We were thrilled to be a part of the 2018 Express Conference at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. One of our very own Little Smiles stars, Amanda, was the guest judge for the team-building activity where teams from Express built ten-foot-tall marionettes out of cardboard and pvc pipes. Amanda was delighted to see the progress and even helped design of some of the teams puppets. She chose the impressive Michael Jackson puppet for first place, Celeste the Unicorn in second, and Bikini Babe in third. Thank you so much for having us and for your your generous $5,000 donation to Little Smiles.
It was a beautiful day for the 18th Annual Little Smiles Golf Tournament presented by FITTEAM. Chili’s Grill & Bar was there with cold margaritas and Ruth’s Chris served up delicious sliders. North Palm Beach Bahama Bucks handed out cold, delicious snow for our kids from the Paley Institute and Real Life Ranch.
Special guests spoke on our behalf and the Jupiter Christian School Choir was there to serenade guests. We were honored to share the green with our pal Tommy Morrissey, seven-year-old golf prodigy from Palm Beach Gardens. Tommy gave lessons to Little Smiles children from local hospitals, shelters and other facilities.
Golfers had a blast playing the Champion Course at PGA National and then hanging with Little Smiles for the awards dinner. Thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers and amazing volunteers for making the 18th Annual Little Smiles Golf Tournament a tremendous success! Thank you for bringing the smiles!
THANK YOU Stiles and Legacy Place Shops for your incredibly generous donation to Little Smiles! We are so grateful to be included as the beneficiary of this year’s Fork & Cork event. We had a wonderful experience working together on this unique community event.
The St. Clare Catholic School Fishing Tournament benefiting Little Smiles provided a special day out for 17 of our past stars, patients and kids in foster care! Each child had a chance to reel in some big fish off the docks of Sailfish Marina and took home their very own fishing pole. Our past star Aron caught the biggest fish of the tournament and won first prize with his 40-plus-pound wahoo! There were HUGE little smiles all around!
Thank you FITTEAM for supporting Little Smiles and rolling out the red carpet for our stars. We will see you again soon at the 18th Annual Little Smiles Golf Tournament presented by FITTEAM!
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.”