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      16th Annual SleepOut from page 1                   mission pathway through a client’s eyes, and enjoy an
                                                         auction, music, a celebratory program, and an inspiring
      Palm Beach County, SleepOut is part of The Lord’s Place’s   candlelight ceremony. SleepOut will shine light on those
      effort to spread awareness and raise the much-needed funds   experiencing homelessness in our community – helping our
      to provide the resources, programs, and services necessary   most vulnerable neighbors access the tools needed to create
      to break the cycle of homelessness. The fundraising goal is   sustainable, independent lives.
      $325,000 and all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar     After the program, all attendees are encouraged to set up
      until March 31, by The Honorable Ann Brown.        sleeping bags and tents at the event, uniquely on the outfield,
        In addition to the hopeless eyes behind the person holding   or in their homes or backyards. SleepOut encourages people
      the “homeless and hungry” sign on the side of the street, there   to step out of the comfort of their homes for a night in a
      are many who are unhoused and hidden from sight: the man   symbolic effort to raise awareness of those without a home.
      whose rent recently skyrocketed and no longer has a place to     “At The Lord’s Place we recognize that all people deserve
      live; the woman who became disabled in a car accident, can no   respect and a place to call home; so, we are answering the
      longer work, and whose disability check doesn’t cover the cost   call for help. Let us take you out to the ballpark for a night
      of living in Palm Beach County; the mother who is working   where you can give back to our community and learn how
      during the day while her children are at school and then sleeping   to be part of the solution, and, in turn, we will be your feet
      in their car at night. These scenarios are too prevalent.   on the street helping those most vulnerable,” stated CEO
        SleepOut 2023 is your opportunity to help. Based on   Diana Stanley.
      the community’s feedback, The Lord’s Place reimagined     Register to attend this free, fun, and life-changing
      this annual event with brand-new activities. SleepOut will   event using the code “FreeEvent” or make a donation of
      give people of all ages the opportunity to actively engage   any size to be matched by The Honorable Ann Brown:
      in hands-on volunteer opportunities, travel the agency’s
        Sitting On A Rainbow

        Palm Beach Gardens                               Book Review:                                      Closing candlelight ceremonies at past SleepOut events
                                                           Taylor Hagood, a Professor of Literature at FAU,
        Resident, James Patrick                          and among other impressive achievements author of the     “No one should have to worry about whether they have a

        Rooney, Is Proud To                              upcoming Stringbean: The Life and Murder of a Country   roof over their heads. This year, I am matching every single
                                                         Music Legend had this to say about Sitting on a Rainbow:
        Announce The Release Of                             This debut novel is full of magic, Irish folklore and   dollar raised for SleepOut, because when my husband Donald
                                                                                                           and I first attended SleepOut almost 10 years ago, we were
                                                         history, and  romance  all wound around experiences
        His First Novel: Sitting On A                    of disability and drama inside a high-stakes wealth   moved. We saw ‘the world’ represented at this great equalizer
                                                                                                           and were impressed and moved by the number of people
                                                         management firm in West Palm Beach. James Patrick
        Rainbow: A 21st Century Irish                    Rooney gives the reader a great yarn with intriguing   coming together with donations, large and small, to make a
                                                                                                           difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.
        American Morality Tale                           characters and a fully realized protagonist whose defeats   I continue to give in memory of Don. It is my way to honor
                                                         and triumphs are attuned to an excellent soundtrack.
                                                           Jim extends his gratitude to the accomplished Professor   him,” commented Brown.
                                                         Hagood for his generous comments.                   Attendees are also encouraged to bring supplies to help
                                                           Sitting on a Rainbow: a 21st Century Irish American   create school backpacks, pantry baskets, cleaning buckets,
                                                         Morality Tale (ISBN: 9781958729625 /9781958729571)   and outreach bags during the event. The kits assembled will
                                                         can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble,   serve the 1,800 clients who are in The Lord’s Place care every
                                                         Walmart, Books-A-Million, and elsewhere. The paperback   year, including those currently living on the street and in their
                                                         retails for $20.99, the hardcover retails for $29.99, and the   housing programs for men, women, and families. For more
                                                         eBook retails for $6.99. Wholesale orders are available   information on the items to bring, visit:
                                                         through Ingram. Review copies, signed copies, interviews,   Volunteer service hours will be provided.
                                                         and book club appearances may be available upon request.    Each additional housed person in Palm Beach County is a
                                                                                                           home run. Attend SleepOut 2023 and help hit homelessness
                                                         About The Author:                                 out of the ballpark.
                                                                                                           About The Lord’s Place
                                                           First time author James Patrick Rooney was born in     For more than 40 years, The Lord’s Place has been
                                                         Bronx, New York, raised in Westchester County, and has   working to break the cycle of homelessness for men, women,
                                                         been living and working in Northern Palm Beach County for   and children in Palm Beach County, through innovative,
                                                         his entire adult life. After having been blessed to reside in
          Sitting on a Rainbow: a 21st Century Irish American  such world-class communities as PGA National, Admiral’s   compassionate and effective services. It provides supportive
        Morality Tale is a story of severe loss and courageous  Cove, Tequesta Country Club, Seminole Landing, and Old   and graduate housing at 12 locations; operates social
        resilience, financial markets and malfeasances, Irish  Marsh, he and his wife, Cindy, now live in the exceptional   enterprises including Joshua Catering; provides job training
        history and mythology, justice served, and broken promises  community of BallenIsles. To accomplish this impressive   and placement services, clinical and care coordination, and
        remaining to be mended.                          array, in sum, they always bought early and sold too soon.  community engagement services; and has a highly-successful
          Set in West Palm Beach, Florida, in the early 2010s, the    Young Jimmy’s first loves included sports, particularly   reentry program helping men and women transitioning from
        novel follows Patrick Connelly, a mid-fifties paraplegic  ice hockey, a variety of music and culture, and his adopted   incarceration. For more information visit
        who works as a stockbroker and financial advisor at a major  homeland of Ireland. When an ice hockey-related injury
        Wall Street firm. The protagonist, whose life experience  at age nineteen left him a paraplegic, he turned his focus   Editorial copy appearing herewith is not necessarily the viewpoint of
        oftentimes mirrors the author’s, not only faces the adversity  away from the physical toward developing his mind. Soon   Seabreeze Publications of Central Florida. Most editorial copy is created by
                                                                                                            the homeowners and is edited by their appointed editor.
        of disability each day, but also has a front row seat to the  after finishing college at (then infamous) “Suntan U” in
        financial difficulties plaguing so much of society. Through  Coral Gables, he began a successful thirty-year career in
        his journey, from disruption in his career to struggles with  financial advisory with a major Wall Street firm. At about
        love, powerful friendships to moments of despair at the state  that same time, he met his enduring love—his family.
        of humanity, readers are pulled into a rich, detailed world  Married to Cindy ever since, together they’ve raised
        that combines elements of history, Irish myth, finance, the  two superb children—Patrick and Megan—who are now
        arts, and beyond. As the story unfolds, Patrick must take  thriving young adults.                    Seabreeze Publications
        bold action to save his career—and maybe even his life.    While managing an ambitious reading group (Old
          Complete with a playlist of relevant songs to enjoy  Marsh—2005-2014), Jim fell in love with fine literature         Publisher
        while reading, Rooney’s book is a unique approach to  and was inspired to write more competently (i.e., several       M. Sean Reid
        memoir, fiction, and education that ultimately digs into  college-level creative writing courses and other modes of     J. Reid
        what it means to live a life of joy and purpose. Readers  self-learning). To hone his skills further, he wrote short
        will encounter romance, business, mystery, and folklore in  stories, imaginary book reviews for his reading group,       Sales
        this textured and detailed narrative, and feel inspired by  and later edited and authored articles for a now defunct   Tom English, Laura Berrio, Bret McCormick
        the main character’s determination to find the magic and  lifestyle website (2018-2020). After stepping away from
        beauty all around him.                           financial advisory in 2014, Jim began working on his first   Production Manager   Lee Nostrant
          With messages of hope, lessons from both history and  novel. As is often said, starting with a few core ideas the   Production Department
        present day, and a window into the daily experiences of  story then wrote itself.                      Elaine Donholt • Ruth Nekoranec • Katie Heystek
        disability, Rooney’s sweeping story contains eye-opening    To learn more, please visit Jim’s related website at:   Sherry Whalon • Dianne Strout •  Karen Kalisz
        insights and inspiring moments for readers of all kinds.
        Jim hopes his lighthearted, romantic, suspenseful, and                                                 All rights reserved. Reproduction or utilization of these contents in any
        cautionary morality tale will entertain all who come and                                             form by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, including xerography and
                                                                                                             photocopying is forbidden without the written permission of the Publisher.
        sit on the rainbow with him.                                                                           The Publisher is not responsible or liable for misinformation or misprints
                                                                                                             herein contained and reserves the right to accept or reject all copy deemed
                                                                                                             unsuitable for publication.
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