Vita Nova’s Mallets & Martinis On March 2 To Benefit Homeless Youth

Honorary Chair Katrina Long-Robinson

Vita Nova will host its seventh annual Mallets & Martinis event on Saturday, March 2 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach. This annual affair is the nonprofit’s signature fundraising event to raise money to support the homeless youth that Vita Nova serves in Palm Beach County. The money goes directly toward Vita Nova’s Housing Program and Independent Living Services.

Beginning at 6 p.m., guests will experience an exciting evening under the palms featuring croquet, martinis and live music. Guests, who are encouraged to wear “Chic Croquet Whites,” will also have the opportunity after dinner to bid on unique live auction items and dance the night away.

Serving more than 640 youth annually in Palm Beach County, Vita Nova is a safe bridge to independence for former foster care, LGBTQ and other homeless youth through supportive housing, education, employment and life skills training. Working to eliminate homelessness for youth aged 18 to 25 years old in Palm Beach County, Vita Nova acts as an advocate and support system for homeless young adults.

The honorary chair for the event is Katrina Long-Robinson, a former councilwoman in Westlake and an affordable housing supporter. Long-Robinson has more than 15 years of education and six years of public service experience in Palm Beach County. She is an award-winning community leader with a passion for children, women and underserved communities. She uses intentional collaboration and targeted messages to implement high-value programs and meaningful experiences for community stakeholders.

“I am so thankful for Vita Nova for collaborating and working tirelessly to help find solutions for our young adults in Palm Beach County,” Long-Robinson said. “They continue creating a home for the homeless youth, and this event is just one way to support their work.”

Sponsors to date include Florida Power & Light, Dex Imaging, Sunshine Health, PBCHRC, Holyfield & Thomas and Palm Beach Illustrated.

Tickets to Mallets & Martinis are $250 each. To learn more, become a sponsor and/or purchase tickets, visit, or call (561) 472-4809. To learn more about Vita Nova, visit or call (561) 689-0035.