Hundreds to ‘SleepOut’ to raise awareness for homelessness
On April 11, hundreds will gather with The Lord’s Place for the seventh annual “SleepOut” at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtownWest Palm Beach.
Those attending will enjoy a program of live musical performances, kids’ activities and a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Testimonials and a candlelight commitment ceremony will continue until 9 p.m., when a film about homelessness will be projected on a giant screen. At 11 p.m., lights will go out as guests sleep outside to experience, just for a night, what those on the street endure daily.
“’SleepOut’ is the great equalizer,” explained The Lord’s Place CEO Diana Stanley. “No matter what your station in life, it is a life changing experience to come together and sleep outside to better understand what our homeless brothers and sister and their children endure when they are without at home. ‘SleepOut’ spurs us all to do everything we can to provide comprehensive and effective services at The Lord’s Place so that we can help those we serve return to a life of productivity and prosperity. For many in our community, homelessness is just a lost job or a lost lease away. It touches so many and we are uniting at ‘SleepOut’ to help them.”
The event will end April 12 at 7 a.m.
“The real impact of ‘SleepOut’ happens when we go home and realize how fortunate we are to have a place to call our own when so many don’t have this most basic of needs met,” said Jack Scarola, who helped start The Lord’s Place more than 30 years ago by sleeping outside on the steps of St. Ann’s Church to call attention to the issue of homelessness. Three generations of the Scarola family will participate in this year’s “SleepOut.”
Restrooms and security are provided on site and food will be available for purchase, provided by The Lord’s Place Café Joshua Catering.
The registration fee is $25 and participants are asked to raise additional pledges. For more information, call 561-537-4660 or visit www.thelordsplace.org/ sleepout.
Sponsors for the event include Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, Braman Motorcars, Brinkley Morgan, Royal Poinciana Chapel, Florida Power & Light Co., Braman Motorcars, Gehring Group, Recovery Associates, Republic Services Palm Beach, Bella Construction, Medallion Decorating Center of Deerfield Beach, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Susan Keenan and The Downtown Development Authority, Cheney Brothers, ESPN Radio, Home Depot, Gordon Foods, R.E.A.C.H. Radio, Starbucks Coffee and The Tablecloth Company.