Selfless Love Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the lives of current and former foster youth, recently hosted its Fourth Annual Gala at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. The intimate evening of just 200 guests gathered local and out-of-town philanthropic business leaders for a special night of fostering dreams for foster children, raising more than $3 million.
In 2020, SLF was one of the first non-profits in the nation to host their annual gala online due to COVID-19, becoming among the first to raise over 1.2 million.
“Selfless Love Foundation has dreamt of an endowment since its inception in 2015. Thanks to the outpouring of love and support at this year’s gala, that dream is now a reality. We can now create an endowment to provide our organization with lasting sustainability and transform more lives than ever before for generations to come,” shared Ashley Brown, Founder and CEO of Selfless Love Foundation.
During the event, guests were wowed by an over-the-top cocktail reception, which included 10-foot Living Vine performers, extravagant silent auction items, a Patrón Tequila tasting and premium signature cocktails provided by Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits.
Hosted by Comedian and Actress Melissa Peterman, the event’s dinner and program brought to life SLF’s mission and guests enjoyed a video showcasing the organization’s impact over the last year, a Dream Tank Award presentation and a Live Auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences and luxuries. The program concluded with a confetti celebration and the announcement of the three million dollars raised, followed by a fun-filled after-party with a live band and specialty cocktails to commemorate an evening of selfless love, support and for keeping the dreams of current and former foster children alive.
One of the many highlights of the evening was the Dream Tank Award ceremony in which five former foster youth finalists and attendees were surprised with an appearance by world-renowned artist and former foster youth, Pitbull. Not only did he announce that he, too, was a former foster youth, but he shared words of encouragement before announcing the Dream Tank Winner.
The top five selected finalists presented their dreams and aspirations in front of a prestigious panel of judges at SLF’s Dream Tank Competition the night prior, and to further their education and embark on their new dream careers. “There’s no losing, only learning. No failing, only opportunities and no problems, only solutions,” shared Pitbull with attendees and Dream Tank Finalists.
“We are excited to continue helping children in care find their forever families and guiding former foster youth into becoming leaders in our community! Cheers to changing lives,” said Ed Brown, Former CEO of Patrón Tequila and Co-Founder of SLF.
SLF plans to host its second statewide Dream Tank Competition next year along with its Fifth Annual Gala.
Gala Sponsors included: Title Sponsor – Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Presenting Sponsor – Patrón Tequila; Platinum Sponsor – NitroC Group; Gold Sponsor – Jack Elkins; Diamond Sponsor – Tobak Diamond; Silver Sponsors – Gerber Kawasaki, and Wells Fargo Private Bank/Abbot Downing; Bronze Sponsors – The G-Mac Foundation, and The Maounis Family; Exclusive Media Sponsor – Palm Beach Illustrated; Invitation Sponsor – Marc-Michaels Interior Design; Supporting Sponsors – Alliant Private Client, Carpet Source, The Fishman Family, Jetmembership.com, Ocean City Cars and Coffee, Red Meat Lover’s Club, Roberto Coin, Sovány, Three Sixteen Foundation, and William Raveis Real Estate.
Photographs by CAPEHART.