Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County Raises Nearly $100,000
The Island Club PGA was packed with people wearing gowns, tuxedos and masks for the 10th Annual Steak & Stake Dinner and Auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. Over 300 guests enjoyed an elegant Masquerade Ball themed event organized by Chairperson Leslie Kristoff, President of Keiser University, Port St. Lucie Campus. Guests were able to interact with Club members while they enjoyed a delectable steak dinner compliments of Outback Steakhouse followed by delicious desserts provided by The Cake Lady.
“It was an honor to chair this year’s Steak & Stake Dinner and Auction. The generosity of our sponsors and the overwhelming response from the community coupled with the illuminated faces of our Club Kids, made this a truly memorable event.” said Chairperson Leslie Kristoff. Nate Spera, Board President & St. Lucie County Fire Chief exclaimed, “Once again, our community has come together for the good of the children.”
The evening began on the veranda with an assortment of paella provided by Paella King and a variety of drinks furnished by Bonner Bar. Opera singer Aurora Jenkins opened the festivities with a lovely vocal performance, Think of Me, from Phantom of the Opera. Club members of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Chuck Hill and Oak Hammock Units performed a dance choreographed by Wendie Smith of Wild Roses who donated her time to work with each Clubhouse. TRAXX Entertainment provided the sound & MC equipment.
Throughout the magical evening guests mingled with friends, bid on a multitude of unique live and silent auction items, learned about the educational and character-building programs for Club members and purchased chances at a Grand Raffle, this year receiving an engraved stem-less wine glass. It didn’t matter what your political affiliation, as evidenced by the numerous politicians in attendance, the Steak & Stake Fundraiser was an evening devoted to helping children in our community.
This year’s Call to the Heart was an appeal for programs including college tours, and programs provided to Club members such as Drama Matters, Music Makers and First Lego League. The generosity of sponsors and guests made these possible! The Clubs offer daily access to a broad range of programs that promote health, social, educational, vocational, character and leadership development. Club programs foster a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence that builds self-confidence and self-esteem for 6000 St. Lucie County youth every year.
This year’s sponsors included Keiser University, GL Homes, John Jacobs Construction, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Raymond James Lum Wealth Management, A&G Concrete Pools, Publix Supermarket Charities, Southern Eagle Distributing, Treasure Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, Guettler Brothers Construction, St. Lucie Mets, Anne Holahan, Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Firefighters Benevolent Fund, Waste Pro, Outback Steakhouse, Harbor Community Bank, Nelson Family Farms, Traxx Entertainment, Treasure Coast Food Bank, St. Lucie County Fair, Programming Methods of Florida, Inc., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Marisol’s Photography, Coca Cola Beverages Florida, Colorado Pawn, The Cake Lady, DMHB, Paella King, Marisol’s Photography and St. Lucie Draft House.