Wrap Up-In its fourth year, the 211 HelpLine Spring Gala transformed the Four Seasons Resort into an enchanted forest complete with moving trees, dancing fairies and mystical surprises. Guests were invited to sip, dine and enjoy entertainment by international recording artist Alexander Star on Friday, March 9th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The magical evening provided much needed funding for Palm Beach County’s only nonprofit crisis hotline and community helpline.
It was a breathtaking evening of dinner and dancing, delicious cocktails, live performances, sensory entertainment and much more. The gala, lived up to its promise to be the organization’s most successful to date, with 215 in attendance and exceeding their goal of $150,000. With the support from its committee, which has taken on many of Palm Beach society’s young up-and-coming notables, the gala has quickly become one of the most talked about events of the season.
Long-time Board Member and 211 HelpLine esteemed volunteer, John Deese, was honored at this year’s gala. Deese is the President of Guardians Credit Union and has been involved with the organization for nearly 40 years. His commitment to 211 is unrivaled and spans a variety of roles, starting with his volunteering with 211 in the 1970’s, to serving as the Chairman of the Board three separate times. Deese is the epitome of what volunteerism stands for and his recognition will be focused on the importance of volunteering in the community and the great things that can happen through collaboration and cooperation.
211 HelpLine’s “An Enchanted Tale” adventure featured WPTV NewsChannel 5’s Meteorologist Felicia Combs as the Master of Ceremonies. It also included a surprise musical performance by Palm Beach County State Attorney, Dave Aronberg, and Chief Assistant State Attorney, Al Johnson.
Presenting Sponsor for the night was the Samuel J. & Connie M. Frankino Foundation.
The Event’s Sponsors Include: Florida Crystals, GL Homes, Florida Power & Light, Hardrives Inc., Carol & Joe Rosetti, Ms. Elaine Schuster, PNC Bank, US Bank, Swift Law, Treatment Management Co., Table 26 Palm Beach, Mike Sipe Entertainment, Guardians Credit Union, TD Bank, Northway Brewing Co., Palm Beach Social Diary, The Palm Beach Post and WPTV News Channel 5.
The 211 HelpLine Spring Gala Committee Members: Trent and Jessica Swift (Chairpersons), Ed Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros (Host Committee Chairmen), Alicia Hager, Bijan Whelton, Chris Callahan, Diane Jehle, Greg Halmos, Jacob Busch, Molly Raimondi, Nick Spinelli, Ray Ellis, Sally Ann Nisberg, Sarah Gay, Taniel Shant, and Taylor Materio.
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October 19th-This inaugural Lifeline Luncheon’s mission was to shed light on the heroin/opioid epidemic that is ravaging our county, while raising much needed funds for 211 HelpLine. As Palm Beach County’s centralized access point for information, 211 HelpLine sees the importance of being on the frontline of issues that are plaguing our community.
Funds raised by the Lifeline Luncheon support the 24/7 operation of our Resource Center, which provides information, guidance and referrals to individuals in crisis. As it relates to this growing epidemic, the statistics are staggering – nearly twice EVERY DAY, a heroin-related or fentanyl overdose claims the life of a man, woman or teenager in Palm Beach County, which is more than fatal traffic accidents and almost double the number of homicides.
The event featured a powerful lineup of Speakers including: KeyNote Speaker Christopher Kennedy Lawford, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Christine Stapleton of The Palm Beach Post and Shannon Thompson Jones (CBS 12’s “Ask Shannon”).
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211 HelpLine's Non-Profit Awards, Jewels of the Treasure Coast Luncheon
On May 18th, nearly 200 community-minded individuals including nonprofit organizations, their leaders, board members, and volunteers joined together at the Santa Lucia River Club for 211 HelpLine's Non-Profit Awards, Jewels of the Treasure Coast Luncheon. The event served as an opportunity to honor and reward organizations and individuals who work tirelessly to help those in need in the community.
The event was emcee'd by WPTV NewChannel 5's Michael Williams and was sponsored by Publix SuperMarket, PNC Bank, Florida Power & Light, Guardians Credit Union, Florida Community Bank, KE Insurance Agency and Magellan Complete Care. Guests were also treated with a dynamic keynote speech by Andrew Treadwell, the Administrative Director of Legislative & Executive Communications at Indian River State College.
After guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, the winners were announced in nine categories.
- Indian River County, Organization of the Year: Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- St. Lucie County, Organization of the Year: Hibiscus Children's Center
- Okeechobee County, Organization of the Year: Martha's House
- Martin County, Organization of the Year: The Salvation Army of Martin County
- Rising Star of the Year: Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative
- Animal Welfare Organization of the Year: Humane Society of St. Lucie County
- Non-Profit Volunteer of the Year: Cindy Davenhall, American Cancer Society
- Non-Profit Board Member of the Year: Richard Del Toro, Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie
- Non-Profit Leader of the Year: Jeffrey Shearer, Tykes & Teens
The applications were rated by a panel of judges - Terissa Aronson (St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce), Vicki Davis (Martin County Supervisor of Elections), Darcy Flierl (Counselor & Consultant), Eric Flowers (Indian River County's Sheriff's Office), Jessica Parish (United Way of St. Lucie County), and Brady Talley (Indian River State College).