Don't miss your chance to get the final seats remaining for a night in the City of LightFewer than 20 seats remain available with only two week left before the curtain rises on United for Families' Fourth Annual Toyota of Stuart Le Bal Masque.
Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to do so online at www.unitedforfamilies.org this week. The deadline to reserve seats is October 18.
"We have reservations for 185," said Christina Kaiser, United for Families Community Relations Director. "Typically, we get a rush of calls the last two weeks before the event."
This year's event will kick off the agency's new Le Bal Masque travel series, in which each year will see a new exotic locale for the gala.
The first stop of the series is Paris ~ the City of Light. Guests will walk through a provincial French marketplace, enjoy a champagne bar and wine with dinner, a traditional French, five-course meal, live and silent auctions and have the opportunity to win a beautiful $8,500 necklace handcrafted by this year's gala committee chair, Terry Rieger, owner of Diamonds by Terry.
Items available in the auction include original works of art by both the Highwaymen and Julia Kelly, as well as a fishing trip to the Bahamas.
Seats are $125. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. at Willoughby Golf Club, in Stuart. Please visit us online at www.unitedforfamilies.org or call 398-2920 for more information.
John Romano, Chad Collins, Doug Borrie and Sean Boyle stop for a coffee and water break during the recent Treasure Coast Advocay Coaltion Legislative Summit. Members of the coalition met during the summit to prioritize legislative issues.
Lisa Olds, new president of TCAC, addresses the room at the start of the summit.
Elizabeth Barbella, of the Martin County Children's Services Council, and United for Families Chief Operating Officer Chad Collins pause for a quick picture during the summit.
Ollie Harvey, United for Families permanency director, recently celebrated her fifth year as a United for Families employee.
United for Families volunteers spent several hours October 8 creating beautiful masks to sell for Le Bal Masque.
The group of volunteers includes, from back left, Stevie Savage, Darlene West, Beverly Shapiro and, in front, Jennifer Lipscomb.
Jennifer hot-glues a special seashell-designed mask.
Stevie Savage works on a mask.
A box of pennies is brought in during the final moments of Penny Wars to sabatoge Team Saboteurs.
Pictured here is Team Saboteurs.
Tara Jempty, center, of the Saboteurs.
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- United for Families staff participated in a two-week long project to help raise money for the local United Way campaign.
Four teams participated in "Penny Wars" - the Saboteurs, Devels, Udonate and Pixies. The idea was to defeat opposing teams by filling their specially designated penny jars with cash or silver, while simultaneously filling your own with pennies.
The Devels, led by Team Captain Christina Kaiser, won the day, while the Pixies, led by Bruce Roder, was thoroughly defeated by collecting the most cash.
In total, United for Families staff raised $4,220 for the United Way.
- Volunteers participated in a special mask-making workshop October 8, and produced more than 30 hand-crafted masks.
Five different styles of masks are available, including some designed for men.
The masks, which are part of United for Families' Toyota of Stuart Le Bal Masque preparation, are on sale now for $15. They also will be available the night of the gala. Proceeds from the sale of masks will be used to help support the Road to Success program, which prepares teens and young adults for life outside foster care.
- United for Families Community Resource Coordinator Lea Tate is now taking reservations for the 10th annual Adopt a Family program.
The project pairs foster homes with businesses, social groups and individuals in the community who want to help make the holidays a little brighter for children in foster care. Foster homes must register to participate.
Please call Mrs. Tate at (772) 519-1700 for more information.
- Do you have a little one interested in science, problem solving or fighting crime? Then bring them to the Elliott Museum, November 7, for a special Crime Scene Investigation project specially designed for grade-school children.
The project is being coordinated by the Elliott Museum and the Martin County Sheriff's Office and uses stuffed animals and other non-threatening props to teach children the basic mechanics of investigation.
For more information, please visit www.elliottmuseumfl.org.
- United for Families will present its first Community Service Award to Stop the Tears October 24, 2009, during the Toyota of Stuart Le Bal Masque.
The organization has awarded local dependency case managers during the event for two years and decided to expand the awards presentation to include a special member of the community whose contributions have help improve the local child-welfare system.
The award will be presented annually from now on and will be renamed to honor the recipient of the first year's winner.
- Special behind-the-scenes tours of United for Families and the local child-welfare system are provided monthly to anyone interested in learning more about the advances in local child welfare.
The tours, called If These Walls Could Talk, are at 10 a.m. every second Friday. Please call 398-2920 Ext. 298 to reserve a spot.
The next tour is Friday, November 13.