More Than 200 Attend Angels Among Us Fundraiser
by James Coulter
Nearly 200 people celebrated an early start for the holiday season by turning out for an evening of good food, great company, and even greater opportunities to win raffles and silent auctions at Angels Among Us, the annual fall fundraiser for Girls Inc. of Winter Haven.
This year’s Angels Among Us was hosted at Venue 450, where attendees could peruse various prizes for silent and live auctions,enjoy drinks and camaraderie with other guests, and sample great food as served by the Catering Company.
Located along Havendale Boulevard, The Catering Co. has been in business for ten years, and they recently opened an on-site venue. They have been catering for Angels Among us for nearly four years. Supporting a fundraiser for a great local cause keeps them coming back time and again, said co-owner Christa Morgan.
“The people who participate in the event always really go over the top to sponsor everything,” she said. “All the money goesback to a local charity, and that is a great aspect of the event. I am happy to see as many people that there are here.”
For nearly 20 years, Angels Among Us has brought the community together to help raise proceeds for Girls Inc. of Winter Haven, a local non-profit organization dedicated to raising girls to become strong, independent women through training and education.
Peggy Threkel, Executive Director of Girls Inc, appreciates how their annual fundraiser brings so many people together from the community to not only celebrate an early start for the holiday season, but also support a local organization that gives back to the community.
“It is great to see people enjoying themselves, being able to be out and about, and come support our organization,” she said, owing their success to the hard work of their members. “I love seeing people I don’t always see all of the time. Thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting us.”
BJ Mannix, owner of Mannix Pools & Grill, has attendedAngels Among Us for many years. His own fundraiser, EggFest, provides half of the proceeds to Girls Inc. of Winter Haven. (The other half goes toward the Boys & Girls Club of Polk County.) He appreciates what Girls Inc does for the community by raising girls to become future leaders.
“This is another way to give back to an amazing organization that does amazing things in our community,” he said. “People don’t understand what they do. It is not a babysitting service. They are teaching these young ladies how to be women, grow up into adults, and helping them with schoolwork and teaching them life lessons. Much more to it than dropping them off for the afternoon.”