“A home is where our heart is,” Paul Labrecque told nearly 150 guests in the courtyard outside his Paul Labrecque Salon & Skincare Spa in the Royal Poinciana Plaza Saturday night at the 5th Annual Night of Giving, benefiting Family Promise of Southeast Florida.

“We get to help wonderful causes and tonight is all about Family Promise,” added Labrecque, whose salon annually selects a nonprofit with a mission that resonates with his team. “Isn’t it beautiful to know that there is an organization that is helping children have a roof over their heads and meals on their table? No one should go hungry and without a home.”

Family Promise’s Executive Director Jennifer Raymond, LMHC-QS, NCC, spoke about the impact of contributions from the evening, which featured a luxury silent auction with 100% proceeds going toward providing temporary shelter, food, clothing, mental health counseling, educational support, employment assistance, and other essential services to families with young children in our community who are struggling with situational homelessness.

“It takes a village, as they say,” said Raymond. “You’re not only helping one family. You are helping thousands of families that are entering our programs every year and trying to get them the support that they need. Without your support, we could not do what we do.”

Through such assistance, 700 families have graduated from Family Promise’s Road to Independence program, and more than 200 children have benefited in just the last two years.

One shining example of Family Promise’s positive impact in the community is Ron, a single father, who shared his story with Night of Giving guests.

“Two and half years ago in the midst of Covid, I lost my job,” he recalled “I have two small sons and we were facing eviction. We had three weeks. We had no friends or family in Florida. A friend from Michigan found a phone number and said, ‘Ron you’ve got to give Family Promise a call.’

“They (Family Promise staff) met me and the kids and immediately promised we would not have to carry this load anymore,” he continued. “I have my own house now. We have our own bedrooms. My kids are healthy. They’re happy. Their grades have improved. I can’t wait to be on the other side of this group so I can be giving money and supporting Family Promise. “Thank you all for your generosity!”

Co-chairing the event were Collin “Santini” Adams, general manager of the Paul Labrecque Salon & Skincare Spa, along with Elizabeth Humphreys and Taylor Materio. Committee members included Kristen Bardin, Dawn Cirone, Harris Freedman, Ryan Hollihan, Susan Kaplan, Stacey Leuliette, Cory Lyon, Elizabeth Nunez, Stephanie Schwed, Grace Hyde Walker and Lucy Webster.

The luxury silent auction featured items from Casa de Campo, Makers Air, Hamilton Jewelers, Marissa Collections, The Colony Hotel, Gambino Fashion Consulting, ORO House of Health, Michael Aram and many other notable donors.

For more information about Family Promise of Southeast Florida, visit familypromisesefl.org or call 561-265-3370. To contact the salon, call (561) 402-8207.

About Family Promise of Southeast Florida:

Family Promise of Southeast Florida (formerly Family Promise of South Palm Beach County) helps families in crisis find stability by providing temporary shelter, meals, mental health counseling, life skills education, financial literacy training, referral services and comprehensive case management. The 501(c)3 nonprofit opened in 2008 to empower families in South Palm Beach County in making the transition from homelessness to sustainable independence and has since expanded to meet the needs of an ever-growing number of families throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties. The Delray Beach-based organization is one of more than 200 local affiliates of Family Promise, which has been on the forefront of the nation’s fight against family homelessness since 1986. To learn more, visit www.FamilyPromiseSEFL.org.

 

 

About Paul Lebrecque Salon & Spa

Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa was founded by Paul Labrecque in 1988. His passion for beauty and fashion grew as Paul realized the power of beauty and how making people feel and look their best could truly change lives in so many ways. What started as a two-seat boutique salon in the Upper Westside neighborhood of New York has since grown into a highly successful full-service salon and skincare spas with locations in Manhattan, Palm Beach and Philadelphia as well as an award-winning line of hair care products, a thriving retail and ecommerce business and a highly regarded education center for young stylists in training.