Friday, January 29, 2016

Unicorn Children’s Foundation to honor “Everyday Angels” in support of Neurodiversity

On February 27th, 2016, The Unicorn Children’s Foundation will host its Angel Ball at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida.  Proceeds of the evening will support awareness, education, acceptance, and opportunity for children diagnosed with special needs.

Chaired by Gregory Fried & Marie Occhigrossi and hosted by Miss Florida Teen USA Gracie Smith, the evening will feature the acclaimed speed artist Michael Israel, who will be unveiling a new series of art in support of children and their families who are challenged by neurodiversity.  The event will culminate with special recognition of our honorees who work every day to support, advocate for, and empower individuals who think, communicate, and learn differently–

Arthur Adler, President of Boca West Foundation, will receive the Rosenbloom Shining Star Award for using his position in life to promote awareness of and offer solutions for the struggles of children and families.

Rachel Barcellona, USA National Miss Central Florida and Miss Tampa International, will be awarded The Occhigrossi Family Youth in Service award in recognition of her exceptional work on behalf of individuals challenged by autism and related disorders.

Jeannette Stark, founding member of Unicorn’s Board of Directors, will receive the Grand Ambassador Award which recognizes individuals for their extraordinary leadership, passionate advocacy of, and long-standing generosity to The Unicorn Children’s Foundation.

Guests will dine while experiencing a variety of entertainment including live musical performances by: Soul Survivors, South Florida’s best live band; Kendra Erika, a talented young up and coming singer/songwriter recently named “Boca’s Most Fascinating Singer”; and Carlos De Antonis, an Argentinean world-famed opera tenor extraordinaire.  Angel Ball tickets are $300 per person and may be purchased through the foundation’s website or by calling 561-620-9377.

With 1 of every 6 children affected by some form of intellectual or developmental disability, most of us have experienced the challenges first-hand or know someone who has.  There are a wide range of opportunities to support the mission of the Unicorn Children's Foundation, including sponsorship opportunities, making donations, or participating in the auction online.  A big thank you to this year’s supporters: Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, The Meran Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Sunshine Health, Simple The Best magazine, United Capital, Eye On South Florida, The Occhigrossi Family, and the Boca West Country Club.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time is Running Out to Place Your Ad

Have a business you want to promote? Want to congratulate an honoree? Time is running out to place your ad in our Program Journal.

Not only will each guest take home your message in our book, but the ads will also be looping throughout the evening on video screens.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to spread the word or show some love.

Deadline: February 8th.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Aretha Franklin Concert to Benefit Unicorn Village Academy!

Tickets will be mailed by Boca West in March. Your seats for the concert will be selected at random through a lottery. All seats are good seats! You and your guests will be seated together.

Secure your tickets early before they are all sold out!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Online Auction Now Open

Our Online Auction is now open for The Angel Ball. It will close on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 12pm EST. Bidding will resume at the event on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Keep checking back, because we will continue to add more unique items throughout the month.

Can't make it to the event? Your online bid will be recorded, and carried onto the gala. If you remain the highest bidder, you will be contacted after the event.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Aretha Franklin Concert to Benefit Unicorn Children's Foundation

Boca West Foundation proudly announces that the star of the Concert for the Children…. A Tribute to Natalie Cole…. truly UNFORGETTABLE! on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 on the Great Lawn at Boca West Country Club is the Queen of Soul herself…… Aretha Franklin!

Tickets: $175

Buy Tickets/Raffles:

100% of the proceeds from the Concert for the Children and the Raffle that we collect will directly benefit Unicorn Children's Foundation.

2016 Raffle Prizes
Suggested Donation: $25 per ticket OR $100 for a booklet of 5 tickets.

1st Prize
$7,500 Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Spree

2nd Prize
8 Day all-inclusive European River Cruise aboard the "Scenic Opal" (Cruise Dates: Aug 1-8, 2016)

3rd Prize
7 Day all-inclusive vacation at The St. James Club Morgan Bay in Antigua

The Raffle Drawing will take place on Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Gala Cocktail Party during the Boca West Foundation Week.

Winners do not have to be present at the event.

Miss Franklin is an 18 time winner of the Grammy Awards. Has sold over 75 million records. She was the first woman selected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was named the #1 singer of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Aretha Franklin Concert to Benefit Unicorn Children's Foundation

Thanks to the Boca West Foundation, you can see the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, LIVE at Boca West Country Club and 100% of your ticket sale through us will benefit Unicorn Children's Foundation!! We are so excited for this amazing opportunity!
Tickets will be on sale soon, so keep your eye out for more updates!!

211Broward​ Non-Profit Award Nominee

Congratulations to all of the 211Broward​ Non-Profit Award Nominees.  Our very own Executive Director, Sharon Alexander, was proud to have been one of the esteemed judges of many deserving and impactful organizations.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Special Needs Advisory Coalition 1/13/16

Nearly 70 representatives of various agencies came together today to discuss the implementation of a business plan to transform supports and services for individuals with special needs in Palm Beach County.

Thank you to Café Maurice at Edventure Charter School for the delicious lunch. EdVenture Charter offers alternatives to traditional education through a multi-faceted approach designed to educate, shape appropriate behavior, teach employment and maintenance skills to place disabled at-risk students into long-term community based employment.

There is still time to have your voice heard if you participated in the process during 2015 by visiting

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Special Needs Advisory Coalition 1/13/16

We encourage you take 10 minutes to complete the Special Needs Advisory Coalition Satisfaction by January 10, 2016.  Your feedback can remain anonymous and it will help us to refine the process during phase 2 as well as demonstrate to our funding partners how valuable this project is to the community.  You may access this survey by clicking on the link below.

The results of this survey will be presented to prospective funders so we need to hear from as many of you as possible.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 12-2pm at Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.  All rsvp’s should be sent to Dr. Ann Faraone at by Tuesday, January 12th.

We will be providing lunch so your RSVP is MANDATORY.

As we begin the process of developing the final report materials and prepare to create a virtual hub, we would like to use photos of residents and service providers in Palm Beach County.  If you have photos of friends, children, clients, or your activities that you wish to be included, please forward high-resolution images to our Communications Coordinator, Amy Mann, at

Looking forward to seeing you next week!

A Nonprofit's Guide to Social Media

Had a great morning at the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce for A Nonprofit's Guide to Social Media presented by The Buzz Agency on behalf of Boca West Foundation. You learn something new every day!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Only 24 hours left to help us win up to $25,000!

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Sharon Alexander Featured in Boca Raton Magazine

Thank you to Boca Raton magazine for doing this incredible feature on our Executive Director, Sharon Alexander in the January 2016 Issue!