It was hula good time on Sunday, February 12, when more than 150 Hanley Foundation supporters put on their best island attire for the 22nd Annual Family Picnic. The National Croquet Center served as the backdrop for the long-running fundraiser, which offers an afternoon of fun for the entire family while spotlighting the Foundation’s substance use disorder prevention efforts. Long-time supporters Michelle and Bob Diffenderfer were the honorary chairs and Kai Li Fouts and Chris Jette served as the event co-chairs.
The family fun day included an enormous bounce house, face painting, a prop filled photo booth, snow cones, cotton candy and an up close and personal experience with many unique animals from Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.
“Your participation today benefits our prevention programming – something near and dear to my heart as I served as the director of prevention services before my new leadership role,” said Jan Cairnes, executive director for Hanley Foundation. “It is my passion to talk about ways we can prevent our kids from substance use disorders and I am grateful to all of you for being here today. Hanley Foundation prevention teams are on the front lines of the addiction epidemic in schools, churches, after-school programming and more – working with kids and starting conversations. That start of an open dialogue is something you can repeat in your own homes – and while I see lots of little ones running around today – it’s not too early to start appropriate conversations with your kids. Family time is always time well spent.”
An annual highlight, the luncheon also included a one-of-a-kind silent auction for children only, where kids got their chance to bid on fun items exclusively for them. There was also an adult silent auction that included high end jewelry, signed sports memorabilia, tickets to local attractions, Disney World tickets and many more items. The highlight of the afternoon was the authentic Polynesian show which included hula dancers, fire breathing warriors and fun audience participation.
“Each year, the Family Picnic makes the topic of substance use disorder prevention a family-friendly discussion,” said Fouts. “We know that spending time with your children today helps you stay connected tomorrow. Thank you to our great committee members and sponsors for making the afternoon a fun and successful event.”
The Family Picnic committee included the following members: Jenny Alcebo, Lyanne Azqueta, Tory and Mike Casey, Rachel and Steve Docekal, Hailey Emmett, Linda and Mike Hanley, Robin and Scott Hansel, Kim Koslow, Fran Marcone and David Werner, Jennifer Marcone, Buck Martinez, Holly O’Neill, Michele Poole, Taylor and James Schneider, Catherine Warren, Krissy Webb and Jereann Zann.
Sponsors included Hanley Family Foundation, Provident Jewelers, Florida Crystals, David Fritz and Wilmington Trust, The Diffenderfer Family, Andrew Forsyth and Kelly Williams, Kai Li Fouts and Chris Jette, LILA PHOTO, Sarah Cortvriend, Two Men & A Truck, The Docekal Family, The Hooker Family, The Schneider Family, The Zann Family, Kermit and Jenny Sutton, The Cairnes Family, Judith Cleary, Laura Fuller, Susan Goldstein and The Rosenberg Foundation, Lindsey Inserra, Thomas Roman, Barbara Mullenger and Candy Sykes.