CASTLE of the Treasure Coast Raises $50,000 at Holiday Magic Event

The community came out in force for CASTLE's Holiday Magic Event, raising $50,000 in one evening to support Child Abuse Education and Prevention programs. More than 300 guests bid on jewelry valued at over $16,000, 75 bottles of wine and some very unusual silent and oral auction items.

Port St. Lucie, FL, December 12, 2010 --( Times may be tough, but that doesn’t stop folks on the Treasure Coast from helping those around them in need. And this message rang out loud and clear at CASTLE’s Holiday Magic when more than 300 people donated a total of $50,000.

The evening was fun and fast paced for those in attendance with silent and oral auctions of nearly one hundred and fifty items, cocktails and gourmet food, dancing, and wine and beer tastings. Held at the PGA Education Center in PGA Village on Saturday, November 20th, the event is considered a success for more than one reason. “We are so fortunate because the community has supported this event for 17 years now, making it one of the most successful and recurring events on the Treasure Coast,” said Theresa Garbarino-May, Executive Director of CASTLE. “And they support it in so many ways; by purchasing tickets, through their sponsorships and donation of auction items, and by attending the event. This event is more successful with each passing year and we have the community to thank for it.”

There were gift baskets, golf foursomes, vacation stays, paintings and other familiar items on the auction block; however, this event had some very unusual items being auctioned off, including pre-decorated designer Christmas trees, a wine tree, and for the first time, the “Man Chair”, a brand new Lazy Boy leather recliner complete with cigars and scotch. All proceeds from this event will benefit CASTLE’s programs for the education and prevention of child abuse.

CASTLE is a Florida non-profit agency offering parenting education via in-home counseling, monitored visitations, and classes for first time parents, parents going through a divorce and children experiencing confusion due to divorce. CASTLE serves the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee counties including Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, with a mission to improve the quality of family life and prevent child abuse and neglect while teaching parents to love, nurture and discipline their children safely. CASTLE is a United Way partner organization and is supported by the area Children's Services Councils. CASTLE facilities are located in St. Lucie County (772-465-6011), Martin County (772-781-4510) and Indian River County (772-567-5700). You can also visit them on-line at

For further information about CASTLE or this press release, call Chris Robertson, Director of Development, at 772-567-5700.

CASTLE of the Treasure Coast
Chris Robertson