Hun­dreds to ‘Sleep­Out’ to raise aware­ness for home­less­ness

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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.

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