FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2020) – Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, raised $10,776 at “Fashion to a Tea,” an elegant high tea luncheon that raised awareness and support for programs assisting foster children in Charlotte County.

Fashion to a Tea included lunch, a silent auction, fun surprises and a spirited fashion show with models showcasing the chic, trendy styles available at HipNotique, an eclectic boutique in Punta Gorda.

Proceeds from Fashion to a Tea will help Guardian ad Litem Foundation provide funds to recruit, train and support volunteer advocates who offer a voice on behalf of abused, neglected or abandoned children in the courts, schools and child welfare system. The Foundation also provides funds to purchase basic necessities, clothing, movie tickets and theme park tickets for children, as well as pay for tutoring and participation in youth sports and clubs.

“Fashion to a Tea, Jazz on the Harbor and other fundraising events like our upcoming Voices of Hope Gala are fun and uplifting social gatherings, but they also generate support that critical in helping us accomplish our mission,” said Jessica Stanfield, executive director of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation. “Our goal is to make sure we can provide every child with a trained and compassionate advocate to act on their behalf in the courtroom and as they work toward a permanent placement.”

The inaugural 2020 Voices of Hope Gala includes dinner, entertainment and a live auction, and will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at The Club at Grandezza, 11481 Grande Oak Blvd. in Estero. For ticket and sponsorship opportunities, please visit VoicesForKids.org or call 239-533-1435.

About Guardian ad Litem Foundation

Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, was established in 1984 and is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Guardian ad Litem programs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation, a United Way Partner Agency, has a mission of ensuring that every abused, neglected or abandoned youth in Southwest Florida has a voice as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare system. The Foundation raises funds that help meet a child’s health, educational and social needs, as well as provide support for highly trained volunteer advocates who represent the best interests of a child until a safe, permanent placement is established. For additional information, visit VoicesForKids.org or call 239-533-1435.