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Naples, Fl (November 9, 2023) Youth Haven, Inc. celebrates a triumphant start to a busy 2023-2024 season with two highly successful events.

Uncorked was held Friday, October 13, 2023, at The Club at Mediterra. The eighth annual wine pairing event, chaired by Charlie Miller and Jacqui Resop, featured delicious food and drinks, live music, a silent auction, and more. Thank you to our Sommelier Sponsor, International Diamond Center, and Wine Sponsor, Pacific Southern Wine Company. $90,000 was raised to support Youth Haven.

Healing Youth was held Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Sea Salt. For a third year, Sea Salt owners Ingrid and Chef Fabrizio opened their doors to host a luncheon raising $40,000 to benefit Youth Haven’s children and teens. The luncheon featured Keynote Speaker Christina Meredith, author of the best-selling book CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope.

Gulfshore Life/The Naples Press was the media sponsor of both events, and Corey Lazar, WINK News Anchor, served as Emcee.

Please save the dates for Youth Haven’s following two events:

Cherish the Children will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, on Monday, January 22, 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 the Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón, from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. 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 Mr. John and Dr. Amy Quinn. TV Personality Courtney Hansen is also returning as the event emcee, along with Corey Lazar. The media sponsor is Gulfshore Life/The Naples Press. Individual tickets are $500.

Founded in 1972 and 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 to help each child gain confidence, independence, and success as they continue to strengthen the community they serve.

“We are grateful for our sponsors, attendees, vendors, in-kind donors, and volunteers that helped make Uncorked and Healing Youth a success,” said Linda Goldfield, Youth Haven’s Chief Executive Officer. “We hope you can join us at Cherish the Children and Starry Nights 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

If you have any events or sponsorship questions, please contact Michele Rubin, Events Manager, at (239) 687-5163 or

About Youth Haven, Inc.
Youth Haven, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1972 and provides Home, Hope, and Healing to abused and neglected children and teens, ages 6 – 20, in SWFL. Its 18.5-acre therapeutic campus in Naples, FL, offers the only Emergency shelter in Collier County for youth removed from their homes. Youth Haven offers a Residential/At-Risk care facility where individuals can stay for an average of 270 days. Additionally, they operate a shelter specifically for homeless, unaccompanied teens, helping them make a successful transition to adulthood. With beds for up to 70 youth, Youth Haven provides around-the-clock specialized care in a home-like environment, counseling to begin their healing process, educational support, and a robust enrichment program. Youth Haven is accredited by the nationally recognized Council on Accreditation, licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and is a partner of Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. Rated 4-star (excellent) by Charity Navigator and Platinum by Candid/Guidestar, Youth Haven is a beneficiary of Naples Children & Education Foundation. For more info or to schedule a tour, please visit or call 239-774-2904. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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