Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thank You Stephen Hinkel

Thank you to Stephen Hinkel for helping spread awareness of Unicorn Children's Foundation at the gym!!

Stay tuned for some awesome footage... #LiftingBoca


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Join us for Fright Night at Blue Martini Boca Raton

Unicorn Children's Foundation is benefiting from Law Offices of Berman & Berman, PA's 4th Annual Fright Night at Blue Martini Boca Raton!!

Hosts: Melissa Gorga & Joe Gorga of Real Housewives of New Jersey
Emcee: Chanel West Coast of Ridiculousness

Costume Competition for great Prizes!

Limited Capacity: Must RSVP or for VIP Tables
egolden@thebermanlawgroup.com

Free to Attend!!!!
Suggested donations at the door:
Benefiting Unicorn Children's Foundation


Friday, September 23, 2016

Reigning champions yet again defend title at Unicorn Children’s Foundations’ Celebrity Bartending Battle!


Boca Raton FL – September 16th, 2016 – Unicorn Children’s Foundation is pleased to announce that our 3nd Annual Bartender’s Battle was a smash hit!  Building on the excitement of the past year, this year saw not only an increase in attendance and awareness, but also a significant increase in proceeds.  Overall, Unicorn collected nearly $40,000 to help kids with special needs excel in the community!

Reigning champions Bill Kruegel (Sunshine Health) and Sarah Hassan (IM HealthScience) managed to defend their title and keep the coveted first place trophy.  Felette Branch (Gucci) and Heather Shaw (Saks Fifth Avenue), Gregory Fried (Gregory’s Fine Jewelry) and Marcie Butters (Butters Construction), and Kendra Erika (Singer/Songwriter) and Julissa Caballero (Toshiba Business Solutions) all put forth a valiant effort, and despite not claiming victory, still are winners in their support of neurodiversity.  Everyone here at the Unicorn Children’s Foundation extend not only our congratulations, but also our heartfelt gratitude to all the bartenders for their participation and support. 

 

As always, the Event Center at Farmers Table was a perfect venue for this event.  They provided amazing hors d’oeuvres, fantastic room layout that this year included nice comfy couches, and staff that were not only professional, but very effective and timely in their service and help.  The entire team went above and beyond all expectations, and amazingly they completely sponsored and underwrote the event, including the space, food AND beverages.  We here at Unicorn feel very fortunate to have their support, and extend a huge shout out to Joey Giannuzzi and the rest of his team for everything they do for us!  We would also like to thank our other sponsors, organizations, and people whom contributed to the overall success of this event; Sunshine Health, Simply the Best Magazine, Eye on South Florida, iRemember Box, The Happy Printer and our wonderful Volunteers.

 

Finally, a big THANK YOU to the cross-section of South Florida’s community leaders, business professionals, philanthropists, and attendees who participated in and supported this event, and who helped make it a success!  We could not do what we do without your support.

 

Don’t miss Unicorn’s next event, and first ever, Evening at The Birdcage – A cabaret inspired dinner and show, including special Diva appearances by some of your favorite Unicorn and non-Unicorn faces.  Join us for this tribute to Dragging Out Acceptance at LIPS Restaurant on November 20th!  Please visit our webpage atwww.UnicornChildrensFoundation.org/event/birdcage for tickets and/or to vote for your favorite Diva – $100 for 2 drinks, dinner and show or $125 for VIP champagne reception, 2 drinks, dinner and show. Votes are $10 each.   

 

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About the Unicorn Children’s Foundation

Unicorn Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization providing education, awareness and funding opportunities to organizations for special needs children in an effort to help kids excel in the community.  For millions of special needs children with developmental, communication and learning challenges, finding a cure is like chasing a rainbow in that a cure remains elusive. The Unicorn Children’s Foundation is expanding the collective special needs community to help acknowledge, celebrate and integrate the special qualities possessed by neurodiverse children with Autism, ADHD, Bipolar, Asperger’s, Dyslexia and other learning disorders. 



Join Us for Fright Night!

Unicorn Children's Foundation is SO excited to be the beneficiary of Law Offices of Berman & Berman, PA​'s 4th Annual Fright Night at Blue Martini Boca Raton​!!

Join Hosts Melissa Gorga​ & Joe Gorga​ of Real Housewives of New Jersey​ and Emcee Chanel West Coast​ of Ridiculousness​ for a night you won't forget!!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1149901965052726/


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Now Hiring: 3 Positions

Great opportunity to work with a dynamic organization: 1 internship and 2 full-time positions. Posting will close on September 30.



Photos from 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle Online

The 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle sponsored by Farmer's Table Boca was a tremendous success and raised over $40,000 for the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, which raises awareness and support of Neurodiversity. 

Neurodiversity refers to children who think, learn and communicate differently due to developmental challenges like Autism, Dyslexia and other learning disorders. Congratulations to celebrity bartenders Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel who enjoyed winning 3 years in row!

The team totals were:
Sarah & Bill $24,794
Greg and Marcie $4,544
Julissa & Kendra $3,500
Felette & Heather $2,641

Congratulations and thank you to ALL of our teams who helped us raise so much money tha will directly support and impact our special needs youth and their families. You all worked SO hard!!

Thank you to our amazing sponsors Farmer's Table BocaSunshine HealthIRememberBoxSimply The Best Magazine, and Eye On South Florida for your generosity!!

Of course, we couldn't do it without all of our incredible supporters. Thank you for helping us make a difference.



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Rafael and Adam!

Today is a special day in our Unicorn Family... Happy birthday to Rafael Cabrera and Adam Goodkin!!! Wishing you both an incredible day!!!



Friday, September 16, 2016

Warriors for Neurodiversity Wins Online Leaderboard Champions

The Warriors for Neurodiversity are our Official Champions of our Online Leaderboard!!

Congratulations to Team Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried on all of your hard work and support!!

It ain't over til it's over though... Will the Warriors win the Championship Title of Bartending Champion tonight? Voting will continue at the live event and tickets can be purchased at the door for $40.

Follow us on social media @ucfoundation for Live Updates tonight!

***FINAL ONLINE LEADERBOARD***
1. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 3546 Votes
2. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2994 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 1136 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 1021 Votes


TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!!

Only less than 2 HOURS until Online Voting and Ticket Sales close at 12pm EST. Voting will then continue at the event and tickets can be purchased at the door.

***CURRENT ONLINE LEADERBOARD***
1. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 3521 Votes
2. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2994 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 1136 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 966 Votes

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dinner with the President

The highest bidder for Team Warriors wins dinner with Unicorn President/Owner of Gregory's Fine Jewelry. Diamonds are a girl's best friend!
Please Note: Online Voting and Ticket Sales end tomorrow (Friday) at 12pm EST. Voting will then continue at the event and tickets can be purchased at the door.
***CURRENT ONLINE LEADERBOARD***
1. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 3491 Votes
2. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2994 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 1136 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 966 Votes


Local Singer/Songwriter, Kendra Erika To Participate in Third Annual Bartender’s Battle for the Unicorn Children’s Foundation

Not only are we fortunate enough to have Kendra Erika bartending tomorrow night at our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle, she will also be performing!!

Please Note: Online Voting and Ticket Sales end tomorrow (Friday) at 12pm EST. Voting will then continue at the event and tickets can be purchased at the door.

***CURRENT ONLINE LEADERBOARD***
1. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 3391 Votes
2. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2951 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 1136 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 966 Votes

1 Day Until our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle!!!

Team Warriors for Neurodiversity are UNSTOPPABLE!!!

Team Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried have dominated the Leaderboard for an unprecedented 5 weeks in a row!! This week, the FINAL week, could not only be their 6th, but would name them Bartending Champions!!

They are also officially the FIRST team to EXCEED their Online Fundraising Goal of $3000, causing them to raise 109% of their goal AND COUNTING!
INCREDIBLE JOB WARRIORS!!

Please Note: Online Voting and Ticket Sales end tomorrow (Friday) at 12pm EST. Voting will then continue at the event and tickets can be purchased at the door.

***NEW LEADERBOARD STANDINGS***
1. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 3256 Votes
2. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2951 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 1136 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 966 Votes



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The battle is ON FIRE!!!

For the first time in 5 weeks, we have a new #1....

***NEW LEADERBOARD STANDINGS***
1. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2950 Votes
2. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 2755 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 1005 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 915 Votes

10 Votes Away...

Only 10 votes separate Team Felette Branch and Heather Shaw and Team Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel!!

***CURRENT ONLINE LEADERBOARD***
1.Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 2705 Votes
2.Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2450 Votes
3.Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 925 Votes
4.Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 915 Votes

http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/event/battle


2 Days Until our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle!!!

Double Oh-My! Team Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika are racing up closer and closer to that #1 spot!!

Will these Bond Girls take home the trophy? Find out THIS Friday!!

***CURRENT ONLINE LEADBOARD***
1. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 2705 Votes
2. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2350 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 925 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 725 Votes

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Now Hiring: Funding Streams Strategist

More information: http://bit.ly/2crZ8kz



3 Days Until our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle!!!

Team Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel can't wait to defend their title of Bartending Champion THIS Friday!!

With your help, they will hit a HOME RUN at their Sports Bar and claim their 3rd Trophy!!

1.Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 2705 Votes
2.Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2150 Votes
3.Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 925 Votes
4.Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 725 Votes

http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/event/battle


Monday, September 12, 2016

Millions Headed To States For Special Ed Training

The U.S. Department of Education is shelling out millions in funding to help recruit and train teachers and administrators serving children with disabilities.
The federal agency said this week that it’s sending $7 million to seven states to enhance preparation and professional development focused on early intervention, special education and transition services.
Grants ranging from about $530,000 to nearly $1.5 million are headed to state education departments in Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina and Oregon.
The funding will help support a variety of projects, the Education Department said, including recruiting and retaining special education teachers and training on ways to help students with disabilities access the general education curriculum.
In order to qualify for the funding, federal officials said that states must partner with a college or university, at least one school district and a parent training or resource center in order to implement their professional development program.
“It is critical that we support our nation’s educators and elevate the teaching profession by supporting strong teacher and principal preparation and professional development,” U.S. Secretary of Education John King said in announcing the funds. “These awards help educators learn practices that will improve outcomes for all children, including children with disabilities.”

4 Days Until our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle!!!

Get a true taste of GLAMOUR when you visit Team Felette Branch and Heather Shaw's Glamorous Garden Bar THIS Friday!!

***CURRENT ONLINE LEADERBOARD***

1.Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 2705 Votes
2.Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2150 Votes
3.Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 800 Votes
4.Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 665 Votes

http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/event/battle


Friday, September 9, 2016

Raise a Glass and Awareness at Unicorn Children’s Foundation’s Celebrity Bartending Battle!

We are officially 1 week away from our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle sponsored by Farmer's Table Boca!!

Come join us for this fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and support of Neurodiversity on Friday, September 16th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Event Center at Farmer’s Table in Boca Raton, Florida. Neurodiversity refers to children who think, learn and communicate differently due to developmental challenges like Autism, Dyslexia and other learning disorders.

This event is a competition amongst 4 local celebrity teams to see who can raise the most “votes” (dollars) in support of our cause.  Felette Branch (Gucci) and Heather Shaw (Saks Fifth Avenue), Gregory Fried (Gregory's Fine Jewelry) and Marcie Butters (Butters Construction), and Kendra Erika (Singer/Songwriter) and Julissa Caballero (Toshiba Business Solutions) will try to defeat reigning champions Bill Kruegel (Sunshine Health) and Sarah Hassan (IM HealthScience) for the title and much coveted trophy.

There will be amazing d├ęcor and each bar will be uniquely themed by its bartenders, to include: a Glamorous Garden, Warriors for Neurodiversity, a Sports Bar, and James Bond 007.  There will be fierce competition, friendly bantering, and shameless bribing for votes.  There will be delicious food, a chance to win amazing items, great drinks including a unique cocktail and great opportunity to mingle with a cross-section of South Florida’s community leaders, business professionals, and philanthropists.  But more importantly, this is an opportunity to support a great cause and have fun while doing it.  100% of proceeds directly support and impact our special needs youth and their families.      

Members of the community are invited to attend at $30 per person in advance, $40 at the door, inclusive of two drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres. Other community sponsors include: Sunshine Health, IRememberBox, Simply The Best Magazine, and Eye On South Florida.

Come support your favorite bartender and help make an impact!  For tickets, to vote, and for additional information, please visit http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/event/battle or call 561-620-9377 x 302.

***CURRENT LEADERBOARD STANDINGS***

1. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 2505 Votes
2. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2150 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 800 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 665 Votes


Happy Birthday, Neil Saffer!

Happy birthday to Neil Saffer!!! We hope you have a great day!!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Survey for Palm Beach County Providers

The Special Needs Advisory Coalition of Palm Beach County is currently in the process of transforming the system of care for persons with special needs/disability. As part of this process, a comprehensive and centralized web-based ‘virtual hub’ is being developed that will provide resources and links to community-based programs and services to create a more efficient and effective information and referral source throughout the County. Please take a few moments to tell us about your agency/organization so that we may include you as a vital resource.

NOTE: This is for Palm Beach County Providers of Special Needs Services and Supports ONLY



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

3rd Annual Bartender's Battle Next Week!

Can you believe our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle sponsored by Farmer's Table Boca is NEXT WEEK?

Make sure to secure your tickets early! Prices will go up to $40 at the door.

Can't make it? Support your favorite team by voting online in advance. Voting will continue at the event and the winner will be crowned!

*** CURRENT LEADERBOARD STANDINGS ***

1. Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 2485 Votes
2. Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2130 Votes
3. Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 800 Votes
4. Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 525 Votes

Friday, September 2, 2016

Team Warriors Win Most Weeks at #1

Congratulations to Team Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried for their 4th Week at #1 on the Leaderboard. This mind-blowing feat means that they are officially the winners of our first award: Most Weeks at #1!!

There are still 2 more awards to give: Most Online Votes and of course, the title of the 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle Champion!! Will they claim all 3? Only you can decide...

***CURRENT LEADERBOARD STANDINGS***

1.Marcie Butters and Gregory Fried 2485 Votes
2.Julissa Caballero and Kendra Erika 2030 Votes
3.Sarah Hassan and Bill Kruegel 800 Votes
4.Felette Branch and Heather Shaw 425 Votes

http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/event/battle


Thank You, Farmer's Table Boca!!

Thanks to the generosity of our ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Event Sponsor, Farmer's Table Boca, 100% of your ticket purchase for our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle is tax-deductible! This means 100% of the proceeds benefit individuals who think, learn and communicate differently.

Purchase yours in advance before prices go up at the door: http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/event/battle


Thursday, September 1, 2016

3rd Annual Bartender's Battle featured in Simply the Best Magazine

Thank you to our incredibly generous Media Sponsor Simply The Best Magazine for featuring our 3rd Annual Bartender's Battle in the September/October 2016 issue!! Pick up your copy today!!

Purchase your tickets and vote here: http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/event/battle



Woman Volunteer of the Year Kick-Off

Congratulations to our Woman Volunteer of the Year Nominee, Tabitha LeTourneau Meyerer!!!

Last night, we honored her at Saks Fifth Avenue (Boca Raton, FL) at the Junior League of Boca Raton Woman Volunteer of the Year Kick-Off. We are so proud of her!! Thank you, Tabitha, for all you do.

For more information on the event on November 18th and to purchase an ad in her honor, visit https://www.jlbr.org/woman-volunteer-of-the-year-2/