Spring Fling Sparkles with Over One Million Dollar Event
Proceeds Benefit Club Children
Palm Beach, Fla. (March 19, 2015) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County waltzed into spring at the 34th Annual Gala Spring Fling on Friday, March 13th at The Breakers Palm Beach and for the second year in a row, hit record highs by raising over one million dollars to benefit the Club’s children. Leading the charge was this year’s chairman, Danielle Hickox Moore with Honorary Chairmen Mary Freitas, Thomas Quick and Eddy Taylor.
The evening began as guests entered The Breakers and were greeted warmly by Club members from the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club. They then entered the Mediterranean Ballroom where they were treated to cocktails and a display of spring themed, painted artwork done in the Clubs by the children. When the chimes rang, the doors to the Venetian Ballroom opened and guests moved on to what looked like a spring dream, filled with cherry blossoms, hand painted water glasses and fresh flowers. Positive energy filled the room and the Marcia Mitchell Band had the guests on the dance floor from the minute they arrived.
Following dinner, Tom Quick announced that the Lawrence J. and Florence A. DeGeorge Charitable Trust were graciously contributing $300,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs, helping him kick off the live auction and the Fight Hunger – Gifts from the Heart portion of the evening. Guests bid on a trip to New York Fashion Week, an Ezulwini Game Lodge South African Safari, the 2016 Robb Report Car of the Year Judgeship, a yacht charter from HMY Yachts and a once in lifetime experience package to solve a “kidnapping” mystery.
To close out this fantastic evening, Danielle Hickox Moore announced a pledge from the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation to build a new state of the art Teen Center in Belle Glade. This will create an even larger Boys & Girls Clubs presence in Belle Glade and will allow the Boys & Girls Clubs to impact thousands more of children’s lives who would otherwise be home alone struggling to do homework or care for siblings.
Among those enjoying the evening included:
Daniele Hickox Moore, Eddy Taylor, Tom Quick, Mark & Mary Freitas, Jim & Judy Harpel, Michele & Howard Kessler, Michael DeGeorge & Liana Melnik, Brooks Bishop & Christin Rutz, Laura Evans & Jim Diack, Edward & Linda Dweck, John Firestone & Marsha Wilson, Tom & Carol Kirchhoff, Keith Williams & LaVern Morris, Sylvia James, Craig & Michele Millard and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Chairman Wally Turner and his lovely wife Betsy.
Proceeds from the Spring Fling will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, which offers 13 sites located in the County. The Clubs provide services during non-school hours, as well as summer camp opportunities, to more than 6,000 boys and girls from ages 6 to 18.
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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County
Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a not-for profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The Clubs provide more than a safe, fun and constructive alternative to being home alone – they offer a variety of award-winning developmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. The thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 6,000 children ages 6-18. For more information, please visit www.bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287.