Ice on Ice, an annual fundraiser sponsored in part by Lauray's The Diamond Center and hosted by The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, raised $6,000 for Project HOPE Food Bank, a news release said.
"Everyone was in good spirits" at the event, which raises money annually for the food bank, held at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort's Event Center on Dec. 1, 2022, the release said.
Attendees purchased tickets for the event's signature cocktail, which included an ice cube with either a cubic zirconia or diamond frozen inside. A total of five diamonds, donated by Lauray's, were available for guests to win during the event. Once the ice cube had melted, jewelers from Lauray's were on hand to appraise each find.
Project HOPE Food Bank's mission is to assist those facing hunger, allowing them to maintain their health and well-being. They work with 50 different agencies across the state and estimate that 1.5 million pounds of food will be distributed in the upcoming year, the release said.
"It's important to give back to the community and Project HOPE Food Bank is a wonderful organization. Lauray's is proud to support them and their critical work," Toddy Pitard, owner of Lauray's, said in the release.