Cupid’s aim quivers in anticipation of the 32nd Valentine’s Gala to benefit Wesley House Family services…but he could use a few extra arrows before February 14th.


Hosted by founding sponsors Edith Amsterdam, Prudential Knight & Gardner Realty and Sloppy Joe’s Bar and Merchantile, the event is traditionally supported by generous community contributions in the form of plateaued sponsorships: Gold, Bronze, Diamond, Silver and Ruby.


At press time, some are yet available and can be secured by calling 305.809.5000.


As important are Gala silent auction items, which has often been the largest and certainly the most anticipated on the island, featuring local artists and artisans, lodging, dining and spa certificates and tickets to local recreation and tourist attractions.


“The generosity in the past sets the benchmark for us going forward,” said Sharon Toppino, who serves on the Wesley House Board and is overseeing this year’s Gala for the Fundraising arm.

“We’re asking for donations that emphasize fun…but functionality is important, too. The phrase ‘the more the merrier’ certainly applies here, because the more items we amass, the more our children and families benefit.”


The Gala raises money for multiple Wesley House programs that provide crucial support to child welfare and family preservation throughout the Florida Keys. 100% of proceeds from the 2015 event will provide financial assistance for foster families in areas that statutory funding does not provide for.


To donate, arrange pick-up or to offer volunteer services, contact Jeremy Wilkerson, Director of Community Affairs, at 305.440.2300.


“When we stand back and survey what the community has given us, we are always amazed at the astounding heart the Keys has,” added Beth Barrett, CEO of Wesley House. “For an evening like that celebrates love, we just as much feel the passion attendees have for bettering the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk children and families.”

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