Mel Demetriades, Gloria Geswell, Christine Demetriades, Stephen & Lisa Basile

Foster A Dream Foundation Donated an additional $5,000 to United for Families at their signature fundraising event, Le Bal Masque in March of 2013.

It is one of the most creative events on the Treasure Coast. Each year guests become immersed in the culture of a different part of the world with the region’s customs thematically woven into the entertainment, décor and cuisine of the evening.  At its core the event is about the community’s support for its most vulnerable citizens.

More than 150 guests attended the March 2 event. Funds raised from the event support the Road to Success program that prepares teenagers for life outside the foster-care system by teaching independent-living skills, such as financial planning and budgeting. Thanks to the Road to Success program, more teens are graduating high school and pursuing college educations, while fewer are getting into trouble with the law or experiencing homelessness.

Le Bal Masque received a $5,000 donation from the Kathryn A. Basile Foster a Dream Foundation and presented two very important awards — the Kathryn Basile Community Service Award to Stop the Tears and The Dependency Case Manager of the Year.

Pat McCoy, principal at North Elementary School in Okeechobee and a longtime foster and adoptive parent, was honored with the Kathryn A. Basile Community Service Award to Stop the Tears.

Named for Kathryn Basile, the former executive director of the St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council and tireless advocate for children, the award honors an individual whose contributions of time, effort or funding have significantly advanced United for Families’ mission to break the cycle of child abuse.

“Pat is a passionate and dedicated advocate for the children of our region. She has worked tirelessly to strengthen United for Families and the services that we provide to the community,” said United for Families CEO Christine Demetriades. “As a foster and adoptive parent herself, Pat is the perfect ambassador for our mission and beyond deserving of this honor.”