‘Jeans & Jewels’ Gala Draws More than 600 to Support Kids

Emanuele Cardaci, Jodi Cardaci, Karen Marrero, Roger Marrero, Michelle Grande, Chris Grande

Emanuele Cardaci, Jodi Cardaci, Karen Marrero, Roger Marrero, Michelle Grande and Chris Grande

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – It was a comfortable yet elegant scene welcoming more than 600 guests to “Jeans & Jewels: Palm Beach Nights,” an evening supporting Place of Hope and its work helping Palm Beach County’s foster children.

As a special nod to the “jewels” part of the theme, Raymond Lee Jewelers, which donated 20% of the evening’s sales to Place of Hope, installed a full jewelry case in the reception area. During the silent auction, guests were able to try on and purchase various items.

Nicole Henry, Elin Nordegren

Nicole Henry and Elin Nordegren

Nicole Henry and Elin Nordegren co-chaired the program, which was held at PGA National Resort & Spa. Todd McDermott, WPBF-TV co-anchor, served as emcee.

The Berlin Family Foundation pledged a matching challenge grant for funds raised during the Hope Bash’s “Bid from the Heart,” also known as a cash call, and local philanthropist Chris Cline donated a stay on his 164-foot luxury yacht, “Mine Games,” to the live auction.

Additional sponsors included Christ Fellowship; Gordon and Cheri Martin; AutoNation Cadillac; Katherine Christoffers; Italian Rose, Bud and Kathy Conlan; Dave Donten; Connie Frankino; Goldman Sachs; Chuck Hardwick and Sheilagh Mylott; David and Gail Hess; Al and Dawn Hoffman; Chad LaBonte and Erin Rossitto; Randy Macpherson WTAS LLC; BNY Melon; Joy Miltenberger; Mickey and Brenda Nocera; Philip A. Jordan, director/branch manager, The JMS Group-UBS Financial Services, Inc., Palm Beach Gardens; Kathleen Speh; Suntrust; Sal and Kim Tiano; Travani & Richter, P.A.; Waco Filters Corporation; Harris and Debbie Weinstein; The Cline Group; Cheney Brothers; PalmDale Oil; Tom and Kathleen Lane; Daniel McGuire and Stephanie Trombley; Laura Andrassy; Angela Reynolds Designs; BMO Private Bank; Erin and Sean McGould; Elin Nordegren – The Northern Lights Revocable Trust; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP; The Waste-to-Energy Team; UBS Financial, Brad and Laura Smithy; Dennis Belcher; Humenansky Foundation; Law Offices of Berman & Berman; Stephanie and Tony Munroe; George Pnczel, C.P.A.; TD Bank; Commissioner Hal and Stephanie Valeche; and media sponsor Gulfstream Media Group.

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Proceeds from the May 3, 2013, fundraiser benefit Place of Hope, a faith-based, state-licensed organization with campuses in Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. If offers help for abused and neglected children, foster care and housing assistance, transitional housing and maternity care.

For more information, call (561) 775-7195 or visit www.placeofhope.com.

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