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.”
Little Smiles was lucky enough to get to hang out on PGA property twice in February!
Little Smiles was chosen as the beneficiary for PGA Ladies Night Out on February 15. Ladies! What an amazing night of shopping, chocolate martinis, raffles and prizes at the PGA National Resort & Spa with our favorite lady Virginia Sinicki!
Then, we got to swing around with our friends at the Honda Classic! Did you know the Honda Classic supports Little Smiles and many other children’s charities? Funds from their Birdies for Children and grant programs make amazing things happen for local kids year round. We are so proud to partner with them for this incredible event!
We kicked off 2018 with cold beer and good cheer at our first Friend Raiser of the year on February 7. We had a blast hanging with our smilemakers at DAS Beer Garden in the Abacoa Town Center talking about what Little Smiles is up to. Get ready for a new year full of fun events!
On December 19, we spent an unbelievable evening with the patients and staff of the Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center experiencing the impact of the Little Smiles Toy Drive. Paley Institute patients and their families celebrated the holidays together with dinner, crafts and cookie decorating. Then Santa delivered more than 160 toys to patients and their siblings.