Event Raises $14,200

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

to Kick-Off Healthy Start’s 25th Birthday!

The Boots & Bling riverboat fundraising event raised more than $14,200 and helped kick-off Healthy Start’s 25th Birthday.  The fun-filled evening included celebrity MC’s Amanda Hall and Chris Cifatte from WINK news, DJ Gentry Thomas, country western dancing and lessons, BBQ dinner, great auction items, and games such as BINGO, 52-Card Draw, Heads or Tails, and much more!

This year’s event was extra special because it was the kick-off for Healthy Start’s 25th birthday. Healthy Start’s goals are to prevent infant deaths and low birth weight babies, and promote health and developmental outcomes for young children.  The infant mortality rate in Southwest Florida (Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties) has decreased 47% since the program began.

Investing in programs that promote a healthy start in life is important because a healthy start lasts a lifetime!  Babies who are born healthy are more likely to be ready for school and succeed in school, and less likely to end up in the juvenile justice system.  If you missed the event, you can see the pictures and make a donation at www.HealthyStartBaby.org.