Celebrating Pediatric Nurses Week

Celebrating Pediatric Nurses Week

Did you know that October 1-5 was Pediatric Nurses Week? Here at Little Smiles we never miss an opportunity to show our nurses gratitude. During this week, with the help of our Little Smiles volunteers, we delivered gifts to more than 600 nurses in pediatric hospitals from Miami to Fort Pierce. It’s a small token of appreciation for all of the amazing work pediatric nurses do every single day.

Welcome Nicole Grossmayer!

Welcome Nicole Grossmayer!

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!

 

TAMCO Group Breaks Ground on New Facility in Port St. Lucie

TAMCO Group Breaks Ground on New Facility in Port St. Lucie

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 OpportunityEnterprise 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!

We Love Our Volunteers!

We Love Our Volunteers!

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 GrillEnovation Brands and Lagunitas Brewing generously donated the food and beverages for our party!

Vanilla Ice Wins $25,000 for Little Smiles

Vanilla Ice Wins $25,000 for Little Smiles

Rapper, DIY Network star and Palm Beach County resident Vanilla Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, made his “Celebrity Family Feud” debut Sunday, Aug. 26, winning $25,000 for Little Smiles!

Vanilla Ice teamed up with his daughter Dusti Rain Van Winkle, his sister, nephew and niece against actress and director Kim Fields and her family.

“We are incredibly grateful to have Rob Van Winkle as an advocate for Little Smiles,” says Little Smiles President Chip Lubeck. “He’s a local, and he sees first-hand the difference Little Smiles makes in our community. He believes in our mission to give kids the chance to be kids during difficult times.”

His donation, and every donation we receive, goes to help children right here in South Florida – to put smiles on the faces of kids in hospitals, group homes, shelters and other facilities. With pizza parties, end-of-chemo celebrations, video games and toys to help kids get through hospital stays, and more.

“Vanilla ice has been kind enough to work with Little Smiles for many, many years now,” says Little Smiles Vice President Virginia Sinicki. “But this brings our relationship to a whole new level. And we are THRILLED!!! Not only did he get us national exposure on television, but he also gifted Little Smiles his $25,000 winnings. We were all watching the show on the edge of our seats. I don’t think I’ve ever screamed so loudly at the television! I love Tootie from Facts of Life, but I was cheering for her to blow it!!”

Read more about Vanilla Ice’s donation to Little Smiles in the Sun-Sentinel.

Little Smiles Throws “Christmas in July” Celebration

Little Smiles Throws “Christmas in July” Celebration

Local teens played the roles of Santa’s helpers to bring some holiday spirit to pediatric patients at West Palm Beach’s Quantum House during a “Christmas in July” celebration.

On July 27, Little Smiles organized the party with fresh-baked cookies, a hot chocolate bar, “snowball” fight, crafts and a visit from Santa, complete with gifts for each child.

The patients, who ranged from one year old to 14, came from all over the world to stay at Quantum House, a facility next to St. Mary’s Medical Center where families of sick children can stay during treatment.

“We were looking for a way to get our teen and pre-teen volunteers involved while on summer break,” said Little Smiles Volunteer Coordinator Camie Swinson. “Quantum House immediately came to mind as the perfect setting for a Christmas in July Celebration. It was incredible to see our young volunteers interacting with the children there for treatment. There were smiles everywhere, especially when Santa showed up.