Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Skillman

Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Skillman

To know her, is to love her! Donna has been with Little Smiles for just over a year now as one of our most valued volunteers. When she told us her goal for 2019 was to volunteer 100 hours at Little Smiles, we gladly accepted! If there is any event, big or small, Donna is there with a smile on her face, ready to serve! We are so grateful that during Stars Ball she stepped up to take the position of lead volunteer. We could never do what we do without wonderful people like Donna, sharing her time with us to help Little Smiles deliver our mission. Thank you Donna and all of our amazing volunteers!

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.”

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at Quantum House

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at Quantum House

We were able throw a glorious Alice in Wonderland Tea Party for our friends at Quantum House on August 1. Alice herself stopped by to lead the children down the rabbit hole and into wonderland where they so much fun sipping tea and nibbling special treats.

Thank you Serenity Garden Tea House & Cafe for the curious treats and potions. Thanks to our friends at Capital One for all of your help serving tea and playing games. The young patients staying at the Quantum House for treatment had so much fun sipping tea and nibbling special treats.