Little Smiles and AWE Offer Scholarships to Local Women

Little Smiles and AWE Offer Scholarships to Local Women

Little Smiles is teaming up with the Alliance of Women Executives (AWE) of Palm Beach County to offer two $1,500 scholarships to local young women who plan on entering the medical field. Applicants must be graduating from a Palm Beach County high school and plan on attending Palm Beach State College or Florida Atlantic University.

“AWE is proud to collaborate with Little Smiles,” said AWE President Vicki Tate. “Two nonprofits working together is a win-win. These young women are our future healthcare workers and may be future Little Smiles partners.”

This year, AWE is offering 10 total scholarships. In addition to the two Little Smile scholarships, AWE offers eight additional $1,500 scholarships to young women pursuing any area of study. Women graduating from any Palm Beach County high school who are planning to attend Palm Beach State College or Florida Atlantic University can apply.

Recipients of all 10 scholarships must meet the requirements, which are listed on the AWE website. Scholarship applications and additional information can be found at www.aweinc.org/scholarship. Applications are due April 5. An awards ceremony will take place April 23, in Jupiter.

The mission of the Alliance of Women Executives (AWE) is to bring executive, professional and entrepreneurial women together to share business experience and knowledge as well as promote higher education for the next generation of young women in Palm Beach County. Learn more at www.aweinc.org.

 

Little Smiles Shines a Spotlight on Local Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Little Smiles Shines a Spotlight on Local Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Some very special local children had their night to shine on February 9, at the 14th Annual Little Smiles Stars Ball presented by Florida Public Utilities. The gala, held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, benefits Little Smiles of Florida, a local nonprofit organization that helps bring smiles to the faces of children in hospitals, shelters and other facilities.

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.

“This evening is truly all about the kids,” said Little Smiles Executive Director Nicole Grossmayer. “From the fanfare of the red carpet and personal award presentations to the kids-only beverage station and candy cart raid, the Stars Ball is considerately designed to provide a night of celebration and respite for our ‘stars’ and their families.”

Downtown West Palm Beach was abuzz with Hollywood glamour as the “stars” hit the red carpet escorted by Palm Beach County Sheriff deputies and West Palm Beach police officers. More than 400 guests participated in the spectacle as the “stars” signed autographs, hugged family members, and posed for photos. Artist Pasta Pantaleo created a painting live at the gala. It was purchased at the auction later in the evening.

Guests were treated to a night of opulence as they participated in a once-in-a-lifetime experience celebrating these young “stars.” Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington from WRMF’s “The KVJ Show” emceed the high-energy event, which also included dinner, live music, award presentations, silent auction, live auction and much more.

Due 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.

“Florida Public Utilities had the pleasure of being the presenting sponsor for this year’s Little Smiles Stars Ball,” said Florida Public Utilities Operations Administrative Supervisor Kelly Monaco. “Our brand values are reflected in Little Smiles, with their personal connections to the community and their relentless perseverance to help any children in need. We strive to partner with organizations that make an impact on the lives of families within our service territory. Each year we become more invested in the organization and the very special ‘stars’ they connect us with. Florida Public Utilities is proud to say we support Little Smiles and the meaningful impact they make daily.”

Little Smiles also keeps the “stars” and their families connected with a variety of activities throughout the year.

Check out the 2019 Stars Ball Photo Gallery.

Stars Ball Featured on WPBF

Stars Ball Featured on WPBF

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.

14th Annual Stars Ball Treats Local Children  to a Night of Hollywood Glamour

14th Annual Stars Ball Treats Local Children to a Night of Hollywood Glamour

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.”

Holiday Toy Drive Begins!

Holiday Toy Drive Begins!

From now until December 25, Little Smiles is partnering with area companies, civic groups and caring neighbors just like you to collect toys and donations for children in need. Santa and his elves will be working overtime to bring thousands of smiles to every corner of our community.

With your donation, we can make sure that every local child in need receives a gift of love during the holidays!

We have officially kicked off our 2019 Holiday Toy Drive. Find out how you can get involved!