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¦ “A Little Bit o’ Blarney” to benefit Collier Child Care Resources takes place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Clive Daniel Home. Doug Keating and The Keating Group of Downing-Frye Realty host the night of live entertainment, dancing, a 50/50 cash raffle and heavy appetizers (cash bar). Tickets for $60 (two for $100) are available through www.eventbrite.com. For more information, call CCCR at 643-3908 or visit www.collierchildcare.org.
¦ The San Marco Knights of Columbus Assembly 2514 host a Senior Prom Dinner Dance from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the San Marco Parish Center on Marco Island. DJ Scott Dean will spin the best tunes from the ’50s and ’60s, and the prom king and queen will be crowned. Tickets for $55 (cash bar) are available at the church office or by calling 642-9840, 450-4065 or (201) 681-8988.
¦ The eighth annual Batfish Bash for the Bay to benefit Friends of Rookery Bay takes place from 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. For tickets or more information, visit www.rookerybay.org.
¦ The Marco Players invite friends to figure out whodunit on a two-hour mystery cruise aboard the Marco Princess on Monday evening, March 20. Tickets are $100 (cash bar). To sign up, call Sunshine Tours at 642-5415.
¦ The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida hosts Triumph 2017: “The Freedom Writers Story” on Wednesday evening, March 22, at Quail West Golf and Country Club. Guest speaker Erin Gruwell, the teacher/ author profiled in the 2007 movie “Freedom Writers” starring Hilary Swank, will share her insights on the life-changing power of education. Tickets are $275. For more information, call Tim Morrison at 263-9200 or email tim@holocaustmuseumSWFL. org.
Guests will enjoy a runway fashion show hosted by Walker Henry featuring designs from Village boutiques. Village restaurants and retailers will offer wine and culinary samplings. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 on the night of the event. Reservations are suggested.
¦ Naples Performing Arts Center holds its second annual semi-formal Daddy Daughter Dance from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the center at 6646 Willow Park Drive. Guests will enjoy games and lessons in waltz and swing dance steps. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $75 for dad and daughter, $25 for each additional daughter. For tickets, visit www.npacDaddyDaughterDance. eventbrite.com.
¦ The 10th annual Boots & Boogie Bash to benefit Friends of Foster Children Forever takes place Saturday, March 25, at Grey Oaks Country Club. The “Boots & Bling” evening includes cocktails and dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment by Pzazz Productions and dancing to the Blue Stone Circle Band. Celebrity emcees are Krista Fogelsong of ABC-7 and Brian Roland to Crave Culinaire. Tickets are $250 per person, $350 per patron and $3,500 for a patron table. For tickets to or information, call 262-1808 or visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.net.
¦ The 2017 NCH Magnolia Ball is set for Saturday, March 25, at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort to benefit the hospital system’s oncology programs, specifically to launch a comprehensive cancer navigation program to guide patients and their families through the patient’s care. For more information, call Monica Biondo at the NCH Healthcare System Foundation at 624-2000 or email email@example.com.
¦ The Alpha-1 Foundation hosts “Anchors Away for Alpha-1” on Thursday evening, March 30, at the Naples Yacht Club. Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Sandhaus of National Jewish Health will discuss “Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: What You Need to Know about Genetic COPD and Liver Disease.”
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic disorder that can cause liver disease in children and lung or liver disease in adults. The Alpha-1 Foundation has funded more than $65 million in research and programs for Alpha-1. Tickets for $200 include dinner, spirits and valet parking. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Jeanne Kushner at (877) 228-7321, ext. 204, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Champions For Learning and Suncoast Credit Union host the 27th annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner honoring the 2017 Golden Apple recipients, Teachers of Distinction and Collier County Public Schools’ Teachers of the Year from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Myra Janco Daniels will be honored as the newest Heart of the Apple recipient. The Golden Apple recipients are: Joanna Campanile and Janell Matos, Poinciana Elementary; Anne Fredette, Lorenzo Walker Technical College; Ashley Lynn Heirls, Highlands Elementary; Maria LaRocco, Sabal Palm Elementary; Amanda McCoy, Manatee Middle; and Stacy Smith, Palmetto Ridge High. Tickets are $125. For tickets or more information, call Champions For Learning at 643-4755 or visit www.championsforlearning.org.
¦ The second annual Foolin’ Around in the Garden: “Fantasy + Fortune | Frolic + Fun” to benefit Naples Botanical Garden takes place Saturday, April 1, at the Garden. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and entertainment in the Chabraja Visitor Center followed by dinner, dancing and “diversions” at 7:30 p.m. Co-chairs are Mary Ann and Bill Bindley. Tickets start at $550. Sponsorships including a table for 10 range from $5,500 to $10,000. For more information, visit www.naplesgarden.org.
¦ The 28th annual Wanderlust culinary and travel auction to benefit the School of Resort & Hospitality Management at Florida Gulf Coast University takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Six Bends Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers, followed by an after party at HeadPinz in Fort Myers. Tickets are $250 ($150 for School of Resort & Hospitality Management alumni). For tickets or more information, email email@example.com or visit www.FGCUWanderlust.org.
¦ Legal Aid Services of Collier County holds its annual Barristers Bash from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Hilton Naples. Tickets are limited to the first 300 sold. For more information, call Logan Meester at 775-4555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ Collier Child Care Resources holds its fifth annual “Big Impressions by Little Artists” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the Hilton Naples. This year’s artwork will be inspired by the natural environment in harmony with CCCR’s arts-based program and follows the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. Creations by the children of CCCR’s early childhood development programs, the works of local artists plus other items will be featured in live and silent auctions. Rick Gallo will serve as live auctioneer. The event will also include CCCR’s annual Family Friendly Business Awards. Co-chairs are Lisa Gruenloh of Purpose Journey and Kathy Bamberg of Lutgert Insurance. Tickets for $75 are available by calling 643-3908 or by visiting www.collierchildcare.org. For information about sponsorship opportunities, email Dianne Reed at email@example.com.
“Big Impressions by Little Artists” is hosted by the CCCR Business 100, a group of local businesses that support CCCR’s mission and programs by making an annual donation to benefit its four child development programs. CCCR operates two centers in Naples — Child’s Path (ages 2-5) and Little Wonders (ages 1-5) — as well as A Step Up Child Development Centers at Golden Gate and Immokalee high schools for preschoolers of teen parents who are completing their high school education. ¦
— Email details about your charity gala or fundraising soiree to Cindy Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org.