Over 180 scrapbooking enthusiasts carted their personal supplies from as far away as Melbourne and Sarasota to spend a 12 hour day raising funds for Joshua House and doing what they love best, scrapbooking! Chaired by Nanci March, this creative committee of volunteers dedicated a year planning and executing a flawless day for this inaugural CROPMania event held May 10th at the Florida State Fair Grounds Special Events Center. Guests, vendors, and volunteers spent a Hollywood inspired day creating memories and cropping for a cause. Thank you to our lead sponsors, HSN and the Thomas Family, and to our dedicated committee Carla Backitis, Karen Borden, Adeline Brill, Beverly Brown, Christina Conn, Jenni Frankowiak, Denise Hopkinson, Janet Krawczyk, Barbara Leasure, Chanele Reno, Sue Rinaldo, Ginny Seidle, Rena Wagner and Amy Winarsky. The event proceeds netted over $15,000 to benefit the foster children living at Joshua House.
2014 Circle of Friends Dinner Benefit, La Dolce Vita - April 26, 2014
The April 26th Circle of Friends Dinner Benefit welcomed 100 guests to an exclusive dining experience in La Dolce Vita style at the Avila Grand Palazzo of Lori and Mike Kosloske. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dining experience by Mise en Place under an open air tent swathed in purple and gold drapes. Ian Prosser of Botanica set elegant floral arrangements adorned with silver candelabras and hand painted Italian masks on glittering royal tables and K4 Event Production coordinated a magical evening inspired by the Venice Carnivale.
Much appreciation goes out to our many sponsors and the Circle of Friends Committee: board member and dinner chairman Jason Quintero, Melanie Bavol, Charlene Bleakley, Tamara Davis, Ann Frechette, Judith Henkin, Jan Karamitsanis, Lori Kosloske, Terry Lundquist, Tiffani Packer, Anita Shuler, and Crystal Whitescarver. The event netted over $40,000 to support services at Joshua House.
2014 Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon - April 11, 2014 Visit Gallery
One Child at a Time, One Issue at a Time was this year’s theme for the April 11th Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon, chaired by Diana Zubrowski, Standard, and presented by Lazydays and McNichols Company. Local celebrity and jazz aficionado, Belinda Womack opened the program with a moving tribute to our late founders Olin Mott and Dottie Berger MacKinnon. Gayle Sierens, WFLA News Anchor was the emcee that led the audience through this educational and inspiring program. Read more...
2012 Circle of Friends Dinner – April 28, 2012
Over 120 guests joined us on a “Journey to Never, Never Land,” at the estate of Tracy and John Bales for the 2012 Circle of Friends Dinner Benefit. While the lost boys frolicked on the lawn, guests enjoyed fine wines and spirits and a delicious dinner prepared by Mise en Place.
2012 Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon – April 20, 2012 Visit Gallery
Victoria Rowell, actress, advocate, mother, a former foster child and a best-selling author of “The Women Who Raised Me,” provided the inspiration as the keynote speaker at the 2011 Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon. Over 500 guests were taken on a journey through Victoria’s life and the women the foster care system brought into her life who guided and cared for her when her birth mother could not.
Greg Johnson of Precise Construction was presented with the 2012 Olin Mott Golden Heart Award and the LAMPLighters were recognized as the 2012 Bob Thomas Star of Philanthropy Award recepients.
2011 Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon – April 1, 2011 Visit Gallery
Derrick Riggins, former foster child and formidable advocate for children, provided the inspiration as the keynote speaker at the 2011 Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon. Title sponsor, McNichols Company welcomed over 400 guests who joined Derrick on his journey through foster care to becoming a young adult advocate for foster children throughout the state of Florida.
Dottie Berger MacKinnon was honored with the 2011 Olin Mott Golden Heart Award and the Michelin Golf Classic was recognized with the 2011 Bob Thomas Star of Philanthropy Award.
2010 Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon – April 23, 2010 Visit Gallery
Carissa Alvarnaz, former resident at Joshua House, provided the inspiration as the Keynote Speaker at the Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon. The 400 guests followed Carissa on a journey through her life that few will ever forget.
The 2010 Olin Mott Golden Heart Award was presented to the Honorable Tracy Sheehan for her involvement in making impactful and positive changes for foster children throughout the Tampa Bay area. Dottie and Sandy MacKinnon were presented the Bob Thomas Star of Philanthropy Award to for their unwavering support of the children at Joshua House and improving the children’s quality of life exponentially.
2010 Circle of Friends Dinner – April 3, 2010 Visit Gallery
Hosted by Mary Ann Stiles and Barry Smith, Cirque du Sonsoles was truly a magical evening. Stilt walkers and ribbon dancers escorted guests to the brightly colored welcome tent. During cocktail hour, the guests were mesmerized by the gorgeous and elegant girl in the ball as she danced upon the surface of the pool. The dinner tables were set under two enormous grandfather oaks that were strung with multi-colored Japanese lanterns. During the scrumptious meal prepared by Mise en Place, guests were entertained by a very nimble contortionist. Dancing under the stars after dinner topped off the night of wonderful camaraderie with the Circle of Friends
Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon
Carissa Alvarnaz, former resident at Joshua House, provided the inspiration as the Keynote Speaker at the Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon on April 23rd. The 400 guests followed Carissa on a journey through her life that few will ever forget. Dottie Berger MacKinnon graciously presented the Olin Mott Golden Heart Award to the Honorable Tracy Sheehan for her involvement in making impactful and positive changes for foster children throughout the Tampa Bay area. Patsy and Gene McNichols presented the Bob Thomas Star of Philanthropy Award to Dottie and Sandy MacKinnon for their unwavering support of the children at Joshua House and improving the children’s quality of life exponentially. Title sponsors, McNichols