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MARTIN COUNTY -- United Way of Martin County is focused on creating a community where everyone is safe and secure.
To help achieve that, United Way will be playing host its 5th Annual Escape to Fantasy Island benefit from 6:30 to 11 p.m. May 11 at Paul and Lehr Felipe's private tropical oasis in Palm City.
"Over the past couple weeks we've all been reminded how delicate life really is, and how vicious some people can be, but we've also seen humanity at its best, as people risked their lives to help total strangers in need," said Melinda Stevens Brault, Fantasy Island co-chair. "This spirit has really inspired our committee to not shy away from learning the truth about the pain some families and children in abusive situations endure -- but to draw attention to it. Through awareness, education and leadership, we can hopefully encourage others to join us in helping put an end to it, and together we can all help protect future generations."
All proceeds raised during the event will help fund local United Way programs designed to eliminate child abuse, neglect and fatalities; eliminate domestic violence while increasing services and safe shelter to victims and their children; and prepare Martin County residents to respond to natural disasters.
Escape to Fantasy Island promises to offer everything from locally hand-crafted beers and sweet libations to tropically inspired fare and electrifying entertainment by Laura Vivas of season 3 of NBC's The Voice.
Other entertainment includes relaxing massage stations, custom henna tattoo artwork and aquatic performances by actual mermaids. Best of all, each guest will be eligible to win a trip for two to Costa Rica that includes air fare and a 4-night and 5-day stay at 5-bedroom luxury mansion in the coastal town of Dominical.
This year's planning committee, led by Melinda Stevens Brault and Dakota Jones, includes Carra Crehan, Geoff Schmidt, Gina Golino, Jade Smith, Jason Carr, Jennifer Ahern, Jennifer Crow, Jeremy Carr, Justin Beard, Kim Waser, Larry Wishney, Lindsay Nickerson, Lucy Corley, Peter Morello, Sarah Franklin, Stephen Leighton, Tasha Martiniuk and Tim Voelker.
Escape to Fantasy Island is sponsored by Florida Exotic Landscaping, Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, Florida Power & Light, Seacoast National Bank, StarStruck, A Law Firm of Goldstein, Schmitt & Wade, PL, Vine & Barley, Geminye Design Group, Island Party Rentals, Chillin the Most, Cowabunga Surf Shop, The Stuart News, Cuisine 256, Stuart Magazine, Coast 101.3, Leighton Security, Bright Ideas LED, Unique Events Florida, B. Merry Gastro Pub, Treasure Coast Brewmasters, Roosters, Prawnbroker, Sweet Justice, Bottoms Up, Ampersand Graphics and Senses Spa.
Tickets are $100 per person or buy three and get one free. Call (772) 283-4800, Ext. 222 or visit LIVEUNITEDmc.org to purchase tickets or for more information.