Make an Impact at the Anti-Gala fundraiser

Forget the formal wear. There’s a new fundraiser in town. The Hope for More Foundation (H4MF) welcomes attendees to “come as they are” to its signature event, the Anti-Gala. The event supports the amazing work of local nonprofits in the community.

Jessica Kendrick, Esq., and Sarah Geltz., Esq., of the Kendrick Law Group founded H4MF in 2017 to bridge the gap in support for Central Florida’s homegrown nonprofit organizations. Along with board members, Audra Wilks of Kelly Price and Associates and Marisa Bryan and Suzanne Reams of  Edward Jones Financial in Winter Park, the women strive to identify and fund local nonprofits. This helps the nonprofits to further their efforts in outreach, advocacy and fundraising.

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The founding members developed a specific focus for the H4MF outreach that leans toward helping some of our most vulnerable neighbors. They consciously look to work with organizations that improve health and quality of life for sick, ailing or disabled children; improve access to resources for advocates and survivors of domestic violence; benefit and support veterans and their families; and stabilize, support and provide opportunities for underprivileged children.

So what exactly is an anti-gala? It’s all of your favorite people – new friends and old – coming together in an inspiring venue to eat, dance and have a night of fun for a cause that means so much to so many people.

“An anti-gala is a ‘come as you are’ event,” H4MF Treasurer Jessica Kendrick explains. “No tuxes. No gowns. Just a night of fun for a great cause. We chose to do an Anti-Gala to set ourselves apart from the already perfected formal gala scene.”

 All proceeds from the Anti-Gala event will be donated to Embrace Families (formerly Community Based Care of Central Florida). They are a nonprofit that provides adoption, fostering and diversion services to Central Florida youth. It serves more than 3,000 children each day programs like a first-of-its kind Managed Medicaid program, Kinship Support programs, Youth Services programs and much more. Additionally, its Keys to Independence program has helped over 400 foster children obtain driver’s licenses. Also, through a partnership with IberiaBank, the program establishes funds to help them secure vehicle loans.

“We chose Embrace Families as our beneficiary because we wanted to give to a local nonprofit that serves those most in need in our community and to support their incredible message of hope,” H4MF President Sara Geltz says.

H4MF’s Inaugural Anti-Gala event, presented by Kendrick Law Group, Lexus of Orlando and Lexus of Winter Park, will be held at the new Lexus of Orlando location on March 2, 2019. Tickets can be purchased in advance only and are expected to sell out. For more information, visit


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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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