Place of Hope pro­vides ‘Wings’ of sta­bil­ity to adult fos­ter chil­dren

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On Feb. 27, a hangar party will bring to­gether planes, au­to­mo­biles and fash­ion to ben­e­fit young people who age out of fos­ter care, yet still need a place to call home.

Place of Hope at the Haven Cam­pus in western Boca Ra­ton will host “Wings, Wheels & Heels” - a so­cial event fea­tur­ing a live auc­tion of lux­ury recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, live mu­sic, a DJ and tapas from the area’s pop­u­lar restaurants - all tak­ing place at the hangar of Sig­na­ture Flight Sup­port in Boca Ra­ton.

Spon­sored by Lam­borgh­ini Palm Beach, “Wings, Wheels & Heels” will raise funds to cre­ate a cot­tage home es­pe­cially for eman­ci­pated youth, those who age out of fos­ter care, but who still need fam­ily-style sup­port and guid­ance. De­signed in the model of Vil­lages of Hope in Palm Beach, the new cot­tage will be sup­ported by a new pro­gram called Alumni Im­pact Project. The pro­gram will en­cour­age lo­cal alumni of uni­ver­si­ties, fra­ter­ni­ties, soror­i­ties and other in­sti­tu­tions to sup­port the alumni of the fos­ter care sys­tem, pro­vid­ing the youth with a net­work of friends and men­tors.

“Wings, Wheels & Heels” is the first fundraiser to sup­port this new el­e­ment of the new Place of Hope at the Haven Cam­pus, which is an ex­ten­sion of Place of Hope, a fos­ter care com­mu­nity in Palm Beach Gar­dens. The event com­mit­tee is co-chaired by Denise Day and Jennifer Len­toski.

“Each of us on the com­mit­tee has ben­e­fited in some form from be­ing a part of a net­work, whether it is from our fam­ily, school, work or vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions. When a young man or woman ages out of fos­ter care, they typ­i­cally don’t have this kind of cir­cle to lean on,” said Day.

“’Wings, Wheels & Heels’ is a way for us to use our alumni con­nec­tions to cre­ate alumni con­nec­tions for these young people,” added Len­toski. “At Place of Hope at the Haven Cam­pus, they will con­tinue to learn how to be a pro­duc­tive, con­fi­dent adults in a cot­tage set­ting that is safe, nur­tur­ing and fam­ily-ori­ented.”

Tick­ets are $100 per per­son. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Lisa McDulin at 561-483-0962 or visit www.ho­peatthe­haven.org.

Mar­cia Caplen, left, and Sean Caplen

Stu­art Fife, left, and Maria Fife

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