In­spi­ra­tional evening ‘Hope & Home Gala’ cel­e­brates One Vil­lage, One Fam­ily, One Love

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SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages - Florida is cel­e­brat­ing One Vil­lage, One Fam­ily, One Love at the 19th an­nual “Hope & Home Gala.”

The event will take place at 7 p.m. April 30 at Boca West Coun­try Club, 20583 Boca West Drive.

This year’s theme re­flects the chil­dren, house par­ents, staff, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers who come to­gether to cre­ate the unique vil­lage that is home to 70 foster chil­dren.

“The Vil­lage is a place where peo­ple in our com­mu­nity make you feel safe, treat you as their fam­ily and, most of all, show a tremen­dous amount of love for the chil­dren,” said Sharon Dutkiewicz, gala chair. “So, it was an easy choice for this year’s theme. We are truly ‘One Vil­lage, One Fam­ily, One Love.’”

The “Hope & Home Gala” will be an in­spi­ra­tional evening with food and drinks, live and silent auc­tions, en­ter­tain­ment and live mu­sic.

The grand af­fair raises funds each year to sup­port the every­day life and needs of the boys and girls in the Vil­lage. Just as im­por­tant, the funds help pro­vide the kids at SOS with child­hood ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences that help them learn, grow and cre­ate happy mem­o­ries.

This year’s gala sup­ports a piv­otal child­hood ex­pe­ri­ence by giv­ing guests the op­por­tu­nity to spon­sor send­ing a foster child to sum­mer camp. For the foster kids at SOS, camp is more than hav­ing a place to go to have fun dur­ing the sum­mer. Camp helps them build con­fi­dence and courage while try­ing new things. It helps them learn new skills and dis­cover who they are. Most im­por­tantly, camp is the chance for kids to build new and last­ing friend­ships.

Tick­ets are $250. For in­for­ma­tion, call 954-794-0150 or visit www.ho­pe­and­home­gala.org.

Tali Is­rael, left, Laura Sny­der, Ch­eryl Storm and Rachelle Gins­berg

Jil­lian Smath, left, Michelle Homoky, Heather Boro­diak and An­gela Fisher

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