Sweet Charity, The Sharing Center's annual afternoon of desserts, wine and fashions, raised about $50,000
just a week after Hurricane Irma made the center's services more vital than ever.
More than 350 people attended, and 80 volunteers helped to make the Sept. 17 event happen at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Vendors worked overtime to contribute delicious desserts, and businesses and individuals throughout Seminole County donated thousands of dollars' worth of goods and services for raffles and auctions.
The proceeds from the Sept. 17 event will help The Sharing Center meet client needs that have multiplied since the storm - especially rent, utility and food supplements for those who lost income and may still be without work. Many of those who attended or donated to Sweet Charity were still without power or water, and some were recovering from flooding or other damage from Irma. But the storm didn't diminish their spirit of giving.
Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel again served as an entertaining master of ceremonies, and Michael and Ben Kramer returned with music for the fashion show that's the highlight of the Sweet Charity program. Sweet Charity couldn't happen without generous contributions from more than 125 local small businesses. As Sharing Center CEO Angie Romagosa reminded guests, these are the business willing to invest in the cities and towns where we live, so let's invest in them by shopping locally.
And, by the way, now's a good time to put the next Sweet Charity on your calendar: Sept. 23, 2018.True to the name everyone was treated to great wine, delectable desserts and wonderful chocolates from some of the best bakery chefs in Central Florida.
The excitement continues with the champagne and diamonds game, silent auction, and the raffling of over 30 incredibly creative gift baskets.
AUCTION & RAFFLE BASKETS
Private Wine Tastings
Spa Service Certificates
Restaurant Gift Certificates
Orlando Professional Sports Game Tickets
Collegiate Sports Memorabilia & Game Tickets
Walt Disney Family Fun Day
Mini Lemon Petifores
Variety of Specialty Cupcakes
Godiva Chocolate Truffles
Pinot Grigio Sorbet