Charities In Boca, Delray Prep For Major Fundraisers This Month


By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Two area nonprofits are completing preparations for major fundraisers this month.

Tri County Animal Rescue, a 100 percent no-kill shelter, will hold its 17th annual Doggie & Kittie Ball on Sunday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. The old-fashioned “Casino Saloon”-themed event will include entertainment by the Steve Chase Band, Dawn Marie and Alexandra Lewis. Firefighters will walk the red carpet with rescue dogs and cats.

In addition, the Milagro Center, a fully licensed, Department of Children and Families Gold Seal childcare provider for children from low-income families in Delray Beach, will present its “Gala of Light” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at The Loft at Congress in Boca Raton.  The event will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment and auctions.

Saks Fifth Avenue in the Town Center Mall held a fundraiser for the Milagro Center on Feb. 21. Ricky Wilson, a makeup artist from Dior, showed women the firm’s newest products. Saks gave 10 percent of proceeds to the center.

TCAR, which rescues animals in three South Florida counties, is currently building a new, 64,000-square-foot building to expand its services and accommodate recent increases in rescues, rehabilitate and re-home dogs and cats.

Event chair is Sharon DiPietro, with Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Sergio DoRosario serving as honorary chairs. Gaming tables will open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, entertainment and a live auction.

The $10 million, multi-phase capital campaign and build out began with a 9,000-square-foot rescue clinic (a $4.9 million capital campaign), which is currently under construction. Guests recently visited the veterinary area of the new structure.

Phase two is an 11,435-square-foot adoption and residential facility, a “Hos-Pets” center and mausoleum ($5.1 million capital campaign).

Proceeds from the 17th annual ball will enable Tri-County to continue its life-saving work, provide safe haven, nutritious food and veterinary treatment until animals can be adopted.

For information on the Doggie & Kittie Ball, call 561-482-8110, ext. 3 or visit

In 2019, the Milagro Center marks its 21st year of welcoming at-risk children and teens to its afterschool and summer camp programs. Forty-three students attend each day.

With help from the center’s mentoring, academic support, leadership training and the living values curriculum, children and teens learn to build self-esteem, thrive socially and succeed in school.

The organization hit a benchmark in 2019 with the completion of the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Milagro Junior Teen Center, which will soon open.

The opening of the teen center means that each of Milagro’s three core programs STARS (Kindergarten –5 grade), Junior Teen Leadership (6-8 grade) and Teen Leadership (9-12 grade) now have a home of their own.