Brevard’s 4th Annual Skyfall Gala Raises Thousands for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard

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Saturday’s gala, attended by 160 people, included dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction of prizes

Left to Right: 2019 Bond Johnny Luznar, Gail Luznar and emcee of the Skyfall Gala, Space Coast Daily’s Giles Malone. (CACB image)

BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Held Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Space Coast Health Foundation’s Center for Collaboration, the formal event gave guests the opportunity to learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard, its efforts on behalf of children in the community and also to meet the staff and tour its facilities.

The CACB, a program of the Space Coast Health Foundation, is located at 1100 Rockledge Boulevard (U.S. Highway 1.) 

Saturday’s gala, attended by 160 people, included dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction of prizes and services donated by local businesses and individuals. 

The showcase of Skyfall was the competition for Brevard’s Top Bond 2019. Five business and community leaders spent weeks raising funds for CACB’s mission.

They included: 

  • Rich Hensel, restauranteur, and co-owner of Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Rising Tide, and Junkanoo Island Kitchen and Rum Bar at Port Canaveral
  • Johnny Luznar, vice president, principal and director of the advanced commercial market sector BRPH Architects-Engineers Inc., Palm Shores
  • Steve Wright, system vice president of the hospital division at Health First Inc.
  • Dale Young, an investigator with the 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office
  • John Trudeau, leasing and sales agent at Murphy Cadillac in Melbourne 
Rich Hensel, restauranteur, and co-owner of Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Rising Tide, and Junkanoo Island Kitchen and Rum Bar at Port Canaveral pictured with his wife Catalina. (CACB image)

The five individuals, and the auctions, helped raise nearly $110,000 for the CACB. 

Luznar earned the title of “Top Bond” of 2019. He raised more than $33,000. “We can’t thank our Bond candidates, and sponsors, enough for supporting this signature Brevard fundraising event,” said Susan Moore, president of the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center.

“They are what makes the Space Coast a special place. The money raised will go a long way to making life better for abused and neglected children in Brevard County.” 

Jeanie Raciti, CACB’s director, said: “The Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard is so fortunate to have the support of the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Space Coast Health Foundation board and staff, and individuals in our community who are passionate for children and continue to generously support our center so that we can continue to provide these important services to our most vulnerable children here in Brevard County.” 

Florida Representative, Tyler Sirois of Merritt Island – the Top Bond of 2018 – was Skyfall’s honorary host. (Also present was Ron James and Ken Stackpoole, the 2017 and 2016 Top bonds. 

Giles Malone of Space Coast Daily News emceed Skyfall while Milo Zonka was the guest auctioneer. Both Malone and Zonka are previous Top Bond contestants. 

Major sponsors for Skyfall included: the Space Coast Association of Realtors – SCARF; AMBAL Inc.; Atlantic Development of Cocoa; BRPH; Health First; Vintage Estate Homes; Wickham Dental and Implant Preserve. 

Other top sponsors included: Community Credit Union; Guy and Delores Spearman; Whittaker Cooper Financial; Artemis; Don and Cathy Hemmenway; Ken Stackpoole and Christine Lance; William R Orndorff; Merrill Lynch; Space Coast Health Foundation; John Agee; Antonia Geddes; Peter Herron-Brown; Bob and Jessie Kirk; Miller & Hurt Financial Advisors; Steve and Greg Phelps – Edward Jones Investments; Donna and Louis Linden; Paul Luznar; Kim and Paul Rezanka; Laraine Schultz, Tyler and Katie Sirois; and Brad Tubbs. 

Victory Casino Cruise was Skyfall’s major In- Kind Sponsor, for the fourth year in a row and the Friends of the CACB is grateful for their support. Green Turtle Market catered the event and the Rockledge High School String Quartet, Eau Gallie High School Jazz ensemble and Ellen Little and the Phoenix band performed at Skyfall. 

The Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers whose purpose is to increase awareness of the issues of child abuse and neglect in our community and to raise funding to support the mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard. 

The showcase of Skyfall was the competition for Brevard’s Top Bond 2019. Five business and community leaders spent weeks raising funds for CACB’s mission. (CACB image)

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard was established in 1996 and is now a program of the Space Coast Health Foundation.

The CACB is a multi-agency collaboration of the Child Protection Team, the Florida Department of Children and Families, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and municipal law enforcement agencies, and The Office of the State Attorney.

These core partners of the CACB work together to intervene in the most severe cases of child abuse, including all child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect in Brevard County. 

For additional information about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard, CLICK HERE

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