Saturday, November 23, 2019 was a night to remember! “A Night in Monte Carlo” fundraiser included blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, and wheel of fortune – guests enjoyed the gaming and being able to spend time together. The event raised funds to ensure that Project HELP services and programs continue to empower victims to move forward and recover from what was taken away from them. The funds generated will go toward providing hope, empowerment, and healing to those affected by sexual violence, sudden death, and other crimes. We are grateful to everyone who sponsored and attended the event.
Event guests were welcomed by the amazing Sabrina Katz from WINK TV. President of the Board of Directors, Jennifer Johnson, then spoke to those in attendance of the personal impact that violent crime has had on her life. She spoke on why she chose to get involved with Project HELP in 2013 and why she continues to support the cause. Project HELP is a platform that gives a voice to those who cannot speak out on their own. Other guest speakers included Francine Donnorummo, Chief of the Special Victims Unit for the 20th Circuit State Attorney’s Office,who spoke about the importance of the relationship between the State Attorney’s Office and Project HELP and how our vital work assists in the prosecution process, and Michelle McLeod, who serves on the Naples City Council, who bravely spoke about her journey of healing after the loss of her husband, and how Project HELP assisted through our support groups to piece her life back together. All of the speakers were able to show different examples of how Project HELP works diligently to assist crime victims at their most vulnerable time.
The night featured a wonderful performance by Jack Cassidy, known by many as a contestant on The Voice, Season 12. Jack comes from a family of professional entertainers. From a young age, Jack enjoys memories of being on tour with his dad, to shinning bright for his talents all through his time in school. Guests enjoyed the gaming, hors d’oeuvres, a grand buffet prepared by Hilton, Naples, and music by DJ Monz. Many of the guests excitedly lined up to capture the moment in the themed photo booth with their friends and loved ones!
One of the most exciting and notable elements of the night was the silent auction and raffle prizes. Items included an 18-bottle wine cooler, stay-cations, a record player with albums, restaurant packages, and many others!
We would like to thank all of those in attendance. Your continued support allows us to provide on-going services and programs to victims of violent crimes.