211's Annual Gala A Tremendous Success

The Colony Hosts Crisis Helpline’s 

Largest Fundraiser to Date


A Magical Night...

Left to right: Ray Buza, Edward Schmidt, Susan buza and Ozzie Medeiros.


April 2016-Table 26’s owners Edward Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros co-chaired a magical night at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach for the celebration of a great organization and its purpose: 211 Helpline.


211 Helpline responds to callers 24/7 who are reaching out for support and help in dealing with life’s difficult challenges that include financial, emotional or health related issues.

Director of Development Joshua Daniel and his team have been collaborating over the past year to dream up an event that would stand out from the rest.  The Result: A Cirque du Soleil – style Gala that culminated on Saturday February 27th.

A Cirque du Soleil themed cocktail hour was held at the pool area of the Hotel, where guests entered upon a "living" red carpet and were entertained by ballerinas and a delightful pool bubble acrobat.

The night was filled with emotion as co-chair Eddie Schmidt gave a very touching heart call speech, followed by a wonderful ballet dance interpretation by Main Event Planners.
211 amazingly raised $140,000 with donations received during the event.

211 Director of Development Joshua Daniel commented, "It was beautiful to see people understanding the true message of 211. The event was such a success and because of it we can change the lives of so many in need. It was truly touching."

Co-Chair Edward Schmidt added "Ozzie and I hold close to our heart an organization that touches the lives of people in crisis in our own community. We are very grateful for all who supported 211HelpLine and it's mission."

About 211:
211 HelpLine is a program of 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast whose mission is to connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health & human service system as a whole.  211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast envisions a community where people in crisis receive the information and support they need to weather life’s storms.


Category Tag(s): 211 News