Hearts of Gold raises over $230,000!


Thanks to YOU, the Coalition’s annual Hearts of Gold event was a huge success! Nearly 800 of our friends and supporters rocked with a purpose to the music of Florida rock band Sister Hazel on Saturday, April 5, 2014, raising over $230,000 for our programs and services throughout the year. For the first time ever, the event was held at B. B. King’s Blues Club at Pointe Orlando, providing an up close and personal concert for all the “Hazel-nuts” and new fans who were there.

Orlando singer-songwriter and Coalition friend, Matt Shenk, provided pre-concert entertainment as the crowd bid on unique silent auction items and enjoyed the reception – complete with hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a chance drawing, photo take-aways, and even the Final Four game on the venue’s TVs. Emcee for the evening was Scott McKenzie, MIX 105.1 radio personality, who shared about his own connection to the Coalition. He introduced a heartfelt video and the organization’s President and CEO, Brent Trotter.

Brent told the crowd that because of their ongoing and generous support, “we are able to continue to provide services to over 600 men, women and children each night.” He expressed gratitude to the “amazing seven” event Corporate Sponsors: Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier & Sos; Starwood Vacation Ownership; Walt Disney World; Hilton Grand Vacations; Tupperware; 4 Rivers Smokehouse; and Bright House Networks, some of whom also donated silent auction items. He thanked the Supporting and Community Sponsors and media partners, including WFTV 9 Family Connection, MIX 105.1 and 1059 SUNNY FM, as well as the wonderful Event Committee.

Our wonderful Hearts of Gold Event Committee Corporate Leader, Sandy Hostetter with CNLBank Central Florida, passionately challenged the crowd, “Who’s ready to help me keep my promise to Brent and the Committee and blow our budget out of the water?” She expressed her gratitude to the committee members, especially Coalition Board member Mike Miller and Marla Trautman, as well as the 56 volunteers helping at the event.

The highlight of the evening, of course, was the fantastic concert by Sister Hazel. Not only was everyone thrilled with the intimate setting, but the band proved to be particularly personable and supportive of the Coalition’s mission to transform lives. They were, after all, named after the real Sister Hazel Williams, a Gainesville missionary who ran a homeless shelter.

Our Flick gallery says it all!  Please enjoy.