Unicorn Children’s Foundation Get Down with Motown Gala


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It was Get Down with Motown at The Polo Club of Boca Raton for the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Annual Ball! This was a great opportunity to go back in time, and hop on the Soul Train at the Unicorn’s Annual Ball, on Saturday, February 16th.

Co-chairs Julissa Caballero and Phillip DiPonio created a funky evening of groovy auction items in both the silent and live auction, Motor City soul food, cocktails, and of course the get down Sound of Motown, the music that changed America. Sponsors for the event included Sunshine Health, Silvana and Barry Halperin, Stanley and Marilyn Barry,Toshiba Business, Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton, D3 Advertising, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Florida Chapter Club Managers Association of America, Boca West Children’s Foundation and Motiv8 Events South Florida.

The highlight of the evening was honoring Haley Moss with the Occhigrossi Family Youth in Service Award. Haley is the first openly autistic Florida Attorney. Proceeds from the night facilitate pathways to help kids and young adults with special needs excel in their communities.

For more information on The Unicorn Children’s Foundation, please contact; Ivonne Rodriguez, Program Operations Coordinator (561) 620-9377 Or visit www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org

Gala Committee (L to R): Amanda Ellis, Ashley Brown, Stephanie Hicks, Laurel Dunay, Angela Fisher, Adam Ziffer, Michelle Yellin, Julissa Caballero, Gregory Fried, Valeria Rosenbloom, Juliette Ezagui, Phillip DiPonio


Board of Directors (L to R): Jeannette Stark, Lori Cabrera, Gail Wasserman, Rafael Cabrera, Valeria Rosenbloom, Adam Ziffer, Gregory Fried, Madeline Hillsberg, Joe Eppy, Angela Fisher, Melissa Burkhardt, Juliette Ezagui, Michelle Yellin, Sue Heller
Motown vibe was apparent with all the disco balls cascading throughout the ballroom. The fabulous centerpieces consisted of an arrangement of purple hydrangea with silver painted leaves and touches of red roses and dark purple dendrobium orchids accented with a disco ball set in the arrangement. At the base of arrangement, included four Venetian crystal canisters with purple hydrangea.

You definitely were seated at the special table to receive the thoughtful favor bags, to remember the magical night raising funds and awareness for the Unicorn Children’s Foundation.

Guests received a delightful selection of items in their favor bags such as:

  • Gift cards for Oceans234
  • Gift Certificates from Gregory’s Fine Jewelry
  • Gift Certificates from Brow Diva
  • Bags donated from Wyndham Boca Raton
  • Chocolate covered pretzels by anonymous donor
  • Liquor from the Winebow Group
  • Cakepops by Cakeballs Inc
  • “Coffee for a Cause” Unicorn Dream Makers Blend by Mammoth Coffee Roasting Co.
  •  Simply the Best Magazine
  • Unicorn Tape Dispensers, Towels, and Lip Balm donated by anonymous
As the guest entered the Silent Auction Room for all to enjoy, a Crudite Station to the right of the entry way, and one in the back filled with an assortment of starters.

Passed horderves included:

  • Candied Bacon Bites
  • Spicy Tuna Tartare on Won Ton
  • Chicken and Waffle Skewers
  • Artichoke Beignets
  • Vegan, Vegetable Spring Rolls
When the side curtains were opened, revealed the after party stations. Guest selected from a freshly custom make your own doughnut, pizza, and of course coffee stations.

The Auction Ladies. On the right is Fran Alexander. Registering all guests.

Boogie Oogieing, going to Funky Town, and Shakin’ Our Grove Thing right on the dance floor all night long..
The excitement builds as winners will be revealed in April.


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