Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Imagine if, just because you were different, your peers called you names... excluded you from activities… or physically hurt you…

Nearly 85% of children with special needs are victims of bullying by their peers. Help us break down stereotypes and stigmas which may result in isolation and bullying.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Two days left. Make them count. Give the gift of kindness!

Imagine if, just because you were different, 

                             your peers called you names… 

                                                excluded you from activities…

                                                                            or physically hurt you…


Nearly 85% of children with special needs are victims of bullying by their peers.

Help us break down stereotypes and stigmas which may result in isolation and bullying


Creating Compassionate Children TM – a character development curriculum designed to help students create a culture of understanding, acceptance, inclusion, and respect. 


With your support, we will donate Creating Compassionate Children TM toolkits to encourage meaningful change in preschool and elementary school classrooms.  These kits will help teachers educate their students to better understand about peers who think, communicate, and learn differently.


An annual day of compassion and acceptance is being planned for April 1, 2016 where community leaders and volunteers will read the story of Clay and Ruthie and engage the students to talk about individual differences and abilities and how to be a supportive friend regardless of these differences.  Each character development toolkit costs $100. Will you help share this message of kindness by gifting this program to one or more classrooms with a tax-deductible year-end donation?


 “One of the most difficult things for me in accepting my son’s diagnosis is knowing that someday he will be made fun of or bullied.” John, father of a 4 year old with Autism

P.S. We haven’t heard from you yet?  Won’t you help by making a donation to provide as many kits possible to schools?  Please send your gift now!  A child with special needs is counting on you to help make a difference in their lives.  

The toolkit will include: fact sheets for teachers, samples of sensory items that can help children manage sensory overload, ideas for children to continue and promote the conversation through the Creating Compassionate ChildrenTM character development curriculum and the book, Exceptionally Good Friends: Building Relationship with Autism (winner of 2013 Mom’s Choice Awards and 2015 Autism Society Dr. Temple Grandin Outstanding Literary Work of the Year).   


$100.00 per Kit      

Bradford Renaissance Portraits has partnered with The Unicorn Children's Foundation to raise funds and awareness. To each donor of $200 or greater donation to The Unicorn Children's Foundation, Bradford Portraits will donate a Portrait Seating plus a 14" Wall Portrait on Canvas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

School District of Palm Beach County Honor Video

Be a part of the action when Unicorn Children's Foundation was honored by the School District of Palm Beach County for our donation of the Creating Compassionate Children Character Development Curriculum.

View the video of the presentation by clicking 12.16.2015 Board Meeting 2. Our award is at around 20:55.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Unicorn Children's Foundation Honored by the School District of Palm Beach County

Exciting time for Unicorn Children's Foundation as we were honored by the School District of Palm Beach County for our donation of the Creating Compassionate Children Character Development Curriculum. Two-time award winning author of "Exceptionally Good Friends" Melissa Burkhardt and Sharon Alexander prior to the presentation and our most amazing graphic artist Dawn Donohue helped to make this possible. ‪#‎getcaughtbeingkind‬

Last night's special honor with Superintendent Avossa.

Proud moment with School District of Palm Beach County Superintendent Dr. Alvaro and Board Members. Thank you Kevin McCormick and Dr. Susan Mochen! #getcaughtbeingkind and Unicorn Children's Foundation

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Unicorn Children’s Foundation & Unicorn Village Academy conduct Toy Drive for children in need this Holiday Season

Unicorn Children’s Foundation’s first annual Fire & Ice Holiday Party included a request for guests to bring a gift for a child in need this holiday season. In addition, Unicorn Village Academy conducted a toy drive internally amongst staff, parents, and friends, and between the two joint efforts we are very proud to say that we gathered over 75 gifts for boys and girls in need!

In partnership with Neighbors 4 NeighborsHANDY was identified as the beneficiary receiving the gifts to distribute amongst Broward County children. Evan Goldman, CEO of HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth) was honored and thrilled to receive the gifts in person from Unicorn, saying that there will be quite a few very happy kids this year.

A big THANK YOU to Neighbors 4 Neighbors, HANDY, and all the people whose hard work and efforts made this possible. Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Beauty Queens and Artists Creating Compassion for Special Needs

Miss Florida Teen USA delegates and “world-renowned” speed artist Michael Israel create compassion for individuals with special needs through an appearance at Unicorn Children’s Foundation on Friday, December 11, 2015. 

Miss Florida Teen USA Gracie Smith and the newly crowned Miss Boca Raton Teen USA Olivia Occhigrossi, Miss Delray Beach Teen USA 2016 spoke with students at Unicorn Village Academy about celebrating their differences, interests and abilities to help encourage development of empathy and increased compassion towards children and adolescents with special needs. Ms. Smith and Ms. Occhigrossi helped students prepare Creating Compassionate Children TM toolkits that will be distributed to 500 preschool and elementary school classrooms to break down myths and fears before they develop into stereotypes and stigmas which ultimately result in isolation and bullying. These kits provide a character education curriculum to help teachers and students understand that some of their peers may think, communicate, and learn differently. 

Following, Michael Israel, who has shared limelight with celebrities, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike, shared his talent with these same special needs students as they create a unique one-of-a-kind piece of art. Passion for his work, and compassion for a cause fuse together for an energy that begs enlightenment and understanding on a new plateau that ventures beyond the traditional and accepted styles and “norms” of art. 

This event is the first in a series of events leading up to a coordinated Read for Acceptance day to be scheduled for April 1, 2016.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done and Benefit Unicorn

Happy Holidays and Happy 4th Night of Chanukah if you are lighting the menorah. There is still time to buy gifts online for your loved ones (or treat yourself), with delivery in time for the festivities. With Goodshop, you can check off your holiday shopping list, save money with these great deals, and Goodshop will donate up to 9% of your purchase to Unicorn Children's Foundation!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Help Us Win Up to $25,000

The local United Capital office is supporting us in their Help4Hearts campaign to potentially win up to $25,000. Show us your support by taking advantage of their free offers - they can help improve your life!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Happy Hanukkah!

For our supporters of the Jewish Faith, we wish you and those you love all the good fortunes of life, health, happiness, and peace throughout the New Year.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thank You for Supporting Fire & Ice

What an amazing night we had last night at Fire & Ice at Royal Blues Hotel & Chanson Restaurant. Sometimes you just have to dance in the rain, and that's exactly what we did!! Thank you to our incredible chairs Felette Branch, Joanne Gabay, Sabrina Nelson, and Max Tucci for your all of your hard work and making last night such a success!
A special thank you to our generous sponsors:
Season Sponsor
The Meran Group of Wells Fargo Adivsors
Entertainment Sponsor
IM HealthScience
Spirits Sponsor
LEBLON Cachaça
Champagne Sponsor
La Différence Cosmetics
Wine Sponsor
Lighting Sponsor
Donald H. Nelson
Valet Sponsor
Of course, we could not have done it without everyone who came out and supported! Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Employment Task Force Introduces a New Publication: Connections: Tools and Resources for Adult Life

Employment Task Force Introduces a New Publication: "Tools and Resources for Adult Life"

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. announces a new resource available to individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. "Connections: Tools and Resources for Adult Life" is designed to help individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and their families connect to tools and resources that will help identify the options that are available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in adult life.

This publication is available in English or Spanish.

Fire & Ice Tomorrow Night!

FIRE & ICE is designed to raise awareness about Unicorn Children's Foundation while providing a fun opportunity for guests to mingle, socialize, take part in a sensational mini auction and chances to win high ticketed items. Music will fill the air, a fire dancer will provide "hot" entertainment and Royal Blues Hotel will serve spectacular fair selected by co-chairs Sabrina Nelson and Max Tucci.

There are still tickets available. You can secure yours through our website: or you can call our office at 561-620-9377 x 302

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Unicorn Children's Foundation is participating in ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬, a global day dedicated to giving.

Last year, more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement with Unicorn Children's Foundation.

How can you help make a difference?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Win BIG at Fire & Ice

Purchase your tickets for Fire & Ice where you'll have your chance to win:

#1 –  Dine Around Town
PRP Wine Tasting for 12
Josef’s Table Gift certificate – 2 dinners
Ta-Boo Sunday Brunch for 4
Rocco’s Tacos $50 Gift Certificate
City Oyster $50 Gift Certificate
Publix $100 Gift Card

#2 – Exclusive family portrait plus luxury 5 diamond hotel stay in New York or Palm Beach
Donated by: Bradford Renaissance Portraits

#3 – Sunset Sail with Live Music for 2 in Key West
Donated by: Fury Water Adventures

#4 -  Scriage Spa & Salon Anti-Aging Facial and Private Make-Up Class for 15.
Donated by: Scriage Spa & Salon

#5 - Scriage Spa & Salon Anti-Aging Facial
Donated by: Scriage Spa & Salon

#6 - Scriage Spa & Salon Anti-Aging Facial
Donated by: Scriage Spa & Salon

#7 – Round of Golf for 4 at The Falls Golf & Country Club in Lake Worth
Donated by: Falls Golf & Country Club

#8 – La Difference Basket
Donated by: La Difference

#9 – Weekend Getaway at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort
Includes $50 gift certificate to be used at Patio Bar & Grill/Café Med Ristorante/Burger Craze
Donated by: Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

The State of Special Needs & Disability in Palm Beach County Tomorrow

There are still a few spaces available for tomorrow!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

National Parfait Day

Stop by Raw Juce today and pick up a delicious Oatmeal Parfait! You get a yummy treat and proceeds will be donated to Unicorn Children's Foundation.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Receive The Money Code for FREE and Support Unicorn

The local United Capital office has decided to support our charity. United Capital will donate $25,000 to the charity if the office gets the most hearts. Learn how you can help them earn more hearts here:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Join us tomorrow at Vianna Brasil Jewelers

Join us tomorrow at Vianna Brasil Jewelers where they will donate 10% of sales to Unicorn Children's Foundation! Hope to see you there...

Around the World with Unicorn Luncheon Photos Now Available

The Unicorn Children's Foundation hosts the "Around the World with Unicorn Luncheon" at the Indian Creek Country Club in Indian Creek on Nov. 18th, 2015. 

Thank you to Gwen Taylor for chairing this incredible event, and for all of your hard work and dedication. 

Lisa Petrillo, you were an amazing Mistress of Ceremonies!! We are grateful for your support!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

The Meran Group at Wells Fargo Advisors, Sunshine Health,Gregory's Fine JewelrySimply The Best Magazine, and Eye On South Florida.

Congratulations to Angela Fisher on being inducted into the Visionary Society, and Barry Halperin, Bill Kruegel, and Harry Meran on being inducted into the Order of the Unicorn.

Of course, a huge thank you to everyone who came and supported. We cannot do it without you!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Benefiting the UM-NSU CARD Mobile Developmental Clinic

A portion of the proceeds from our Around the World with Unicorn Luncheon will support the UM-NSU CARD Mobile Developmental Clinic sponsored by Unicorn Children's Foundation.

These clinics provide developmental screenings, resources and information to families with limited resources in underserved communities.

Costs $1000 per day to operate

Fewer than 50% of children with developmental challenges are identified before starting elementary school despite the fact that symptoms may be spotted as early as 14 months of age.

For tickets and more information on our Luncheon, visit