Thank you to our friends at WPBF for inviting us over to talk about the 14th Annual Little Smiles Stars Ball. Tickets to the February 9 event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center are available for a few more days. We are expecting more than 400 guests to come celebrate with us this year! Don’t miss out! Visit littlesmilesfl.org/starsball2019 for ticket and sponsorship information.
The 14th Annual Little Smiles Stars Ball will take place Saturday, February 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Downtown West Palm Beach. The gala benefits Little Smiles of Florida, a local nonprofit organization that helps bring smiles to the faces of children in hospitals, shelters and other facilities through events, activities and gifts.
Each year, nurses representing hospitals from Port St. Lucie to Miami partner with Little Smiles to nominate children to receive special recognition at the Stars Ball. The “stars” are chosen for their extraordinary bravery, character and determination. They are treated like celebrities for the day, complete with makeovers, gowns, tuxedos and complete red-carpet treatment.
More than 400 people are expected to attend the annual event, which is modeled after a Hollywood awards ceremony with award distribution, dinner, dancing, live music, silent auction, live auction and more. Kevin, Virginia and Jason from WRMF’s The KVJ Show emcee the event.
The stars make a grand entrance in limos accompanied by West Palm Beach Police and Fire Rescue vehicles. Escorted by Palm Beach County Sheriff deputies and West Palm Beach police officers, the stars walk the red carpet; stop to sign autographs; and pose for photos.
“It is an absolute privilege to put on the 14th Annual Stars Ball to celebrate these extraordinary children,” said Little Smiles Executive Director Nicole Grossmayer. “This night is incredibly meaningful for our stars. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience in which our guests and sponsors get to play a starring role.”
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, funds raised during the Stars Ball will benefit thousands of South Florida children facing devastating circumstances including terminal illness, abandonment and other trauma.
This year, Florida Public Utilities has returned as the presenting sponsor. South Florida businessman Frank Suess and his wife, Herta, will serve as honorary chairs for the event.
“Our big-hearted partners and sponsors truly make this event possible,” said Grossmayer. “They help bring the Little Smiles’ mission to life for this one very special evening. The Stars Ball gives these deserving children and their families the chance to let loose and enjoy the moment.”
PHOTOS BY KRISTEN STEPHENS PHOTOGRAPHY
The 13th Annual Little Smiles Stars Ball took place Saturday, February 24 at 6 p.m. at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace, Downtown West Palm Beach.
Each year, nurses who work with Little Smiles nominate children with life-threatening illnesses to receive special recognition at the Stars Ball. The “stars” are chosen for their extraordinary bravery, character and talent. They are treated like celebrities for the day, complete with makeovers, gowns, tuxedos and complete red-carpet treatment.
The annual event is modeled after a Hollywood awards ceremony with award distribution, dinner, dancing, silent auction and more. Kevin, Virginia and Jason from WRMF’s The KVJ Show hosted the event. “America’s Got Talent” contender Sal Valentinetti was also there for a special performance. At least 300 people attended the event, and hundreds more lined the streets of CityPlace to watch the “stars” walk down the red carpet flocked by paparazzi.
“This is not your typical charity dinner,” says Little Smiles President Chip Lubeck. “The Stars Ball is all about giving these kids a night they will remember forever – a big production to let them know how very special they are. Guests are fortunate participants who get to a play a role in an extraordinary moment in these children’s lives.”
Thanks to the kindness of local businesses and individuals, funds raised during the Stars Ball will benefit thousands of South Florida children facing devastating circumstances including terminal illness, abandonment and other trauma.
This year, Florida Public Utilities signed on as the presenting sponsor. President and CEO of Convergence Technologies, Inc. Marc Kruer and his wife, Beth, served as honorary chairs for the event.
“We are incredibly grateful for our Little Smiles supporters,” Lubeck says. “Our mission truly comes to life at the Stars Ball. These kids, who have been through so much, forget about everything for a while and light up in the moment.”