The 17th Annual Hearts of Gold was a success!

What a fun night! Over 1,900 of Central Florida’s government, business and philanthropic leaders and concert enthusiasts rocked to the music of Styx at the Coalition’s 17th Annual Hearts of Gold event last Friday.  The event raised over $200,000 for the Coalition’s programs and services throughout the year, ever more important as the number of homeless families with children increases.

The event, at Hard Rock Live, featured elegant VIP sponsorship receptions in Hard Rock’s famous Art Bar and elite Lennon Room, a silent auction of unique items, and a special concert by classic rock band Styx.  Master of Ceremonies 98.9 WMMO personality Shawn Burke, words of determination by current Coalition resident Amy Hunley, and the participation of several youngsters who call the Coalition “home” combined to make this a truly distinctive evening.

As a special feature, the concert was also open to the public at $37 (standing) and $52 (seated) per “concert-only” tickets, enabling citizens region-wide to enjoy the music of this classic band and help support Coalition for the Homeless.  Shawn Burke had the privilege of announcing the winner of a Styx autographed guitar; and 30 Styx fans had pictures taken with the band at a post concert meet and greet. What a great night for some ultimate fans of this rock band!

We want to thank the law firm of Dellecker Wilson King McKenna and Ruffier, our presenting sponsor for the sixth year, for investing in our community and particularly in the Coalition’s work by supporting this event.  We also want to thank our event sponsors: Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, Olive Garden, Hilton Grand Vacations, 98.9 WMMO, Orlando Magazine, Orange Appeal Magazine, Network Biz and Who’s Hot Orlando; and acknowledge the contributions of Hard Rock Live. You guys are great!

To see more pictures of this rockin’ event, click here. We had a great time and hope to see you at Hearts of Gold next year!