With your help, Voices will help more children than ever by fulfilling individual requests and developing evidence-based programs with experts to help our youth in new ways! Check out some highlights from the gala below!
Voices of the Year 2021
Andy Yasparro is a man who has touched the lives of more children than he can imagine. He founded The New York Diamond Center in our community in 1988 and moved to his present location in
Clearwater in 2013. For years, he has consistently supported Suncoast Voices for Children by participating in our Annual Gala. However, he has done so much more than that. Every year he has donated pieces of jewelry worth in excess of $40,000 to our live auction. In addition, every year he has provided gift certificates in the amount of $2500 which serves as the basis for our raffle. Those donations greatly impacted the success of our galas which in turn enables every year to meet the needs of abandoned and abused children in this community. When asked why he does it, he stated that he knows when he donates to Suncoast Voices for Children, “the money is going to the kids” and that he “will continue to donate as long as I am able”. This gentle man of few words has changed the lives of so many children. Andy, on their behalf, Thank You!
Cynthia Webb has been a transformative presence for the children Voices serves in Pasco County. As a part of the leadership team of the Timber Greens Women’s Club, Cynthia Webb set up and organized a fundraiser in her community to benefit Voices. As she learned more about Voices’ mission and the needs of children in foster care in the community, she connected Voices with United Way of Pasco County to help grow the Pasco Safe With Family Program, and she has gone on to organize and promote more initiatives and drives for the children served by Voices. In a time when bikes have become increasingly difficult to find and more expensive due to shortages, Cynthia organized a bike drive that has seen dozens of used bikes donated and fine tuned by volunteers that help children in foster care feel normal and young adults who have aged out have a reliable mode of transportation for work and school. Her creativity and thoughtfulness have helped Voices identify and serve many more children in Pasco County. Thank you very much to Cynthia Webb and the Timber Greens Women’s Club!
Thank You, Auction Donors!
Thank You, Gala Sponsors!
Friends of Voices Sponsors
Outstanding Community Partners
Thank You to Everyone Who Donated!
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Abro
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Adams
Mr. and Mrs. John Adams
Ms. Carol Allen
Mr. Andy Ashley
Ms. Claire Babcock
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Deborah Bakewell
Ms. Juli Balcom
Ms. Monika Baldwin
Mr. Rand Baldwin
Mr. Bob Lee and Ms. Kim Barger
Ms. Colleen Barger
Mr. and Mrs. Chris & Helen Barrott
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence & Ali Bearnarth
Mrs. Rita Becchetti
Ms. Jean Behnke
Ms. Layce Berry
Mr. Eugene Berry
Mr. and Mrs. Gary & Elizabeth Blume
Dr. and Mrs. Mark & Jennifer Casanta
Mr. and Mrs. Franz & Adriana Chamorro
Mr. and Mrs. Scott & Karen Clendening
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew & Caroline Coffey
Mrs. Carol Conaway
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Conaway
Mr. Fred Cook
Mr. Matthew Cowley
Mr. and Mrs. Lee & Bernadette Craig
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn & Hollyce Davenport
Mr. and Mrs. David & Margaret Delisle
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dinsdale
Mr. and Mrs. Joe & Erin Dise
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald & Aidee Dohse
Ms. Linda Ellis
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fagan
Ms. Cynthia Faulhaber
Matthew & Fritz Faulhaber
Ms. Sophie Faulhaber
Ms. Sonya Faulhaber
Commissioner Christina Fitzpatrick
Mr. Justin Flood
Mr. Richard Forsyth, Wendover Art Group
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew & Anne Michelle Frey
Mr. and Mrs. Cory & Tara Gaffney
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas & Donna Gaffney
Ms. Victoria Glennon
Mr. Brian & Kristen Gnage
Ms. Jill Goulet
Mr. and Mrs. Wes & Shanae Graham
Mrs. Kim Guido
Ms. Jacqueline Guthrie
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Hadwin
Ms. Elizabeth Heinkel
Ms. Cheryl Hodges
Mr. and Mrs. Dean & Jennifer Hoover
Mr. and Mrs. Jason & Amber Jacobs
Ms. Bonnie James
Mr. Richard Jenkins
Ms. Clare Johns
Mr. and Mrs. Kelly & Michael Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin & Vanessa Kasprzyk
Mr. Chauncey Keene
Mr. Justin Kelly
Ms. Sumaiyya Khan
Mr. Erich Klopfer
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey & Suzanne Kyker
Mr. and Mrs. James Lauttenbach
Mr. and Mrs. William Lazenby
Ms. Jee Lee
Mr. Mario Lentsch
Ms. Dana Levy
Mr. Jeremiah Lewis
Mr. Peter Lilly
Mr. and Mrs. Fred MacFawn
Mr. Doug MacWhinney
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Magnan
Mr. and Mrs. Tom & Kari Mainelli
Colby & Andrea Masterson
Mr. William Matthews
Mr. and Mrs. Michael & Marilyn Maurin
Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Mione
Ms. Barbara Montgomery
Mrs. Eileen Morroni
Ms. Sheri Coker-Newton
Ms. Angela Helmus-O’Brien
Ms. Lois Pardoll
Mr. and Mrs. Mike & Raquel Place
Mr. Tom Vander Plog
Mr. and Mrs. Chris & Traci Pyhel
The Honorable and Mrs. Frank and Suzann Quesada
Ms. Alexandria Quinn
Ms. Alexandra Rahman
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan & Jessica Rangel
Mr. and Mrs. Mario & Marcela Ricaurte
Mr. and Mrs. Lisa & Alan Ross
Dr. Richard Wilkes and Ms. Tina Ruggiero
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Scalon
Mr. and Mrs. Jake & Kimberly Schneider
Mr. Raymond Tetzlaff & Mrs. Lana Schutte-Tetzlaff
Ms. Laurie Tibbetts Serra
Mr. and Mrs. Barry & Nancy Shapiro
Mr. and Mrs. Josh & Jennifer Shaver
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith
Ms. Madeleine Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Kyle & Josie Starke
Michael and Kelly Stinson
Mr. and Mrs. Jason & Christy Stross
The Honorable Irene Sullivan
Mr. and Mrs. Richard & Elaine Surette
Ms. Nina Sweet
Ms. Lacey Tatro
Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Terra
Mr. Jeffrey Thibeau
Mr. Randall Thibeau
Ms. Sacha Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy & Kiley Tollberg
Mr. and Mrs. William & Kathy Valentine
Mr. and Mrs. Jim & Celeste Valenty
Ms. Marci Wainwright
Ms. Susan Wallace
Ms. Heidi Warner
Dr. and Mrs. Drew & Julianna Warnick
Mr. Ari Weisberg
Mrs. Sabine Williams
Ms. Sharon Winchester
Ms. Cristie Wolfe
Mr. Ron Wolfson and Ms. Judith Woodworth
Ms. Christine & Joshua Wyatte
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Yasparro
Mr. Dylan Yasparro
Ms. Cara Zingre
Gulf Beaches Rotary Club
American Legion Auxilary Cross Bayou Post 252
Andy is 15 and 6’3”. His family was living in a tent, and Andy became embarassed to go to school because the other kids knew his living situation and he always smelled bad. Suncoast Voices provided Andy with food, shirts, pants, underwear, socks and shoes, laundry detergent, and personal hygiene items, as well as help with laundering clothes, so he could go to school without feeling ashamed about his life situation that he can’t control.
When Santa Doesn’t Make It
Jenny is four-years-old and living with a non-relative friend who took her in when she was removed from parents that neglected her. She asked Santa for a tricycle, but it never arrived, and she wants to play with her cousins, but their bikes are too big for her. Suncoast Voices used donations from people just like you to give Jenny a Frozen tricycle of her own.
Keeping Babies Safe
One grandma took in three children when one of their fathers was found in a hotel room with the sleeping baby next to a gun and a bag of drugs. The second father broke into Grandma’s home and tried to take the infant, and the other also broke in by busting down the door. Suncoast Voices bought door and window alarms to protect the safety of everyone in the house.
Helping Single Dads Stay Afloat
Suncoast Voices, through generous contributions from our donors, was able to provide a crib and a baby swing for a newborn girl who was place in the custody of her father when her mother was rendered unable to care for her because of severe mental health issues. The loving dad is renting a room and trying to work more to be able to financially support his child, but he can’t afford everything she needs, so the items from Suncoast Voices were invaluable to her well-being and his peace of mind.
Bella is four and has been neglected most of her life. Before entering foster care, she never saw a dentist or had medical attention, and she possibly had never had a toothbrush in her mouth. When she entered foster care, the extent of her dental problems was discovered. A pediatric dentist determined she needed six teeth extracted, three teeth filled, and two spacers fixed, as well as a surgery to remove a painful abscess in her mouth that was making it difficult for her to eat. Sunshine Medicaid would not cover the cost of the surgery because it required anesthesia, so Suncoast Voices, with the help of our generous donors, stepped up and covered the entire cost so Bella could have relief.
A few days before Thanksgiving, Benjamin and Brian, ten-year-old twins, were abandoned suddenly by their parents, who made no attempt to contact them. They have been placed with an aunt who only had camping cots for them to sleep on and no funds to purchase beds. Suncoast Voices gave them a set of twin beds and comfortable bedding to provide them with some small sense of normalcy in all of the transition.
Filling Hearts And Holes
Four-year-old Didi was found the day before her 5th birthday by a Child Protection Investigator, living with her homeless mother on her mother’s friend’s couch. She had only one dress, that was full of holes, and one toy. Her first question to the CPI was if she knew how to sew. Because of donations we receive from people just like you, Suncoast Voices was able to give Didi a birthday party, with a real cake, new toys, and new shoes and clothes - without holes.
James, who is transgender, was abused by his family. He experienced extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which led to sleep disturbances, panic attacks, anger issues, unrestricted crying, anxiety, paranoia, and horribly depleted self-esteem. He was homeless for some time, and didn’t attempt to communicate with his parents. James persevered, and is now headed for a college education! He has his own place to live, but he has no furniture. Because of the generosity of our donors and our community partner New2UThriftStore, Suncoast Voices was able to provide $400 towards furniture and appliances, so James can create his own home that is safe from hate.
Fourteen-year-old Anthony was abandoned by his mother and is unable to be cared for by his homeless father. He lives in a group home where many abused children go when they are older than prospective adoptive parents will generally take in. He wanted to join the track team, but had no one to pay for his running shoes, so Suncoast Voices provided what he needed through the support of donors like you!
Keeping Siblings Together
Jack, Tom, and Heather (ages eight, ten, and twelve) were removed from their mother because she left them alone more than eight hours a day, and they were often seen outside playing unattended by bodies of water. They now live in separate group homes. Thanks to donations from donors just like you, Suncoast Voices was able to send them to summer camp together, where they will learn how to swim and play, with supervision!
A fire in one house endangered three-month-old twins, who were born prematurely and already had significant breathing issues. While the medical personnel treated them for smoke damage, Suncoast Voices was contacted by Child Protection Investigators to provide them and their two-year-old brother with new clothing and blankets (which had been destroyed in the fire). We were able to give them what they needed immediately, thanks to donors like you!
Beds Of Their Own
Three children (ages twelve, six, and seven months) were removed from their parents’ home because of substance abuse and domestic violence. These precious kids were sent to live in Grandma and Grandpa’s crowded three bedroom house, which was inhabited by no less than seven other people at the time. They found themselves sleeping wherever they could find room (the floor, the couch, etc.). Suncoast Voices was able to give all three children beds of their own through the generous donations of caring people!
Sports And Healing
Daniel, Darlene, and Davey (ages ten, eight, and four) were abandoned by their mother after their dad was sent to prison for domestic violence, and were sent to live with Grandma and three other children. Often, children that witness violence experience a form of PTSD and need to process it through positive physical activity. Thanks to Suncoast Voices and our donors, Daniel will play on a rec flag football team, while Darlene and Davey will play soccer! We purchased cleats and uniforms, and paid the team fees, so that they could have fun, expend their energy, and build healthy relationships with other kids and coaches.
Five-year-old Lily was removed from her mother and now lives with her single father. She wanted to play baseball with the other kids after school, but lacked cleats, and her father could not afford them. Her case worker reached out to Suncoast Voices, who was able to give her new cleats (thanks to donor support) so she could participate!
From Dissonance To Harmony
Anna Lisa was removed from her parents at age 12, and sent to live with Grandma and three other siblings. She is a talented violinist, but had outgrown the instrument the school had been providing. Because of donations we received, Suncoast Voices was able to give her a violin of her own that was the right size and quality for her musical ability, so she can keep developing her talent and cope with her pain through music!
Tiffany turned 18, and is now transitioning out of the foster care system. 20% of children who age out become instantly homeless, and Suncoast Voices (along with our community partner New2UThriftStore) was able to provide items such as appliances and furniture for Tiffany’s apartment so that she did not join that number.
A Night To Remember
The costly nature of senior year is something that foster kids simply can’t afford. Suncoast Voices gave two 17-year-old girls living in foster care tickets for the prom, prom dresses and shoes, and hair and makeup accessories so they could have a special evening even though their families were torn apart by trauma.
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