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Youth Haven SWFL Youth Shelter

Naples, Fl (June 14, 2023). Youth Haven, Inc. has announced its upcoming events for the 2023-2024 season. All events will help provide Home, Hope, and Healing to the abused and neglected children and teens of Southwest Florida.

Uncorked will be held Friday, October 13, 2023, at The Club at Mediterra from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The eighth annual event, chaired by Charlie Miller and Jacqui Resop, is a “resort chic” wine pairing event with delicious food and drinks, music, a silent auction, and more. The media sponsor is Gulfshore Life. Individual tickets are $200.

Healing Youth will be held Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Sea Salt from 11:30 am 1:00 pm. For a third year in a row, Sea Salt owners Ingrid and Chef Fabrizio have opened their doors to host a luncheon benefitting Youth Haven’s children and teens. The luncheon will feature Keynote Speaker Christina Meredith, author of the best-selling book, CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope. The media sponsor is Gulfshore Life. Individual tickets are $175.

Cherish the Children returns to The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, starting at 11:00 am. The Cherish the Children luncheon offers an engaging opportunity to learn more about the programs that help to create transformational change in the lives of our children and teens. Event Co-chairs: Trina Mostyn and Jen Porter, Honorary Chairs: Dr. Richard Lublin and Christine Lublin. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, best-selling author of The Lighthouse Effect. The media sponsor is Naples Illustrated. Individual tickets are $300.

Starry Nights will occur on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Join us for Starry Nights, a mesmerizing evening celebrating Youth Haven featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, and more! We hope you join us for this enchanting evening where every child of Youth Haven is a star! Event Chairs are Ingrid Aielli, Beverly Fanning, Rufino Hernandez, and Brenda Melton; Honorary Chairs are Amy & John. TV Personality, Courtney Hansen, is also returning as the event emcee. The media sponsor is Gulfshore Life. Individual tickets are $500.

Founded in 1972 and in continuous operation for over 50 years, Youth Haven was established to fulfill an immediate need for emergency shelter for children who had been removed suddenly from a traumatic home situation. Our 18.5-acre therapeutic campus houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven views challenges as opportunities in helping each child gain confidence, independence and success as they continue to strengthen the community they serve.

“We are thrilled to announce our 2023-2024 fundraising events,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Chief Executive Officer. “We hope you can join us to support the local abused and neglected children that depend on Youth Haven. Together, we can continue to provide transformational changes and ensure a brighter, better future for the children and teens in our care.”

For sponsorship opportunities for Youth Haven’s events, please visit

For customized sponsorship opportunities or for any questions, please contact Michele Rubin, Events Manager, at (239) 687-5163 or

For media inquiries, please contact Laura Lafakis, Youth Haven Director of Development, at 239-687-5175 or

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only emergency and residential emergency shelter for children and teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. In continuous operation since 1972, Youth Haven’s therapeutic campus, located in Naples, Florida, houses 70 youth with a waking staff system that allows for around-the-clock specialized care. Youth Haven provides programs that create transformational change in its youth. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier and the Keys, and a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient. It also holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Its mission is “To provide Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens in Southwest Florida.” For more information, please visit or call 239-774-2904. Follow Youth Haven on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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