Volunteer teachers in Caridad Center’s after school Homework Enrichment program were treated to a Coffee and tour. The program is in coloration with Freedom Shores Elementary School in Boynton Beach. The yearly Coffee and tour is to keep the teachers in touch with Caridad and our facility. Volunteer Coordinator Rosa Lores coordinated the afternoon event.
Against a backdrop of equestrian competition in the main ring of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, 600 kids and parents from the Caridad Center were treated to a world-class Christmas party hosted by volunteers and friends of the Wellington Equestrian Group. The party and fundraising, was started 25 years ago by BJ Meeks and Pablo Perez of Wellington. The pair was joined by equestrians Caroline Moran, Nancy Hooker, R. Bruce Duchossois and hundreds of volunteers to make the event, held in a huge tent overlooking the show grounds, a morning to be remembered. Lunch was provided by Tim Gannon, co-founder of Outback Steakhouse and his employees. Santa and the distribution of each child’s personal wish list of toys, bikes, skateboards and scooters concluded the event. “What an uplifting event this was” said Meeks. “Especially in these difficult economic times when the need to keep the Christmas tradition is greater than ever.” Caridad Center is a non-profit organization, helping low-income, working poor families with medical and social services. Since 2008 the Wellington Equestrian Group has raised nearly $300,000 to underwrite the annual Christmas Party. Funds purchase gift certificates for Christmas dinner for every family attending the party. Donations also purchase backpacks and back-to-school supplies, including clothing and books, college scholarships, a summer camp, support for the Caridad Girl Scout Troop and a trip for Caridad youngsters to Washington D.C.
THE SUCCESS OF THE CARIDAD CENTER GALA MAKES HOLIDAY WISHES COME TRUE Holiday wishes became reality at the 11th annual Caridad Center Gala, “Making Your Holiday Wishes Come True” on December 2 at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. The evening featured auctions, gourmet food and drink, and dancing. The Constance Berry Award was presented to representatives of the Wellington Equestrian Group; BJ Meeks and Pablo Perez, Caroline Moran, Nancy Hooker and R. Bruce Duchossis. The award is in appreciation for the major effort they have made over the past several years to make life better for children served at the Caridad Center. The group supports back-to-school and holiday programs, college scholarships, summer camp, pediatric dentals programs and more. Moran and Alex Cenizo, were the Honorary Chairmen of the Gala. Ronald Gallatin of Hands On Tzedakah received a special award of appreciation for the many years the group has supported families in crisis through Caridad Center’s outreach program as well as providing funds that allow the Center to provide counseling for clients. “Winter Wonderland” sponsors were Caroline Moran and Alex Cenizo and Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran; “Joy of Giving” sponsors Fidelity Investments, Kosinski Family, C & J Viner Family Foundation. and the Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation; “Sleigh Ride” sponsors Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Fred and Kit Bigony, Bill and Sugar McCauley, Leonard and Louise Riggio; “Let It Snow” sponsors James and Barbara Stenson, Luis and Sonia Torres and “Jingle Bell” sponsors Jess and Sherri Crawford, Daszkal Bolton LLP, Delaware North Companies, Inc., R. Bruce Duchossois and Richard Levine.