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Guardian ad Litem Foundation sets Nov. 12 as date for virtual ‘Voices of Hope Gala’

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, will host its inaugural Voices of Hope Gala on Nov. 12 as a virtual event featuring a dinner and wine service for viewers in Southwest Florida, as well as a live auction and other surprises for viewers nationwide.

Supporters living in Southwest Florida are encouraged to host “watch parties” and invite friends and family members into their homes for dinner parties. Tickets are $100 per person and include a chef-prepared dinner, wine, special gifts, an entry into a drawing for a special prize and opportunities to bid during the live auction and participate in the Fund-a-Need appeal. Hosts also will receive a Party Favor Box that includes favors and décor. Burntwood Tavern will provide catering for watch parties in Collier and Lee counties, while Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill will cater parties in Charlotte County.

Supporters living outside of the three Southwest Florida counties also can tune into the livestream free of charge. Guardian ad Litem Foundation will email a link to pre-registered guests that allows them to participate in the live auction and Fund-a-Need, which will provide desperately needed support to help the organization continue serving children in spite of challenges caused by COVID-19.

During the Voices of Hope Gala, Guardian ad Litem’s volunteer child advocates will share stories of impact and success with virtual guests. Gala proceeds will help Guardian ad Litem Foundation recruit, train and support volunteer child advocates, as well as provide financial assistance to help meet a child’s basic and developmental needs. The Foundation’s court-certified volunteer child advocates serve as the “voice” for abused, neglected and abandoned youth in Southwest Florida as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare systems.

The Voices of Hope Gala starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Generous event sponsors include:

  • Champion of Hope: PNC Bank
  • Guardian Ally: The Ronto Group
  • Advocate Angel: Elizabeth K. Galeana Charitable Foundation and Henderson Franklin Attorneys at Law
  • Child Protector: Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, The Naples Trust Company, Kathy and Bruce Greenberg, Morgan & Morgan, Collier County Bar Foundation and the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, Board of Directors.
  • Media Sponsor: WINK News

For more information about the Voices of Hope Gala, including tickets and instructions on accessing the free livestream link on Nov. 12, please visit VoicesForKids.org/event/Voices-of-Hope or call 239-533-1435.

About Guardian ad Litem Foundation

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, was established in 1984 and is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Guardian ad Litem programs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation, a United Way Partner Agency, has a mission of ensuring that every abused, neglected or abandoned youth in Southwest Florida has a voice as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare system. The Foundation raises funds that help meet a child’s health, educational and social needs, as well as provide support for highly trained volunteer advocates who represent the best interests of a child until a safe, permanent placement is established. For additional information, visit VoicesForKids.org or call 239-533-1435.

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