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Puttin’ on the Ritz (with a Twist) 50th Anniversary Gala

Jan 13, 2018 06:00 PM — Jan 13, 2018 11:00 PM

The Ritz-Carlton
Naples Beach Resort, Main Ballroom 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd

Puttin’ on the Ritz (with a Twist) 50th Anniversary Gala

Our annual Gala event originally evoked images of opulent attire — from top hats and white dinner jackets to gold shimmery accents and sleek black décor. However, in the wake of Irma, we have added a “twist” to the theme. The Puttin’ on the Ritz Gala will still honor David Lawrence Center’s golden anniversary in first-class style. But instead of the standard cocktail fashions and previously suggested white dinner jacket attire, the attire is now “creative black tie.” This year’s gala is a celebration of five decades of lives saved, families healed, a community nourished and the thousands of donors who made it happen along the way. The theme is a nod to the past with a modern twist that will showcase the Center’s AND our wonderful community’s resilience, versatility and history of excellence.

The committee is puttin’ their heart and soul into this important milestone with an elaborate, fun and contemporary vibe that will make donors feel treated like gold. This memorable evening includes dinner, dancing and live entertainment by renowned, fan-favorite Big Swing and the Ball Room Blasters.

For our sponsors and patrons, your support entitles you to an invitation to a Golden Soiree in the week prior to the gala hosted in the private residence of our honorary co-chairs Joyce and Bill O’Meara.

David Lawrence Center’s annual gala, a premier event in Naples, is a critical component of the Center’s efforts to provide comprehensive mental health and addiction recovery services in Southwest Florida. Last year alone, donor support made it possible for more than 9,000 children and adults to receive 220,000 life-saving treatment services. Your support helps David Lawrence Center continue to fulfill its mission and deliver world-class behavioral health solutions to all those in need.

So as Fred Astaire once put it, “Now, if you’re blue, And you don’t know where to go to, Why don’t you go where fashion sits… Puttin’ on the Ritz” and come celebrate 50 years of life-saving work with David Lawrence Center.

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Bill and Joyce O’Meara


  • Jill and Michael Basden


  • Galliford-Mullard Foundation
  • Sheila & Doug Johnson and Kathy & Bill O’Neil
  • Stonegate Bank
  • Julie Diermeir
  • Joyce & Bill O’Meara
  • Lu Drackett
  • The Iqbal & Shelby Mamdani Foundation
  • Suzie Otterbeck
  • Susan K. Lennane Family Fund
  • Toshiko & Jay Tompkins
  • Collier Enterprises
  • Robin & Pat Stranahan
  • Jodi Bertholdt
  • Brown & Brown of SWFL
  • Kelly, Passidomo & Alba, LLP
  • Carole & Frank Weaver
  • Media Sponsor: Gulfshore Life



The cost to attend is $550 per person and $1,500 per patron includes invitation to the Golden Soiree


Reservations and Sponsorships


For additional information, contact Darcy Taylor at (239) 354-1445.


January 13
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


The Ritz-Carlton
Naples Beach Resort, Main Ballroom 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd
Naples,FL34108United States Minor Outlying Islands
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