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                                                             fundraiSing event

                        2022 Connections Gala ‘Hearts & Hands’…

                                           An Evening Under The Stars

                     Raised Over $350,000 To Help Students With Autism And Related Disabilities

         Connections Education
      Center of the P alm
      Beaches hosted its annual
      fundraising event “Hearts
      & Hands” … An Evening
      Under the Stars, on Feb.
      12, at the National Croquet
      Center in West Palm Beach.
      This gala celebrated the
      students at Connections
      and raised over $350,000   Nancy DiPierro and David
      to continue to provide the   Kunik
      highest quality programs                                                                                                   Chuck McGarrity and Brenda
      to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related   Paola Herrera, Laura Pope and Carol Kaufman  Michael and Leisa Williams  McGarrity
         Honorary Cochairs of the successful event were
      Carol Kaufman, Laura Pope, and Paola Herrera. Michael
      Williams, news anchor at WPTV News Channel 5, served
      as master of ceremonies and shared with guests the
      meaningful work Connections is doing for the lives of
      so many families in our community.
         A special part of the evening’s program recognized
      outstanding members of the community who graciously
      give of their time, talents, and treasures to benefit the
      families of Connections. The Champion of Children
      Award was  given to  three remarkable  honorees. The   Debra Johnson and Sonia Kay Frankie and Irwin Edenzon  Drs. Sheldon Regenbaum  and
      community members that received this award included                                                  Caron Sanua-Regenbaum    Robert Cruz, Paola Herrera
      Brenda  and  Chuck  McGarrity  and  corporate  sponsor
      Pediatric Partners. Connections’ Director of Operations
      Jason Portman received the Everyday Hero award.
         Guests of the evening enjoyed cocktails, music and
      magician Karl Koppertop who entertained throughout
      the night. Those in attendance also had the chance to
      participate in the silent and live auction.
         Sponsors included: The Pope Family, Koppelman
      Family Foundation, First Republic Bank, Daniel and
      Angela Japha, the Joe and Pasena Maroun Family
      Foundation Trust, Henderson Insurance, Padula Bennardo
      Levine, LLP and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
         “We are so grateful to everyone who attended and
      supported our special event,” said Debra Johnson, CEO/
      Principal of Connections Education Center of the Palm
      Beaches. All the generous donations will help with the   Michael Kaufman, Mikayla Matterazzo, Jason Portman,   Caron Sanua-Regenbaum, Tommy Schectman, Susan
      many programs and services we provide to our students   Zachary Edenzon, Alexa Apicella, and Zachary Mortman  Davenport, Caitlin Wells, Paola Herrera
      and families. With only 70 percent of education costs
      provided through state and federal sources, we rely on
      our charitable friends to fund the gap.”
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