Chil­dren pave their own phil­an­thropic fu­ture at ‘Princess and Pi­rate Ball’

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Kids Help­ing Kids’ sec­ond an­nual “Princess and Pi­rate Ball” will take place Nov. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Polo Club in Wellington. Amie Swan and Abi­gail Beebe will serve as chair­women of this event, and Patty Myura will serve as hon­orary chair. Max Sil­ver­stein and Emma Guer­ri­eri are the des­ig­nated co-chairs of the chil­dren’s com­mit­tee.

Kids Help­ing Kids is a spe­cial pro­gram at The Center for Fam­ily Ser­vices, de­signed to in­crease aware­ness of phi­lan­thropy among youth, while mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the life of another child.

Guests of the ball will en­joy cock­tails and mock­tails, din­ner by the bite, a trea­sure hunt, face paint­ing, games and more. Chil­dren of all ages and their par­ents and/or grand­par­ents are in­vited to at­tend the “Princess and Pi­rate Ball” ca­sual at­tire and themed cos­tumes are en­cour­aged.

Pro­ceeds from the event will be used to sup­port The Pat Reeves Vil­lage Shel­ter that pro­vides life-chang­ing ser­vices to fam­i­lies, with chil­dren who are ei­ther home­less or at-risk for home­less­ness.

The event’s ma­jor spon­sor is PNC Bank. Tick­ets for adults are $150, and $95 for chil­dren. For tick­ets, or spon­sor­ship in­for­ma­tion con­tact Stan­ton Colle­mer at 561-616-1257 or scolle­mer@ctr­fam.org.

The Kids Help­ing Kids pro­gram starts to teach phi­lan­thropy at an early age and teaches chil­dren to help other less for­tu­nate chil­dren through hands-on projects and events. The pro­gram takes place at The Pat Reeves Vil­lage Shel­ter in West Palm Beach, the only emer­gency home­less shel­ter in Palm Beach County for fam­i­lies with chil­dren. Kids Help­ing Kids, started in 2012, has pro­grams and events through­out the year, in­clud­ing a monthly fam­ily night at the shel­ter. Some of the many ways chil­dren, along with their par­ents, can help and par­tic­i­pate through Kids Help­ing Kids in­clude: mak­ing Wel­come Bas­kets for new res­i­dents of the shel­ter with ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties; do­nat­ing to the Food Pantry at the shel­ter; vol­un­teer­ing as a Shel­ter Buddy, which in­cludes story time, arts and crafts, as well as an op­por­tu­nity to help build a gar­den at the shel­ter.

The Center for Fam­ily Ser­vices is a 51-year-old non­profit so­cial ser­vices or­ga­ni­za­tion. Its mis­sion is to strengthen fam­i­lies through coun­sel­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and home­less in­ter­ven­tion. The agency pro­vides a full spec­trum of ser­vices for home­less fam­i­lies with chil­dren and fam­i­lies at risk for home­less­ness; sub­stance abuse treat­ment pro­grams; and spe­cial­ized ther­apy for chil­dren who are vic­tims of sex­ual abuse and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ctr­fam.org.

Shay Swan, left, and Jack Swan

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