For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY --
The fifth annual Girls Night Out attracted more than 250 guests and raised more than $10,000 for United for Families and its Road to Success program.
"We were determined to reach $10,000 this year," said Tasha Chen, event co-chairwoman. "We had a great committee and just worked really hard."
The Nov. 8 event, held at IndianRiverside Park, featured chocolate-themed appetizers, desserts and a signature chocolate martini from Bottom's Up Beverages and Di'Michelli's Catering.
"That had a lot to do with our success," said Christina Kaiser, community relations director for United for Families. "We had practically no expenses thanks to the contributions of our donors."
This was also the first year the group sold tickets online. Online sales accounted for more than half of all sales, and most of that was made in the first month of sales.
United for Families is the nonprofit organization responsible for every known abused or neglected child in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. The organization's mission is to break the cycle of child abuse through a diverse network of community providers and innovative services.
All proceeds from Girls Night Out go to the Road to Success program, which prepares teens for life outside the foster-care system.
For more information, visit www.uff.us.