Luncheon co-chairs pictured in front of house

Our lovely Blue Ribbon Luncheon Co-chairs (L-R): Dr. Abigail Ley, Susie Kintner and Elaine O’Neil


Vero Beach, FL – To commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month, Hibiscus Children’s Center will host the annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon & Fashion Show on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the Oak Harbor Club in Vero Beach. This year’s theme “Garden Party” is a perfect picture of how the Hibiscus Village plants the seed to help our youth grow and blossom into young adults who can dream of a bright and successful future.

The festivities will begin at 11am with a champagne reception and guests will have the opportunity to bid on fabulous silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win some very special prizes. The runway fashion show will feature looks from Casp Baby, Cooper & Co., Frances Brewster, J. McLaughlin, Melange, Sara Campbell Ltd, Sassy Boutique, and Tendencies.   Don’t forget to wear your favorite hat!

The event co-chairs, Susie Kintner, Dr. Abby Ley, and Elaine O’Neil, and their dedicated committee of volunteers, are planning an elegant afternoon that guests will remember while raising funds and awareness about child abuse.  The “Blue Ribbon Campaign” is a tribute to Bonnie Finney’s three-year old grandson who died at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend in 1989.  Since that time, concerned citizens all over the country have worn the blue ribbon during Child Abuse Prevention Month to symbolize the need to prevent child abuse and neglect.  We hope you will join us on April 2nd as we all come together to enjoy a memorable afternoon, but most importantly, to help keep youth safe.   Since our inception 35 years ago, Hibiscus Children’s Center has provided over 375,000 nights of safety to abused children and youth and provides daily care along with educational and medical services, professional mental health counseling and career training.

Hibiscus Children’s Center would like to thank our generous sponsors and underwriters.   Our underwriters include:  Runway – Marie O’Reilly;  Invitation & Program – Marie Ek and Linda Teetz;  Centerpieces & Decorations – Helen Taylor Robertson; Champagne – Divine Animal Hospital and Dr. Randy & Sandy Divine.  Our sponsors include:  Carousel –  Miriam Grabow; Sanctuary – Elke Fetterolf, Jan & Mike Harrell and Olivia & Jim Harrell; Love  – Mrs. Herman F. Becker, Suzanne Bertman, Carole Beecher Brown, Mary Cay Cancelosi and Rita Chanfrau; Cradle – Mercedes-Benz of Fort Pierce, Coggin BMW Treasure Coast,  Susan Pfau and Bonnie & Dave Wilson.  Corporate Sponsors include:  George E. Warren LLC, ACI-Century, Inc., Complete Electric, Inc., Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Manning & Napier, Robin Lloyd & Associates, P.A., and Massey-Romans Wealth Management Team of Raymond James.

The fabulous raffle drawing prizes are:  1st Prize: a two-night stay in an Oceanside King Room at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, an Ultimate Massage and Facial from White Orchid Spa, and $100 gift certificate to Cobalt. Value $1,250;  2nd Prize: Family photoshoot session by Martina’s Photography for up to 6 people, including 4×6 copies of all photos, 2 – 5×7 prints, 1 – 8×10 print of a selected photo, and an 8×10 hardcover keepsake book. Value $550; and 3rd Prize: Dine Around!  Take pleasure in dining at Cobalt, Savor, and The Tides. Value $300.

Blue Ribbon Luncheon tickets are $150.00 per person and raffle drawing tickets are $25.00 each, three for $50.00 or seven for $100.00.  Valet parking is provided.  For more information about Hibiscus Children’s Center or to buy your tickets today, please contact us at (772) 299-6011, ext. 313 or purchase your tickets online at   Thank you for celebrating with us and for making life brighter for our youth!