Village Voice Spring 2012
Men with Caring Hearts
SOS Nominates Volunteer Tom White for Award
SOS Children’s Villages – Florida has nominated Tom White, Region President of Florida, Maryland and Washington DC for Republic National Distribution Company, for his continued commitment to giving back to our community through the CMAA Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the kids at SOS. Over the past several years, the tournament has raised more than $1.4 million to benefit the kids at SOS. “Tom’s continued support of the annual CMAA Charity Golf Tournament since 2004 has been instrumental in raising much-needed funds to benefit the foster kids at SOS,” says Jay DiPietro, Chairman of the CMAA Golf Tournament, SOS Board member, and last year’s recipient of the Men with Caring Hearts Outstanding Male Volunteer award.
Under Tom’s leadership, Republic National donates $15,000 worth of toys each year for South Florida’s neediest children. Mr. White was most recently seen at the Village Marti & Tom White in December personally delivering holiday gifts to the kids and was instrumental in securing his company to donate all of the alcoholic beverages for this year’s SOS Hope and Home Gala in April. Tom and his wife Marti, along with their three children, are often at the Village lending a hand whenever needed. In addition to all of his work for SOS, he gives his time and energy to the Red Cross of Palm Beach County and has done so with pride and enthusiasm.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
New Casino Expansion Includes One New Roof for SOS The Seminole Nation has been a partner and supporter of SOS Florida since they opened their Coconut Creek Casino thirteen years ago. They invited SOS to their grand opening celebration in 2000 and gifted our Village with a first-time contribution of $20,000. Since then, they have donated food to the Village, been a ongoing gala sponsor, and named SOS the beneficiary of events at the casino at least once a year. SOS Volunteers Lisa Pechter, Lisa Guarini, Coconut Creek Mayor Lou Sarbone, SOS Interim CEO Debbie Levine, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek President Steven Bonner and “Extreme Makeover” star Ty Pennington celebrate the casino expansion with a presentation to the children of SOS.
This past February, the Casino opened their newest expansion which includes more gaming, new restaurants, an entertainment venue and a parking garage to their already sprawling property. Our family was invited to their opening celebration and once again received a generous donation of $20,000 to provide a new roof for one of our homes. We thank them for their continuing support.
Winter at SOS Family Memories
Top Left: CMAA Seminole Region Golf Tournament Chair and SOS Board Member Jay DiPietro and wife Sharon present their annual donation to a wideeyed home of boys at Boca West.
Our family thanks our good friends and neighbors who help make childhood special at SOS.
Top Right: Volunteer groups brightened our children’s season all holiday long, including a visit from Santa.
Left bottom corner: The International Fellowship of Hunting and Fishing Rotarians Top Middle: The Club Managers gifted our families this year with a of CMAA make their annual weekend long retreat at the Elks holiday visit to SOS to deliver Camp in Umatilla, FL. Thirty of toys to each home. our children and staff hit the road and spent a thrilling weekend of outdoor activities to promote family bonding.
Bottom Right: SOS Board President Lou Sarbone invited Village Circle Donors and friends to the annual President’s Reception hosted this year at the Coconut Creek Community Center. This year’s celebration also honored Charter Auxiliary Volunteers who helped our Village grow and thrive in the early years and paved the way for today’s volunteers to make a difference in the lives of our children.
and Home April 21, 2012 Mercedes-Benz of Delray Gala Join Us For One Night To Make a Difference SOS invites friends and neighbors to change the life of a foster child with just one night at the annual Hope and Home Gala celebration. This year the party will be held at Mercedes-Benz of Delray on Saturday, April 21, 2012 where the evening promises an experience to remember. The party kicks off at 7pm with a red carpet walk. Cocktails, gourmet appetizers and the hot sounds of New York City spin master DJ Lina Bradford rev up the excitement for the evening and get your blood pumping just in time for a bidding frenzy for exclusive purchases and once in a lifetime experiences during a fast-paced auction. Then the doors re-open for clubbing, delicious dining and casino games. There’s something for everyone and new surprises await you around every corner. Tickets are $175 per person. Guests pre-purchasing tickets before March 31st will receive $25 in free chips for casino play. Funds raised help SOS provide basic needs, childhood activities as well as vital services like therapy, tutoring and life skills for the 72 boys and girls who call the Village home.
Sponsored By Caring Friends of the Children Fund Mercedes-Benz of Delray ♠ AutoNation Konica-Minolta Business Solutions ♣ Seawood Builders Life Publications ♥ Seminole Casino Coconut Creek NCCI Holdings ♦ Lisa and David Goodman Republic National Distribution ♠ Digital Images Group JM Family Enterprises ♣ Fritch Foundation Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk
Tickets Available online at www.sosFlorida.com
Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament SOS is pleased to announce the Presenting Sponsor for the April 2012 Hope and Home Gala - The Club Managers Association of America, Florida Chapter Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament Committee, affectionately known as CMAA. For the eighth year in a row, CMAA, headed by Committee Chairman and SOS Board member Jay DiPietro, has committed to sponsorship of the event to help ensure the children of SOS have a hopeful future. Watch for details on CMAA’s amazing golf tournament coming up on June 10-11 at Boca West Country Club.
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