Community Stories

Early bird tickets for the RED Gala are almost gone

September 24, 2022

The 2022 RED Gala, Heart2Heart’s premier fundraising event set for Thursday, Nov. 10, is fast approaching. 

The window to buy early bird tickets at a special price closes on Sept. 30!

The gala promises an evening of delicious food, high-value auction items and inspiring stories from South Florida’s only faith-based senior outreach organization. Heart2Heart is selling only 175 tickets to this exclusive event at The Venue, 2345 Wilton Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

Last year’s RED Gala raised more than $137,000 — far exceeding Heart2Heart’s initial goal of $97,000.

“The generosity of last year’s RED Gala guests blew us away,” said Heart2HEart CEO Juan Gallo. “We are honored that the South Florida community entrusts us to advocate and care for the senior population.

“We cannot wait to see how the community continues to bless our deserving seniors.” 

Last year’s RED Gala paved the way for exciting programs Heart2Heart began or expanded in 2022. 

In the last ten months, Heart2Heart has:  

  • Launched iPads for Seniors, giving residents in care centers throughout Broward County a way to stay connected to family, friends and caring Heart2Heart volunteers, in spite of persistent facility lockdowns that prevent in-person visits
  • Launched Food for Hope, delivering nutritious, ready-to-eat meals to isolated seniors in partnership with Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation
  • Become a licensed Respite Agency with the state of Florida, allowing our volunteers to assist family members take care of senior relatives at home.

These new programs complement our ongoing outreach opportunities. They are innovative ways to implement Heart2Heart’s core mission: connecting lonely and isolated seniors to volunteers who care.

“The intense growth we’ve experienced in 2022 would not be possible without the generosity of our Gala participants last year,” Community Relations Director Riana Samaroo explained.

How will Heart2Heart expand its reach and help more seniors feel seen and heard in 2023? 

You can be a part of that answer! You can become part of the Heart2Heart story, bringing hope, love and restored purpose for our seniors. 

There are three opportunities to participate in the RED Gala:

  • Buy early bird tickets 
  • Sponsor the gala
  • Donate to the RED Gala, if you can’t attend in person

Join the RED Gala today!

Join the Team!

Becoming a Heart2Heart volunteer means that you are dedicated to serving the aging community. It means you want to connect in a meaningful way to a specific individual or to several people. It means you are committed to a consistent amount of time per month – whether that’s several hours a week or just a few hours per month.

Heart2Heart volunteers must be background checked and trained. Our training can be completed from your home on your computer or device, through the online Volunteer Portal. We run fingerprints in our office in Fort Lauderdale, and you can schedule an appointment with us after you finish the training.

The first step is to create an account on our Volunteer Portal. To get started, click here!

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