Firestones Named Chairs Of ‘An Evening Of Great Expectations’

Grandma’s Place Inc. and St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church have announced that Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone will serve as the 2014 chairs for the signature fundraising event, “An Evening of Great Expectations.”

“An Evening of Great Expectations” will offer guests a relaxed, tropical evening at the International Polo Club Palm Beach Mallet Grille & Patio, on Friday, March 14 beginning at 6 p.m.

During the evening, guests will enjoy a cocktail hour while perusing a tempting selection of silent auction items, followed by a delicious buffet dinner and an exciting live auction, all while listening and dancing to live music with a South Florida feel provided by Tom and Bonnie Colombo.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Grandma’s Place and the mission and outreach programs of St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church.

Grandma’s Place is a local, emergency shelter for children from birth to 12 years of age. It provides a temporary home and loving care to children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect and have been removed from their homes by Florida courts. Physically or emotionally abused children and neglected or abandoned children with developmental, intellectual or learning disabilities are cared for in the safe, home-like environment at Grandma’s Place.

“An Evening of Great Expectations” will also support the mission and outreach programs of St. David’s in the Pines that help those in need in the local community. On an ongoing basis, the church provides meals to two local soup kitchens, organizes blood drives and school supply drives, provides home delivery of meals to the sick and bereaved, and hosts weekly meetings for people in recovery.

A large host committee featuring many leaders of the equestrian community is supporting this year’s event. The host committee includes: Dr. and Mrs. James Belden, Mr. and Mrs. David Burton Jr., Mr. David Burton Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, Ann Ferenz, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Ganzi, Mr. Tim Heitman, Ms. Linda Hough, Ms. Susan Humes, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Kees, Ms. Laura Kraut, Ms. Caroline Moran, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shore, and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith.

Individual tickets to “An Evening of Great Expectations” are $150. Sponsorships and corporate tables are available.

For additional information on donating to, sponsoring or attending the event, call Maureen Gross at (561) 714-0887 or e-mail

Tickets are also available online at


ABOVE: Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone.