Have-A-Heart Extravaganza Benefits Cancer Patients

By  //  February 11, 2014

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CANDLELIGHTERS OF BREVARD SIGNATURE FUNDRAISER

ABOVE VIDEO: Carrie Wam-McCarthy, Executive Director of Candlelighters of Brevard, talks about the 12th annual “Have-A-Heart” Valentine’s extravaganza.

BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOR BEACH, FLORIDA – In support of children with cancer, and their families, hundreds of supporters turned out for the Candlelighters of Brevard 12th annual “Have-A-Heart” Valentine’s extravaganza.

From Left to Right: Kim Downs (center) with her daughters Shelby Downs (left) and Audrey Downs (right).  Kim Downs and her husband Tom hosted the Sponsorship Reception for the Have-a-Heart Extravaganza.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Kim Downs, center, with her daughters Shelby Downs, left and Audrey Downs, right. Kim Downs and her husband Tom hosted the Sponsorship Reception for the Have-a-Heart Extravaganza.

The annual dinner and auction fundraiser supports Candlelighters of Brevard, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with cancer and their families by offering emotional support and financial assistance.

“We have had incredible success with our sponsors and incredible support from new sponsors this year,” said Carrie Wam-McCarthy, Executive Director of Candlelighters of Brevard.

“We are so grateful going into tonight’s event.  This is our 12th annual Extravaganza. Candlelighters is off to a good start this year, and we are very happy to have a sold-out event.”

SEE HAVE-A-HEART EXTRAVAGANZA SNAPSHOTS BELOW

More than enthusiastic 400 supporters attended the annual event, which was held at Eau Gallie Yacht Club.

A LIGHT OF HOPE FOR KIDS WITH CANCER: From economic assistance to emotional encouragement, Candlelighters of Brevard helps families survive the extreme physical, psychological and practical hardships of this disease. (Candlelighters image)

A LIGHT OF HOPE FOR KIDS WITH CANCER: From economic assistance to emotional encouragement, Candlelighters of Brevard helps families survive the extreme physical, psychological and practical hardships of this disease. (Candlelighters image)

“This organization has been around since 1990,”  said Brendan McCarthy, president of Candlelighter’s Board of Directors.

Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy

“It’s wonderful to see so many people here tonight. We are helping so many families here in Brevard County whose children are battling cancer.”

The event featured a live auction, a silent auction and many generous sponsors – including a drawing for a 2014 Hyundai Sonata, which was once again donated by the Brevard County Hyundai dealers.

“As a result of everyone’s generosity, last year we raised over $193,800 to help carry out the mission of Candlelighter’s, and provide financial support to local families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer,” said Tracey Latshaw, a member of the Board of Directors.

Sponsors for the Have-a-Heart Extravaganza included Cumulus Media, Inc., Maverick Multimedia, Inc., Brevard County Hyundai Dealers, Essentials Spa & Salon, Brevard Executive Limousines, Jessup’s of Melbourne and many more local companies.

ABOVE VIDEO: Brendan McCarthy of Candlelighters of Brevard offers an update on the growth of the organization, and the success of the 2014 signature fundraiser, the “Have-a-Heart” Valentine’s Extravaganza.

For more information visit CandlelightersOfBrevard.org or call 321-728-5600.

SNAPSHOTS FROM CANDLELIGHTERS OF BREVARD HAVE-A-HEART EXTRAVAGANZA

Candlighters of Brevard Executive Director, Carrie Wam-McCarthy, with Candlelighters' Director of Family Services, Adis Perez

Candlighters of Brevard Executive Director, Carrie Wam-McCarthy, with Candlelighters’ Director of Family Services, Adis Perez

Dr. Michael Lesser and Dr. Tim Scott

Dr. Michael Lesser and Dr. Tim Scott

From left to right: Kathleen Nichols, Julie Nicholson, Boshi Nelson, and Bruce Nelson

From left to right: Kathleen Nichols, Julie Nicholson, Boshi Nelson, and Bruce Nelson

From Left to Right: Kathy O'Grady, Vito Spinelli, Dan Rocque (standing), and June Spinelli

From Left to Right: Kathy O’Grady, Vito Spinelli, Dan Rocque (standing), and June Spinelli

From Left to Right:  Tim Dodge and Bruce Rothschild

From Left to Right: Tim Dodge and Bruce Rothschild

From left to right: Louisa Harley, Joe Harley (standing), Bernadette Gernand, and Susie Kendall

From left to right: Louisa Harley, Joe Harley (standing), Bernadette Gernand, and Susie Kendall

Amy and David Fogelberg

Amy and David Fogelberg

From Left to Right: Marci Young, Candleighter's Committee Member,  with Nancy Dyer, Secretary for Candlelighter's Board of Directors.

From Left to Right: Marci Young, Candleighter’s Committee Member, with Nancy Dyer, Secretary for Candlelighter’s Board of Directors.

Megan Wiley and Toni Reed

Megan Wiley and Toni Reed

Dr. Ed Hayes and Becky Hayes

Dr. Ed Hayes and Becky Hayes


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