The 18th Annual Hearts of Gold was a success!

What a groovy night!  Nearly 1,500 of Central Florida’s government, business and philanthropic leaders and concert enthusiasts rocked to the music of Beatlemania Now at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s 18th Annual Hearts of Gold event on Friday, April 22ndThe 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 1960s-themed event at Hard Rock Live featured elegant VIP receptions in Hard Rock’s famous Art Bar and elite Lennon Room, a Silent Auction of unique items, funky memorabilia displays, photo booths courtesy of Any Event Photobooth and Portrait Photo Booth, caricatures by Maria Bolton, photo opportunities with the band, and the Beatlemania Now concert.   Many guests wore their hippie clothes.

Produced gratis by Jennifer Foster Productions in partnership with Go To Team, IDEAS, Pixel 1080, and Leslie Ramos, a touching video of families who call the Coalition “home” led off the concert.  The video was accompanied by an original score and lyrics written from the heart just for the Coalition by David Schweizer, aka Davey Rocker, and featuring the singing voices of Coalition families.  The Coalition now has its own song!

Masters of Ceremonies WKMG Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges and 1059 Sunny FM personality Domino introduced the evening’s entertainment; and Coalition President/CEO, Brent Trotter had the privilege of announcing the winner of an iPad 2.

We want to thank the law firm of Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier and Sos, our presenting sponsor for the seventh year.  Special thanks as well to media sponsors WKMG Local 6 and 1059 Sunny FM; event host Hard Rock Live; and sponsors such as Universal Orlando, Hilton Grand Vacations, Publix, Crave Restaurants, Orlando Magazine, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine, Orange Appeal Magazine, and Winter Park Magazine.  You guys are great!

As a special feature, the concert was also open to the public at $27 (standing) and $37 (seated) per “concert-only” tickets, enabling citizens region-wide to enjoy the Beatlemania Now multi-media musical stage show and help support Coalition for the Homeless. 

To see more pictures of this outta-sight event, click here.  Hope to see you at next year’s Hearts of Gold!