“An Evening for Healthy Start” 2013

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On Thursday, January 31st – Over 300 guests packed into Sarasota Architectural Salvage for an incredible evening of fun, food, and drink – all to benefit Healthy Start’s work to support pregnant women and new families in our community.

Passerine wowed us with beautiful live folk-Americana music, and MC’s Kelly Kirschner, Joey Panek, and Christine Alexander kept us laughing and smiling throughout the evening.  Photographer Peter Acker once again caught every special moment on film. (View his photos online and order prints by clicking here!)

Guests enjoyed whimsical facepainting by Erin Ernst, Caricatures by Van Jazmin, Massage by Lizz Pugh, and Shuttershock Photobooth snapped wild photos in front of the green-screen. (Click here to view them and order prints) All tips from these “Stations” went to specific Healthy Start services.

And the tallies are in! We are SO excited to announce that, with your help and support,  we raised over $21,000 for Healthy Start direct services and the Save My Life Program! Funds raised at the event will go directly to critical services such as Psychosocial Counseling, Smoking Cessation, and In-Home Parenting Support for At-risk families.
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Because of your support, and the incredible support of our sponsors:

  • More mothers will get help for postpartum depression and anxiety, and will learn how to manage reduce stress from pregnancy and motherhood.
  • Fewer children will be exposed to the harmful effects of tobacco in the womb, and will be less likely to grow up with childhood asthma and smoking related health problems.
  • More parents will learn crucial parenting skills that are necessary to facilitate bonding and healthy development for children.

To read more about the event, make sure to check out the articles on SarasotaDay.com and The Observer!

$5,000 Match-Donation Challenge!


We are also pleased to announce that our $5,000 Match-Donation Challenge to benefit the Save My Life Program was met with the support of several generous donors, and tips raised by Vin Cella, Shamrock, and Goldcoast Eagle Beverage Stations.

With this Match-Funding, we will be able to sustain the Save My Life Program, and provide more African-American pregnant women in Sarasota County will receive targeted, culturally sensitive childbirth education, breastfeeding, and parenting support and education.

Thank You to our Event Sponsors:


Because of incredible local support from our Event Sponsors, 100% of Proceeds from the event went directly to Healthy Start services for pregnant women and new families.

Please thank our sponsors for their generous support:

Food and Beverage Sponsors:

Carr’s Corner Cafe, Cookie Cottage, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Local Coffee and Tea, The Lollicake Queen, Mozzarella Fella, Nancy’s Bar B-Q, Nellie’s Deli Market and Catering, Caragiulo’s, Paradise Pops, Patellini’s Pizza, Popeye’s Chicken, Sarasota Cupcake Company, Shamrock Pub, Vin Cella Sarasota, Whole Foods Market

Event Sponsors:

Bowman Originals, Vin Cella Sarasota, The HuB / SarasotaDay.com, Birthways Family Midwifery, Rosemary Birthing Home,  Freeman Orthodontics, Mary Dunn, Great Florida Insurance of Osprey, Mommy Magazine, New and Now Photography, Peter Acker Photography, Shuttershock Photobooth, McFadden Creative, Tebrugge Legal, Cathy Matthews Homebirth

Special Thanks to our 2013 Event Committee!


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Event Chairs: Laura Gilkey, Lisa White

Planning Committee: Colleen Augsburger, Ciera Coleman, Gana Gilkey, Karen Leonetti, Dan Leonetti, Dale Lewis, Diane Marcus, Angela Miller, Lynne T. Murphy, Ryan Hartford Stanley, Jesse White

Night-of Event Volunteers: Tracy Tomas, Jesse Coleman, Jenny Acheson, Erin Reid, Miryan McDonald, Beth Rubin,Jeff Rubin, Maria Jackman, Dean Jackman, Sasia Bischoff, Deb Boterf , Mindy Fielding , Laura Stutzman, Emily Steeb, Suanne Pompanio, Bob Stone, Laura Steber, Mary Lewis, Mary Eidge, Marivi Valdez

Extra Special Thanks to Sarasota Architectural Salvage

Without the generous support of Sarasota Architectural Salvage, this event would not be possible. We are grateful to Sarasota Architectural Salvage and their staff for being our long-standing partners and supporters, and for being an incredible support to many non-profit organizations in our community.

Thank you – Jesse, Shawn, Greg, Ricco, Mark, Mark, and Kevin!

Check out photos from Peter Acker below, and click here to order prints!