Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches is known in the community for helping families facing homelessness. The reputation is stellar, and the support is ever-growing. This showed at the 34th annual Tree Lighting Celebration as the agency filled the room with supporters dedicated to helping them change lives in our community.
“Over the past twelve months we have impacted thousands of lives and celebrated major milestones,” shared agency CEO Matt Constantine. “With the support of very special donors, we’ve been able to provide housing to homeless families, break ground on a new project to build 14 more homes for families in Lake Worth, celebrate our 12th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator (something less than 1% of charities nationwide achieve), and have worked with over 2,000 families here in our community. Each day we see the difference it makes. Many times, the families we help have just fallen on hard times and because of a cycle of events they have found themselves without a home. Together, we are helping them get back on their feet.”
The event, held once again at The Sailfish Club in Palm Beach, was held on Tuesday, December 4th and was the unofficial kickoff to the holidays. Guests were greeted by the mesmerizing holiday sounds of The Kings Academy choir as they entered the club. Highlights of the evening event was the lighting of the Angel Tree in which AAF recognized eight dedicated supporters who have helped them tirelessly, and the enthralling story told my former AAF client, BJ, who grew up attending AAF’s afterschool program and is now a successful college graduate with two degrees and a certificate who is working with troubled youth in Boston. Brenda McGarrity, chaired the event with Jen Dudnyk serving as co-chair.
The charity’s legendary silent auction was the focal point of the cocktail hour, with the most talked about display of live orchids on the island, gorgeous holiday decorating pieces, and unique gifts. During dinner, guests excitedly bid on luxurious prizes helping the organization raise over $500,000 to support their mission.
Continued Constantine, “As one of our longest running and most successful fundraisers, this event helps sustain us year-round. It’s also an opportunity to say thank you to our incredible and generous community of supporters.”
An integral part of the community for over three decades, Adopt-A-Family has received national recognition for its programs and management. The Florida Redevelopment Association recognized the charity with the prestigious Roy Kenzie Award for Outstanding Affordable Housing Project. Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in America, awarded Adopt-A-Family with a four-star rating for the 12th consecutive year in 2018, which has only been achieved by 1 percent of qualified charities.