David Lawrence Center Signature Gala, “Magical Musical Tour – Dancing Through the Decades” Set for January 13th, 2017

November 17th, 2016

Naples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and addiction treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce the 2017 annual fundraising gala “Magical Musical Tour – Dancing Through the Decades,” will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Beach Resort (280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd) in the main ballroom.

The exciting new event theme “Magical Musical Tour – Dancing Through the Decades” was inspired by the Center’s nearly 50-year history. This signature event promises a memorable evening of dining, dancing and fundraising in celebration of the Center’s five decades of serving the mental health and addiction treatment needs of our community.

The event is sure to be an evening of fun with a world famous, fabulous band and live entertainment inspired by the 1960s to today. Whether you like swing, Motown, rock or disco there will be something for everyone. The fun won’t stop with the music and entertainment as guests are encouraged to dress in decade-inspired cocktail attire.

David Lawrence Center’s annual gala, a premier, award-winning event in Naples, is a critical component of the Center’s efforts to provide world-class, comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services right here in our community. Last year alone, more than 9,000 children and adults benefited over 220,000 treatment services and demand is growing as the community continues to grow. Proceeds from the gala will help the Center continue to deliver help and hope to thousands of children in need and enhance early intervention strategies.

Gala Co-Chairs include Jill and Michael Basden, Jackie Cronacher, Sheila Johnson, Sue Lennane, Linda Richards Malone, Vickie Nolen, Caroline Ridgway, Wynnell Schrenk, Robin and Pat Stranahan, Christine Williamson and George Zundell.

Co-chair Robin Stranahan who has served as a co-chair and gala committee member for more than 10 years, stated, “There are hundreds of charitable organizations in our community that help make Naples a better place to live. However, with its ever-increasing population, the critical needs of thousands of adults and children are rising at a staggering rate. Mental illness and addiction are two serious problems we must address by coming together to help those who cannot help themselves and providing them the best possible services.” She adds, “We are very fortunate to have David Lawrence Center in Naples providing top quality professional care that is available to everyone, but they need our financial support to continue their mission. The gala is a great avenue to help raise that support.”

Event sponsors include Arthrex, Brown and Brown/ Florida Blue, Cummings and Lockwood, LLC., Galliford-Mulard Foundation, Douglas and Sheila Johnson, Moe and Dot Kent, Susan K. Lennane Family Fund, Monica McVicker, Naples Illustrated, Naples Trust Company, Norman Love Confections, Kathryn K. Rieger/Kohn-Joseloff Foundation, George and Wynnell Schrenk, Stonegate Bank, Stephen and Mary Smith, Laura Strain, Pat and Robin Stranahan, Kermit and Jenny Sutton, The Amaza Foundation Trust, Jay and Toshiko Tompkins, and Truly Nolen of America.

Tickets to the event are $550 per person or $1,500 per patron (includes an invitation to the Patron Party at an Old Naples beachfront home on an evening prior to the gala). There are also a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Tickets can be purchased online at DavidLawrenceCenter.org or by calling (239) 304-3505.

Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Center is a national leader in providing world-class mental health and substance abuse solutions for children, adolescents and adults. The Center’s innovative, integrated treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, David Lawrence Center creates life-changing wellness for more than 9,000 people through over 220,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500 or click here.

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