The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s (LLF) Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend took place on March 16 to 18, 2017 culminating with the Hearts & Stars Gala: Mystic Dreams, which was held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at a private waterfront mansion on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida. LLF assists children and families in South Florida who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. LLF’s support is derived from recruiting and educating passionate, caring, socially conscious volunteers and utilizing them to support LLF programming and beneficiary charities. LLF currently has over 2,000 volunteers, 24 proprietary programs, over 450 volunteer opportunities at 12 partner facilities, and in 2016 impacted the lives of over 4,000 underserved children.
The Hearts and Stars Gala: Mystic Dreams themed party hosted 750 guests for a top shelf open bar featuring Ketel One Vodka, Casa Nobles Tequila, Oak & Cane Rum, Larceny Bourbon, Nysus Beer, and Italian sparkling wines from Tita Italia Wines & Delicatessen, and food tastings from some of South Florida’s top restaurants including, but not limited to Kaori, C’enzo’s, Ola, and Miami Cake Lounge. In addition, guests enjoyed FIJI water and La Croix sparkling water. Music was provided by Marcos Noel, Patrick Pizzorni, and Willy Monfret.
The Grand Prize for the raffle was a JetSmarter VIP Package valued at over $40,000, which included 2 round trip shuttles on a jet, a private yacht charter, five-night stay at a mansion in Park City, Utah, and a private in-home dinner for 10 by Chef Walter Martino and much more!
The Little Lighthouse Foundation Shining Light Award was presented to Justin Keener of JMJ Financial, a community member who embodies the spirit of philanthropy and significantly furthers LLF’s mission. LLF also presented its Volunteer of the Year award to Loren Psaltis, who is an upstanding member of the community and relentlessly donates her time to better the circumstances of those less fortunate. The evening’s Keener Matching Grant program brought multiple donors onto the “Stage of Legends”, raising $100,000 towards Little Lighthouse Foundation programming. Official sponsors for the Hearts & Stars Gala include Haute Living and Carma Connected. The official After Party was held at Ora Nightclub.
As part of the Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend, LLF hosted two additional events: the Hearts & Stars Gala Opening Party on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at The Deck at Island Gardens from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., which included an open bar. The following evening, Friday, March 17, 2017, LLF hosted a private, invite only event for its top donors and supporters at Villa Jasmine, a private waterfront residence in Miami Beach.
ABOUT THE LITTLE LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION
The Little Lighthouse Foundation supports children and their families who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. This support comes through the deployment of LLF’s volunteers and/or select financial contributions. Beneficiaries include children, families, and select child orientated charities throughout South Florida. For more information, visit www.thelittlelighthouse.org.
ABOUT THE HEARTS & STARS GALA WEEKEND
The proceeds from the Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend go to benefit the Little Lighthouse Foundation and its programming. Additional information about the weekend, the Opening Party and the Gala can be obtained at www.heartsandstarsgala.com. In order to attend the Gala, guests are currently required to make a $200.00 donation to the Little Lighthouse Foundation, and this will increase until the event is sold out. A $50.00 donation to the Little Lighthouse Foundation is required to attend the Opening Party.
Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend VIP Packages are also available and includes a VIP table for 10 at the Hearts & Stars Gala on March 18, 2017 featuring unlimited bottles service all night. This is for nightclub style seating. The package also includes (4) tickets to the Hearts & Stars Opening Party at The Deck at Island Gardens on March 16th, 2016 and (4) bands to the VIP Donor Reception on March 17th, 2017 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. at a private waterfront residence in Miami Beach. VIP Packages are currently available for those who make a $5,000 donation to the Little Lighthouse Foundation and can be reserved by emailing Jonathan Babicka at Jonathan@TheLittleLighthouse.org, or by calling him at 305-401-3949. You can also contact Mr. Babicka about tickets, sponsorship or to learn more about the Little Lighthouse Foundation.