Charity & The Arts

211 HelpLine

Contact Number: 561.383.1128
P.O. Box 3588 Lantana, FL 33465
Executive Director: Susan Buza
Vice President: Raymond Ellis
Year Founded: 1971

211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline where highly trained and accredited Resource Specialists offer guidance and support in helping teens, adults, families, seniors, caregivers and professionals find the services they need. Calls to 211 HelpLine are free, confidential and available 24/7. “Our name is our number!” 211 is the easy to remember 3-digit phone number that provides service for everyday needs and in times of crisis. 211 HelpLine is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing crisis intervention, information, assessment and referral to community services in Indian River, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties.

Oct. 19: Dine for a Cause to benefit 211 HelpLine; 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Table 26 Palm Beach; $180; 561.383.1128
Nov. 20: The Great Gatsby; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Camelot Yacht Club, West Palm Beach; $150; 561.383.1128
Feb. 27: Le Cirque du Palm Beach; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach; $300; 561.383.1128

4KIDS of South Florida

Contact Number: 954.979.7911
2717 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Board Chair: John Foreman
Executive Vice President: Mathew K. John
Year Founded: 1999

4KIDS has served and cared for more than 20,000 abused and neglected children in Broward and Palm Beach Counties “one child at a time.” 4KIDS has recently expanded to license foster families in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. 4KIDS is committed to accomplishing the vision of “A Home for Every Child” through programs offering protection, prevention, provision and permanent solutions. A continuing accomplishment is the operation of SafePlace 4KIDS, the emergency assessment center for children removed from their homes in Broward or Palm Beach County as they begin their foster care journey.

Oct. 12: South Florida Orphans Classic; 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Coral Ridge Country Club; $300/$1200/$50; 954.979.7911 or

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

Contact Number: 772.465.0630

500 N. Indian River Drive Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Executive Director: Kathleen Fredrick
Year Founded: 1960

The Museum’s mission is to promote the arts in the community and perpetuate the artistic and humanitarian legacy of A.E. Backus, and houses the nation’s largest exhibit of original Backus paintings. Grounded in history, yet rich in contemporary relevance the museum exhibits original paintings by A.E. Backus, Florida Highwaymen. Throughout the season the Museum features changing national exhibits and two juried competitions. Volunteers needed for educational programs, special events, visitor services/docents/ facility maintenance.

Jan. 31: Sunday in Key West Auction; 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pelican Yacht Club, Fort Pierce; $75; 772.465.0630
March 6: “All You Should Eat” Brunch and Backus Original Painting Raffle; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; A.E. Backus Museum , Fort Pierce; $15 in advance, $20 at the door; 772.465.0630

Achievement Center for Children & Families

Contact Number: 561.266.0003

555 NW Fourth St.Delray Beach, FL 33444

CEO: Stephanie Seibel
Year Founded: 1969

The Achievement Centers for Children & Families is a community based, social service organization whose mission is to ensure school readiness, provide skill building opportunities, promote academic achievement and support healthy lifestyles. The affordable, nationally accredited programs allow families to work, increasing their economic stability. The Centers serve over 1,000 children and 750 adults at three campuses in Palm Beach County.

Jan. 22: Stiletto Race; 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Downtown Delray Beach; $25 Race Entry; 561.266.0003;
March 17: 15th Annual Delray Beach Home Tour; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Lake Ida Neighborhood; $100; 561.266.0003;
April 14: The Proper Affair; 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Boca Raton; $125; 561.266.0003;

Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches

Contact Number: 561.253.1361

1712 Second Ave. N. Lake Worth, FL 33460

Board Chairman: Garth Rosenkrance
CEO: Matthew Constantine
Year Founded: 1983

Adopt-A-Family is dedicated to strengthening families with children in their efforts to achieve stability and self-sufficiency by providing access to all-encompassing services. To achieve this mission, Adopt-A-Family provides physical housing units, rental assistance, and supportive services to families in crisis.

Dec. 1: Tree Lighting; 6:30 p.m.; The Sailfish Club; $350; 561.253.1361
Date: TBD: Better Ball Golf Tournament; 12 p.m.; Pine Tree Golf Club; $500/player or $2,000/foursome; 561.253.1361

American Cancer Society

Contact Number: 561.650.0143
621 Clearwater Park Road West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CEO: Gary Reedy
Year Founded: 1913

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Feb. 20: Celestial Gala; 6 p.m.; Admirals Cove, Jupiter; $350; 561.650.0143

American Heart Association, Palm Beach County Chapter

Contact Number: 561.615.3888

2300 Centrepark West Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Boca Raton Heart Ball Co-Chair: Marilyn Swillinger
Boca Raton Heart Ball Co-Chair: Mark Swillinger
Year Founded: 1924

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim about 870,000 lives a year. The association invests millions in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1.800.AHA.USA1 or visit

American Lung Association in Florida

Contact Number: 561.659.7644
2701 N. Australian Ave., Ste. 100 West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Area Director: Lea Tate
Year Founded: 1904

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, research and advocacy. When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow

Oct. 3: Delray Bash; 7 p.m.; Old School Square Park, Delray Beach; $50; 561.640.9504
Feb. 19: Breath of Life Luncheon; 11 a.m.; Club Colette, Palm Beach; $250; 561.640.9504
May: LUNG FORCE Walk; 8 a.m.; Location: TBD; Free; 561.640.9504

American Technion Society – Israel Institute of Technology (Palm Beach Chapter)

Contact Number: 561.832.5401

249 Royal Palm Way, Ste. 502  

Palm Beach, FL 33480


Co-Presidents:: Sharon and Rubin Pikus
Year Founded: ATS was founded in 1940.

Based in New York City, the American Technion Society (ATS) provides critical support to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, ranked among the world’s leading science and technology universities. The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel’s renown as the world’s “Start-Up Nation.” Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. 

ARC of Martin County

Contact Number: 772.283.2525
2001 S. Kanner Highway Stuart, FL 34997
President/CEO: Keith W. Muniz
Chief Operating Officer: Robyn Ducharme
Year Founded: 1956

The ARC of Martin County, Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged, is a private, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and adults with developmental and other disabilities to achieve their fullest potential. We accomplish this by providing advocacy, opportunities, education, choices, vocational and community supports and family supports.

Jan. 30 and 31: The ARC’s Treasure Coast Bike Fest; for details
April 9: Evening of Entertainment
June 11: KDW Fishing Tournament