Children’s Harbor 9th Annual Harbor Lights Gala Raises More Than $165,000 To Support Teens In Foster Care

Children’s Harbor celebrated a milestone 25th anniversary during the 9th Annual Harbor Lights Gala raising more than $165,000 for the non-profit agency that strengthens families in the community while providing safe shelter and support to teens in foster care so that they may grow into healthy, educated and productive adults.  Themed “Havana Nights,” the evening began in a tropical paradise with cocktails and cigars against the backdrop of the sunset on the rooftop lounge of The Conrad on Fort Lauderdale beach. Guests then moved inside for dinner and danced with live musical guest, Fondo Blanco, who brought the perfect blend of Latin and American music. The celebration continued with the Hora Loca after-party.  “Our 9th Annual Harbor Lights Gala was truly a celebration of 25 years of hope and healing,” said Children’s Harbor CEO Tiffani Dhooge. “We are so thankful to the extraordinary network of sponsors, donors and supporters who make it possible for us to have an incredibly meaningful impact on the lives of the children and families we are entrusted to serve. Our hearts are full knowing the work we are doing for our youth places them on a positive path to the future.”  Sponsors of the 9th Annual Harbor Lights Gala were Mahoney & Associates, MG&A Wealth, UKG, Royal Caribbean International, 4Ever Young Anti Aging Solutions, BankUnited, Beckett Realty, Brenda D. Forman, Century Express, Cinch Home Services, Connections for Business, Jacob and Melissa DeMayo, Florida Blue, Holland & Knight, Memorial Healthcare System, Mercer, MetLife, Pegasus Painting & Waterproofing, Per-Olof Loof Family Foundation and Sunshine Health.  Established in 1996, Children’s Harbor is a nationally accredited nonprofit agency with a mission to provide a safe harbor and support to at-risk children, youth, and families, keeping brothers and sisters together, strengthening families, and rebuilding lives. Children’s Harbor provides nurturing, family group homes for teens in the foster care system on a beautiful eight-acre campus in Pembroke Pines, FL. These loving homes allow brothers and sisters and teen mothers and their babies to stay together during a turbulent time in their young lives. Children’s Harbor also helps prevent child abuse through its Family Strengthening Program. Each year, 200 families across Broward County receive in-home counseling to improve parenting and communication skills.