De­liver the Dream to cel­e­brate 10th an­niver­sary with ‘Denim & Di­a­monds’

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De­liver the Dream, a South Florida-based non­profit that or­ga­nizes re­treat pro­grams for fam­i­lies fac­ing se­ri­ous ill­ness and cri­sis, will cel­e­brate its 10th an­niver­sary with the “Denim & Di­a­monds” gala on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Har­bor Beach Mar­riott Re­sort & Spa in Fort Laud­erdale.

With guests dressed in the com­fort of their best denim, paired with those in for­mal at­tire, this sig­na­ture event will boast new sur­prises, in­clud­ing a caviar-tast­ing bar. As al­ways, the gala will fea­ture an el­e­gant cock­tail re­cep­tion, a de­li­cious din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and plenty of danc­ing. The silent auc­tion will in­clude items such as a Goodyear blimp ride, trip pack­ages and din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

BidPal will host the auc­tion and pro­vide iPod de­vices that al­low guests to view items in a leisurely fash­ion, and in the com­fort of their seats. The de­vices also no­tify guests each time they are out­bid.

The Wheels of Hope “Wagon of Won­der” raf­fle will make its re­turn to the gala, with a Ra­dio Flyer wagon filled with the new­est elec­tron­ics, in­clud­ing a Roomba, a Sam­sung tablet and Beats by Dr. Dre head­phones.

“We are thrilled to be cel­e­brat­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of ’Denim & Di­a­monds.’ Guests who have at­tended this event in the past, know how unique our ef­forts are to pro­vid­ing a full evening of fun and sur­prises, and this year will be no dif­fer­ent,” said Paul Withrow, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “It takes a vil­lage to make our mis­sion pos­si­ble, and the gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­nity helps make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the lives of count­less fam­i­lies in cri­sis.”

“Denim & Di­a­monds” at­tracts more than 400 guests and funds raised will help De­liver the Dream to con­tinue to bring as many as 15 fam­i­lies to­gether at each monthly re­treat.

Each fam­ily that at­tends has a mem­ber (child or par­ent) liv­ing with an ill­ness, such as mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, can­cer, autism, HIV/AIDS, Down syn­drome or cere­bral palsy. The re­treats al­low fam­i­lies to re­lax, en­joy time to­gether, forge new friend­ships and cre­ate sup­port groups with other fam­i­lies in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

When one per­son in a fam­ily is sick, the en­tire fam­ily is im­pacted. The pro­gram serves fam­i­lies and helps them en­hance cop­ing skills, re­duce stress and cul­ti­vate re­la­tion­ships with other fam­i­lies, by com­bin­ing tra­di­tional re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties with ther­a­peu­tic work­shops, peer-to-peer dis­cus­sion groups and ex­pres­sive arts and mu­sic ac­tiv­i­ties. The re­treats are pro­vided at no cost to par­tic­i­pants.

Spon­sors for this year’s gala in­clude Blue­green Va­ca­tions, Coven­try Health Care, an Aetna Com­pany, 22 Squared, BankUnited and Citrix Sys­tems Inc.

Gala tick­ets are $250 per per­son; $450 per cou­ple. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Christie Galeano at 954-564-3512 or visit www.De­liv­

Lori Gionti, left, Jeff Grac­effo, For­est Wil­liams and Amanda Arana

Paul Withrow, left, Justin Stone, David Zalewski and Kelly Phillips

Christie Galeano, left, El­iz­a­beth Coomber and Vene­tia Timm

Ali­son Wiener, left, and James Kar

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