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SARASOTA – The Florida Center for Early Childhood will host its 34th Annual Winter Gala: Lighting the Way at Michael’s On East on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
The event, formerly known as Festival of Trees, is the organization’s primary fundraiser, helping to ensure services are available for over 3,500 children and families annually.
Guests attending the winter gala will enjoy a gourmet dinner, chance drawing, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by the band Ovation, all for a very worthy cause.
The silent auction, which is open to the public, will go live on Black Friday (November 26). There is something for everyone with exciting packages featuring some of the area’s best restaurants, spas, sports, entertainment and unique experiences.
“We are so glad to be celebrating the successes of our children and families with this fun event,” said Florida Center CEO Dr. Kristie Skoglund. “Even those not attending in person can participate through online options. Our supporters can feel good knowing all proceeds benefit the children and families we serve.”
The live auction will feature a private Happy Hour Cruise for 20, a John Lennon statue created by esteemed sculptor Jack Dowd, a week stay in Key West, the organization’s signature Wall of Wine, and more!
New this year is an opportunity to recognize people who have been lights in your life with a $25 donation. Each “Luminary” will have their name showcased in a light display at the event, on our website and on social media.
“We all have people in our lives who really helped us become who we are,” said Skoglund. “This opportunity to recognize them with a small donation will provide a brighter tomorrow for children with special needs.”
To participate in the event or contribute, please visit www.TFCWinterBenefit.org.
About the Florida Center for Early Childhood:
For more than 40 years, The Florida Center for Early Childhood has been the leading provider of therapeutic services, early education and healthy development for young children in southwest Florida, offering a seamless delivery of services for the whole child and their family. Today, the agency is nationally recognized for its early childhood expertise in a variety of specialties. The Florida Center provides developmental therapies, mental health counseling, Starfish Academy preschool, the Healthy Families home-visiting program, and the state’s only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders clinic.