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December 05, 2009 - PINION's "A Mediterranean Holiday Night" for the Athletes of Special Olympics

What: The annual PINION Holida Party was held at the

When: Friday, December 5, 2008

Beneficiary: Special Olympics of Broward County & Victory House

Gala Chairperson(s): Leslie Fischer, Debra Lieberman, Mirtha Toledo-Hackley, Valerie Kowanetz, Janea Calderone, Ginny Fujino0 & Terry Witcher

President(s): Linda Spaulding White

Sponsors: CHAMPION SPONSOR: Broward Health - TITANIUM SPONSOR: Ray F. Johns, Jr. Family Foundation - PLATINUM SPONSORS: Freshpoint, South Florida, Robert O. Law Foundation - GOLD SPONSORS: Florida Gold Coast Electrical Contractors, Inc., JM Family Enterprises, Inc., John E. & Nellie J. Bastein Memorial Foundation, Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Systems, Birgit & Bill Fillingame & Schmidt Family Foundation - SILVER SPONSORS: Anne & Douglas Allen, Anthony Electric Services - Tony Barrow, Barbara Riggs Brown Foundation, Marian & Bobby DeLoach, Jane & Doug Eagon, Holland Sheltair Aviation Group - Lois & John Schmatz, Koutoulas & Relis, LLC, Valerie & Charles Kowanetz, Kraeer Funeral Homes - Pamela & Steve Nowatka, Sterling Bank, Stiles Corporation, Wal-Mart Foundation, Premier Beverage

Gala Production: PINION Board

Board of Directors: OFFICERS: President: Linda Spaulding White - President Elect: Terry Witcher - V.P. Fund Development, Christine Hurlock & Marian McCray-DeLoach - V.P. Membership, Barbara Corrao - V.P. Newsletter, Wendy Walters - V.P. Publicity, Lisa Scott-Sounds - Secretary, Janea Caldarone - Treasurer & Past President, Sylvia Andis: BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Anne Allen, Nancy Block, Jane Brand-Eagon, Sandy Clobus, Linda Danoff, Linda Eckert, Billie Sue Engel, Birgit Fillingame, Leslie Fischer, Ginny Fujino, Patricia Kearson, Valerie Kowanetz, Debra Lieberman, Lori Lincoln, Polly Mayo, Sonja Mayo, Kitty McGowan, Linda Mills, Pam Nowatka, Lee Sheffield, Arlette Spilotros-Spaniak & Mirtha Toledo-Hackley

Blacktie Photos by: Jayne Matthews

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PINION raises over $40,000 for Special Olympics at Annual Holiday Event
            FORT LAUDERDALE, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA -- PINION, Inc benefiting Special Olympics Broward County and its Athletes, raised more than $40,000 for Special Olympics Broward County at their annual holiday event held in December. This elegant soiree themed A Mediterranean Holiday was held at the elegant waterfront home of host, Bennett Gamel.
The experience featured signature hors d'oeuvres and a delectable buffet with live culinary creations by Chef Gregg Salman and the McFatter Culinary School with foods donated by Freshpoint- South Florida. Spirits were soaring all night while guests got into the holiday spirit by enjoying the entertainment provided by Topazz and shopping the bountiful silent auction which featured works of art, trips, sports tickets and memorabilia, luxury purses, amazing gift baskets, holiday decor, and of course , exquisite jewelry by Jon Paul Jewelers.
Major Sponsors included Broward Health, Roy F. Johns, Jr. Family Foundation, Freshpoint-South Florida, and Robert O. Law Foundation. The event chairs, Leslie Fischer, Debra Lieberman and Mirtha Toledo-Hackley. Cuisine Chair, Valerie Kowanetz and silent auction chairs, Janea Calderone, Ginny Fujino, and Terry Witcher aided by Pinion Board President Linda Spaulding White and the Board of Directors members all worked together to make this a fabulous holiday event that will long be remembered.
Join PINION, Inc. and help celebrate 17 years of the philanthropy and community support. For more information contact Barbara Corrao at 954-683-8474.. To see more photos go online to
Pinion, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization formed to raise funds solely for Special Olympics Broward County through grants, corporate sponsorships and fundraising events. Through Pinion’s efforts over $1,385,000 has been raised for Special Olympics Broward County since 1991.

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