Children learn and give back to children in need at annual ball


Wellington was inundated with pirates and princesses the evening of Nov. 16 during the Center for Family Services’ third annual Princess and Pirate Ball.

Held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, the ball had about 75 more people than last year’s total of 225, according to Stanton Collemer, CFS’s chief development officer. Pirates and princesses enjoyed an afternoon full of mocktails (and cocktails for adults), dinner by the bite, a bounce house, rock climbing, a dance floor with a DJ and much more, including a Beauty Bar by Frank Cassi Hair & Beauty.

As in past years, all proceeds collected from the ball went toward the Pat Reeves Village Shelter. More than $61,500 – an increase of somewhere between $12,000 and $15,000 from last year – was raised to benefit the Palm Beach County shelter, Collemer said. Besides being the only 24-hour emergency shelter in the county that serves families, Pat Reeves Village Shelter also gives life-changing services to those families whose children are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

“This ball is a wonderful opportunity for kids to give back to those in less fortunate situations,” Collemer said. “In addition to raising funds, we want to bring awareness to the needs of homeless children in Palm Beach County and truly put a face on the problem that we are trying to solve.”

The ball was the signature event for the Center’s “Kids Helping Kids Club,” where Palm Beach County’s youth learn about philanthropy opportunities as well as making a difference to another child’s life, like those at the Pat Reeves Village Shelter.

If you missed out on this year’s Princess and Pirates Ball, the Center will have one next year and will continue to benefit the Pat Reeves Village Shelter.


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