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STARability Foundation’s Light the Night Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

1. STAR Gala Co-Chairs Jennifer Marchionda and Holly Shapiro

The STAR Light the Night Gala, the STARability Foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year, set a new record as donors raised $3.2 million to support programs for people with disabilities. intellectual and developmental disability. Nearly 600 guests attended the sold-out event on Feb. 12 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples.

An anonymous donor generously offered a $1 million challenge during the fundraising portion of the gala. Guests rose to the challenge and matched the giveaway as auctioneer Rick Gallo called the event a record.

NBC2 News’ Stacey Deffenbaugh hosted the event, which also featured STARability attendees in a dance number and a moving speech by an attendee named Matt. STARability Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Collier County whose mission is to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing life-transforming opportunities that emphasize teamwork and connection. to the community to build awareness and respect for their individual capacities.

2. Lisa Kahn-Allen, Chloe Kahn and Philip Allen

2. Lisa Kahn-Allen, Chloe Kahn and Philip Allen

3. Andrew Martes, Katelyn Healy, Matt Martel, Mark Martel and Patricia Martel

3. Andrew Martes, Katelyn Healy, Matt Martel, Mark Martel and Patricia Martel

4. Carrie Cooney, Brett Cooney and John Cooney

4. Carrie Cooney, Brett Cooney and John Cooney

5. Max Kandel, Hannah Kandel, Merrylee Kandel, Geena Kandel and Dr. Joseph Kandel

5. Max Kandel, Hannah Kandel, Merrylee Kandel, Geena Kandel and Dr. Joseph Kandel

6. Jana Seaman and Brent Seaman of Accanito Capital Group introduce STAR Gala Sponsors

6. Jana Seaman and Brent Seaman of Accanito Capital Group introduce STAR Gala Sponsors

7. Rick Gallo, STAR Gala Auctioneer with Stacey Deffenbaugh, Event MC

7. Rick Gallo, STAR Gala Auctioneer with Stacey Deffenbaugh, Event MC

8. Amy Quinn and John Quinn

8. Amy Quinn and John Quinn

9. Anne Fleming and Sasha Cheyfitz

9. Anne Fleming and Sasha Cheyfitz

10. Laura Georgelos, Tori Georgelos and Lou Georgelos

10. Laura Georgelos, Tori Georgelos and Lou Georgelos

11. Colleen Bacskai with Vicki Tracy

11. Colleen Bacskai with Vicki Tracy

Crown Jeweler owner Gabriel Alves with Charla Goodnight and Matthew Matt Lacy after Charla won diamond earrings

Crown Jeweler owner Gabriel Alves with Charla Goodnight and Matthew Matt Lacy after Charla won diamond earrings