than 395 U.S. cities. For more information about Samaritan’s Feet International, visit

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Samaritan's Feet serves and inspires hope in children by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities.

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