This Year's Silver Coffee Promises "Glitz, Glamour and Moonlight"
by Sandy Fahy
BELLEAIR - It all started some 30 years ago when a few friends got together for the benefit of the Gulf Coast Division of the Children's Home Society. The first coffee was held at the home of Dr. William and Jeannette Hale. The following year, Marilyn Lokey and Patricia Slaughter decided to host a fundraiser for the society and it proved so successful, they asked others to join them in their efforts. The committee that resulted determined to make the event an annual affair, calling it the Silver Coffee. The daytime fundraiser eventually became a moonlight-themed evening party.
Over the years, members have raised over $700,000 for the organization which offers emergency shelter care, long-term foster care and adoption programs for more than 50,000 children statewide each year. Proceeds from the 2008 Silver Coffee will benefit the Children's Home Society of Florida's Family Visitation House. The facility provides a safe, secure and comfortable home-like environment for children of Pinellas County when out-of-the-home placements become necessary.
Theme of this year's event is "Glitz, Glamour and Moonlight." It will take place on November 7 at the home of Sandy and Doug Prior in Belleair. Sponsors are The Cantonis Company, Patricia and John Slaughter, Boos Development Group, Inc., D-Mar General Contracting and Development, Inc., Lisa and George Etheridge, Jr., Beth and Bill Fisher, Franklin Templeton Investments, Northern Trust, Pinch A Penny, Quality Boats of Tampa Bay and Mary Elizabeth Welpton.
The 2008 Silver Coffee comittee is composed of Jennifer Andersen, Laura Bair, Sandy Barkley, Ernestine Bean, Niki Bouchard, Diane Cagni, Pie Cook, Allison Davidson, Beth Ann Fisher, Jan Reynolds Hooks, Irene Hughes, Shawn Karaphillis, Leona Kinnear, Marie Kudelko, Alison Martin, Sharon Meek, Melinda Royster, Patricia Slaughter and Brenda Whitehead. '