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Voices’ Annual Gala

Thank you for supporting the Voices 2020 Gala From Home! We can’t wait to see you in person back at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg next year!

The Voices 2020 Gala From Home Broadcast

About the Gala

Join us for games, auctions, entertainment and more from the comfort of your home, and we will tell you about the over 3,500 services we provided for abused and neglected children of all ages.  We provided everything from diapers, beds and car seats to bikes, laptops and tutoring.  We have also launched new programs to provide even more services this year, including Safe With Family Project to serve Pasco County and Opportunity Passport®, a partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to provide the gold standard in financial literacy for young people who grew up in foster care.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, demand is skyrocketing in every area.  For instance, beds are critical, as they allow children to be placed with protective, Sheriff-approved family members, which keeps children in their communities and schools and dramatically improves their outcomes compared to foster care.  Safe beds for each child are also a critical safety resource, reducing sexual abuse and preventing co-sleeping and asphyxiation, the highest cause of death for children in Florida.  Voices continues to operate in partnership with essential service providers during the pandemic to deliver and assemble safe beds in homes.  Beds are one of the most costly items Voices provides, and there has been a huge jump in demand during the pandemic as most other providers are unable to assist with this need and domestic violence cases rise as families are restricted to their homes. 

Thank You Gala Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Friends of Voices Sponsors

Outstanding Community Partners

Thank You Gala Donors!

Charles Abro

Val And John Adams

Eric D. Arias, DDS, PA

Kevin Bakewell

Amy Baldwin

Rand Baldwin

Shelly Ballard

Kim Barger

Tonia Barrett

Rita Becchetti

Adam Berry

David Blount

Virginia Brenman

Bar Burgess

Jackie Burgess

Jason Burgess

Dr. Mark And Jennifer Casanta

Montserrat Cerf

Natividad Cibran

Carol Conaway

Kevin Conaway

Mary Diez

Carol Dinsdale

Erin Dise

Maureen Doyle

Jessica Drye

Jeanne Elliott

Cynthia Faulhaber

Matthew Faulhaber

Sonya Faulhaber

Justin Flood

Carole Frank

Bonnie Freeman

The Frey Family

Meghan Fryd

Tara And Cory Gaffney

Tom And Donna Gaffney

Tom Glenn

Joan Gregory

Travis Hadwin

Paula Haedel

Angela Helmus-O’brien

Laura Hine

Mary Huddleston

Penny Hunter

Ingrid And Jake Jacobus

Kristi Johnson

Mary Kasprzyk

Vanessa Kasprzyk

Rhoda Katz

Lorraine Kelly

Sheila King

William Kolar

Tami Laubhan

CJ Peter Lilly

Doug MacWhinney

Gloria MacWhinney

Kari Mainelli

Joy Mathews

 

Holly Matson

Marilyn Maurin

Patrick Maurin

Peter Maurin

Judy May

Christine Michalek

Joseph Mika

Kelly Mione

Barry And Nancy Shapiro

Robert Pugliese

Traci Pyhel

Kate Rahman

Jake Ramirez

Sarah Ribeiro

Lisa Ross

Edilberto Santiago

Julie Scanlon

Meg Schmidt

Todd Seymour

Genevieve Smith

 

Aaron Staley

Christy Stross

Jason Stross

Marita Sullivan

Vesna Sviglin

Lilliane Taskin

Michele Tipton

Kiley Tollberg

Anita Tuccillo

Bill Valentine

Alissa Vandeman

Thomas Vander Ploeg

Ashley Vanhoose

Marci Wainwright

Deanne Wilkins

Wilma Williams

Kelly Wodtke

Judy Woodworth

Andy Yasparro

Mary Young

Thank You to New York Diamond Center, Delta Construction Partners, Caladesi Fishing Charters, Crown Cars, Horse Soldier Bourbon, Faces of South Tampa, Woodie’s Wash Shack & Restore Hyperwellness and Cryotherapy for your generous auction donations!

Suncoast Stories

Fitting In

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dental Attention

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.

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Unexpected Change

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.

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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.

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Safe Haven 

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.

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Running Shoes

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!

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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!

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Emergency Responses

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!

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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!

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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.

 

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After-school Activities

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!

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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!

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Solid Start 

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.

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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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