Unicorn Children’s Foundation hosted “Buddha Ball” Gala at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, March 16, 2013, for over 400 attendees who represent a cross-section of Boca Raton’s community leaders, business professionals and philanthropists, as well as many patrons from the greater South Florida area. Max Tucci, Cindi Krost, Donald Trump and Melania Trump were this year’s gala chairs. The evening of enlightenment and fundraising included a silent and live auction items, entertainment and fare to tempt taste buds. “CSI:Miami” and Emmy-nominated actress Eva La Rue was the evening’s mistress of ceremonies, pianist ELEW tickled the ivories, singer Xavier Lewis performed his song “Give Back” and DJ Lina provided seductive sounds at the “Spirit of the Tsars Vodka After Party” at the poolside.
Proceeds from the “Buddha Ball” will directly support Unicorn Children’s Foundation’s continued efforts, which include the opening of Unicorn Village Academy. The academy will open its doors in fall 2013 in Boca Raton. The innovative and specialized high school will aim to meet the needs of adolescents between the ages of 14 and 22 who have been diagnosed with some form of neurodevelopmental disorder, such as ADHD, autism, Asperger’s and other learning disorders. The proprietary curriculum of Unicorn Village Academy will focus on each student’s strengths and interests to achieve academic, career, and daily living skills in a bullying-free environment.
Since it’s inception in 1994, Unicorn Children’s Foundation’s key objective was to provide hope and answers for the families of children affected by neuro-diverse disorders, such as: Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Bipolar, Dyslexia, and other learning disorders. To date, we have awarded over $2,250,000 to increase awareness of these disorders, establish effective treatment guidelines, and disseminate this information to professionals and parents across the globe. This year, we are embarking on our most ambitious project, the opening of the Unicorn Village Academy in Boca Raton August 2013. This state-of-the art high school will provide a positive, strength-based learning environment that will prepare students with neuro-diverse disorders for life so that they may participate as fulfilled and productive members of society. This is a critical program to ensure the future of our society as nearly 1 in 6 individuals is currently diagnosed with some form of these disorders.