On Tuesday, Nov. 27, more than 200 of Grandma’s Place longtime supporters and new friends gathered at the Sailfish Club in Palm Beach to attend the fourth annual Holiday Luncheon “Heart of Gold.” Guests enjoyed a wine and champagne reception as they actively bid on almost 300 fabulous silent auction items.
The luncheon was chaired by Joan O’Connell and Dina Rubio, while Herme de Wyman Miro served as international honorary chair and Elayne Flamm as honorary chair. It was held in memory of Lou Ann Wilson-Swan, co-founder of the luncheon. Channel 12 News Anchor Liz Quirantes served as the celebrity emcee. Committee members included Missy Agnello, Suzy Burrowes, Manda Galin, Patti Hadden, Eleanor Jones, Adreana Moss, Toni O’Brien, Amy Quattlebaum, Beverlee Miller Raymond, Jodie Schmitz, Donna Scully, Valerie Seifert and George Swan Jr.
The holiday spirit was everywhere at the Sailfish Club: from the giant Christmas trees, the elegant wreaths and garlands to the beautiful white orchid centerpieces in a gold pot on a red overlay. Guests dined on filet mignon while Karen, Josh and Aidan Ritter talked about the Family Support Program and how it has improved their lives. Then the fun began with a live auction emceed by Neil Saffer and his wife Trish, from Saffer & Company.
Proceeds of the luncheon support Grandma’s Place, an emergency foster shelter in Royal Palm Beach for children, from birth to the age of 12, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, and a Family Support Program, which provides services to parents and caregivers of children with special needs.