Mayor's Ball 2017 Unmasks Homeless Issues
Guests arriving at the 4th Annual Mayor’s Ball were greeted by a red carpet and a tent city. Volunteers posing as homeless people camped outside the Palm Beach County Convention Center reminded gala attendees about the purpose of the evening; to help the homeless in Palm Beach County.
The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County managed to mix education with the festivities at their annual fundraiser. Each guest received a masquerade mask as they entered the party, and then learned the purpose behind the fun photo props.
“The homeless in our community often hide behind a mask that everything is okay. They don’t want people to know about their situation, out of fear of losing their job, or worse their children. This often makes them feel invisible,” said Homeless Coalition Executive Director, Marilyn Munoz. We want to help people see behind the mask, understand that there is a need and step up to help.”
Homeless programs in Palm Beach County are helping. Every place setting at the Mayor’s Ball included a story about a homeless person who has been helped by the Homeless Coalition.