A well-heeled auction in Wilton Manors last week delivered major proceeds to participating charities and organizations. In total, $21,000 was raised via a "Red Hot & In Style" charity date auction held May 20.
Jonny Torenzi , a bachelor from Miami, was one of a dozen individuals to put together a prize package for bidders at the Village Pub.
“Great concept, I had fun,” said Torenzi, a realtor, who brought $300 with his prize package that included a three-hour sunset yacht cruise.
Deliver the Dream spokeswoman Christie Galeano said the auction, featuring some of the most desirable men and women in South Florida, was a smashing success.
“All proceeds from the event will fund Deliver the Dream’s specialized Family Retreat Program, serving families living with HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other life-changing illnesses and crises,” Galeano said.
Deliver the Dream, a non-profit respite and retreat program, does not define the family unit and is proud to serve the gay and lesbian families in South Florida, Galeano said.
More than 200 people attended the Village Pub auction, emceed by Electra, and featuring bachelors and bachelorettes from news outlets, businesses and local organizations. SFGN was represented by advertising executive Edwin Neimann, who fetched more $300 with his prize package that included a couples massage, dinner and a movie.
“We are so happy with how the entire Wilton Manors community – gay and straight – came out to support this event,” said Paul Withrow, Executive Director of Deliver the Dream. “It takes a village to make our mission possible and the generosity of our community helps us make a significant difference in the lives of countless families in crisis.”
More than 6,500 family members have attended a Deliver the Dream weekend retreat since 2002. The retreats are part of an on-going effort to help families heal.
For more information, visit www.DeliverTheDream.org