The Victory Center 14th Annual Gala
The Students of The Victory Center Win Big at the “Victory Royale Casino Night”
Gala Co-Chair Betty Shan and Board Chair Richard Shan

Founders Judi and Barry Nelson with Gala Honoree Nancy Brown from the Fritch Foundation

The 14th Annual Gala “Victory Royale Casino Night” - a casino night fundraiser held on Saturday, March 16 2014, at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, Hollywood, Florida brought out a spirited crowd of over 240 Victory Center loyalists for serious socializing, dining and auction bidding. The evening raised over $200,000 in support of The Victory Center’s educational programs and services such as Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI), the Victory Academy and the Victory Vocational Program.

Jen Herrera, Local 10 Evening News Anchor was the emcee for the event and shared her passion for the mission of The Victory Center. Her sister is a teacher of children with autism. Guests included prominent members of the banking, real estate, building and legal communities. The event draws from the diverse South Florida community, from South Dade to West Palm Beach. An especially moving Video was shown during the evening’s program highlighting the activities and programs for the students at The Victory Center. Nancy Brown, President of her family’s foundation, The Fritch Foundation, was the evening’s Honoree and is strong supporter of The Victory Center. The Fritch Foundation believes that one person can make a difference and is proud to support the Victory Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

The Auction raised over $40,000 and was highlighted by a Culinary Tour of Paris going to the highest bidder. It is a tradition at the Gala for the teachers to present a “Wish List” of items for their students and classrooms. This year, the “Wish List” sold out very early in the evening, ensuring many needed items for the students. The silent auction provided some competitive bidding – a trip to New York brought the highest bids, along with much excitement about the wonderful variety of items available.

A very special guest at the event, Liz Loughrey, along with Adrian X. Ecclestone, entertained during dinner. Ms. Loughrey is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Canada. Her musical training began at the early age of 5 years old and by 12, she was writing original compositions. Liz has won numerous awards for her talent. With new material scheduled to be released later this year, Liz has spent the last few months writing and recording across North America.

The mission of The Victory Center, a Florida non-sectarian, non–for-profit Corporation, is to provide children with Autism and similar disorders comprehensive individualized therapy. The students receive one-to-one/ two-to-one student- teacher ratio therapy within a classroom setting based on the principals pioneered by B.F. Skinner and his Applied Behavior Analysis.

Stacy and Board Member David Barnett

Susan Blumin and Board Secretary Louise Daniels

Pam and Board Member Heath Eskalyo

Steve and Lauren Geduld and Irwin Geduld and Olga Palmer

Miriam Nelson, Jerry Klein and Shelley Kaminsky

Lisa and Board Member Kenny Young

The Yavner Family – Erin, Rachel and Board Vice-Chair Michael Yavner

Beth and Jeff Mutnik

Nico, Sheryl, and Alex Corbijn and Dayra Morales

Canadian Singing Superstar Liz Loughrey

Emcee Jen Herrera from Channell 10 News

Cindy and Alan Behar

Florence and Board member Robert Werner

Barry and Judi Nelson with Leatrice Stutz

The Victory Center Director of Education Dr. Tara Loughrey, Kevin Loughrey and Liz Loughrey

Gala co-Chair Rhonda Hill and Academy teacher Cari Cregan

A beautiful scene in the ballroom

Monica Torreblanca and Jose Garcia

Chris Nolan and Marcelle Meyer

Honoree Nancy Brown and Jeff Regitt

Gala co-chair Betty Shan, Board Chair Richard Shan, Lauren Geduld, Jodi Tartell and Steven Geduld

Stacy Barnett, Suzanne Friedman and Terri Sonn

Liz Loughrey and Adrian X. Ecclestone

Allie Friedman and Lindsay Barnett

Cassie Nelson, Noelia Alvarez, Brianna Luecken, Tiffany Morhaim and Diana Lozano

Honorable Larry Schwartz and Honorable Caryn Schwartz

The Victory Center Teachers and Staff

The Silent Auction