Little Smiles is honored to welcome Robin Colvin as our newest board member. Robin is the owner of Platinum Title Insurers in North Palm Beach. In her own words, here is why Robin decided to get involved with Little Smiles…
When I learned about Little Smiles from my long-term friend and colleague Chip Lubeck, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to be a part of this amazing organization.
My strong desire to be part of Little Smiles stemmed from my love of children and was also based on close personal experience. In my early 40s, I was diagnosed with cancer, and I am now a survivor of eight years.
I will say, regardless of age, cancer and other serious or terminal illnesses affect not only the patient, but the entire family.
Little Smiles works directly with nurses, who, in my opinion, are heroes in their own right. The nurses and other caregivers on the “front lines” know what their patients need and often bond with the children and families they encounter. They know how to deliver a smile with a slice of pizza, stuffed animal, use of an iPad, or an experience that creates a happy memory. It is such an honor to uplift a child and perhaps bring a moment of comfort to their family.
I love that Little Smiles includes siblings and families in the care process and works to provide assistance for all involved. It is important that any serious illness is fought together, as a family. I am blessed to be part of an organization dedicated to giving, loving and honoring families that are affected in such a way.
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Nicole Grossmayer to the Little Smiles family as our new executive director.
Nicole has been in the nonprofit field for 10 years and has worked with both national and local organizations, including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach. She is excited to bring her varied background in donor cultivation, event execution, and sponsorship acquisition to the Little Smiles team.
“I have been a fan of Little Smiles for years now, and am thrilled to play a role in providing opportunities for kids to still be kids while going through unimaginable times,” says Nicole.
When not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband Seth, their dogs Lola and Dahlia, and cat, Lucy.
Please give Nicole a warm welcome when you see her out and about at our Little Smiles events around town. We are so grateful to have her as part of a team!
Our very generous friend Vanilla Ice stopped by Palms West Hospital today to meet some of children and families Little Smiles helps. What a great way to celebrate his $25,000 donation from Celebrity Family Feud -pizza and toys for the entire pediatric unit!
“Kids are kids and they want to enjoy being a kid no matter what’s going on in their lives,” said Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice). “If you can put a smile on their face for a brief moment, it’s worth its weight in gold.”
We were thrilled to join our friends at TAMCO Group and City Electric Supply (CES) for the groundbreaking ceremony of their new state-of-the-art facility and Tradition Loop Road in City of Port St. Lucie on September 13.
TAMCO/CES is the largest privately operated business in Port St. Lucie. This new 400,000-square-foot facility will not only help them grow, but also provide infrastructure to create even more opportunity. This project helps to diversify the local economy and expand the competitive business environment in Port St. Lucie. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Enterprise Florida, Inc. and the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County were out there to mark the occasion as well.
Congrats TAMCO Group! We can’t wait to see what the future brings!
There is no way we can possibly express how much we appreciate our Little Smiles volunteers! They are the amazing humans who make all of the smiles happen.
We were happy to celebrate our incredible volunteers on September 9, at the Little Smiles Volunteer Bash at Carlin Park in Jupiter. We played games, ate delicious food and spent quality time with volunteers, friends and family. We also got the chance to honor our volunteers with awards and gifts.
It was a blast. Park Avenue Barbeque and Grill, Enovation Brands and Lagunitas Brewing generously donated the food and beverages for our party!