Get ready to be dazzled at the Star Gala, “Dazzling Diamond Soirée” on March 9, 2019, a benefit event at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

You are invited to an evening inspired by the dazzle of diamonds including cocktails, dinner, dancing, a live auction of unique items and experiences, silent auction with online bidding, and giving opportunities where all proceeds will support the STARability Foundation and its life transforming programs.

Event Chairs Laura and Lou Georgelos and their dedicated committee have created an exciting event that has been recognized as the must-attend event of the season. The Star Gala also shines light on the over 250 individuals and their families who need STARability’s innovative quality programs that provide social, vocational and educational connections to the community while strengthening awareness and respect for individual abilities.

“We chose the theme Dazzling Diamond Soiree,” says Laura Georgelos, “because like diamonds, our STAR members are unique, and with nurturing, in the right environment and the right setting, their radiance can shine through.” She adds, “STARability offers that environment and the opportunities to bring out our members’ abilities and give them meaning and purpose in their lives.”

Guests at the 2019 STAR Gala will have several giving opportunities to support STARability including a “Fund-a-Need”, and a live auction featuring a spectacular selection of unique items and experiences: Wine Tasting & Historic Estate Accommodations in Bordeaux, France for up to 10 people; Exclusive Sunset Wine Dinner at a private home on Keewaydin Island; Fashionable, one-of-a-kind Waterside Shops Style Tour; Canadian Rockies Executive Getaway in Canmore with golfing at Stewart Creek Country Club; Napa Valley Harvest Weekend for two couples hosted by Gargiulo Vineyards; and Capital Grille Wine Dinner for 8 people in the private boardroom.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort located at 2600 Tiburon Drive in Naples. Tickets are $350 per person and Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities are available. Ten Carat (Title) Sponsor is Cosway Company/Hempz Body Products; Diamond Sponsor is Waterside Shops; Emerald Sponsors include Kurtz Homes, Pelizzon Family Fund, Stofft Cooney Architects, and Woods/Weidenmiller/Michetti & Rudnick; Ruby Sponsors include Florida Community Bank, Lisa Kahn Designs, MVP Autism Foundation, and US Bank Private Wealth Management; Pearl Sponsors include Sharon Gilkey/Axiom Gallery, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Dr. Joseph and Merrylee Kandel, MedExpress Urgent Care, BCB Homes, Stuart Nassos, Premiere Systems, Ken Gilman, Allison Baker, Debbie & George White and Mike and Lynn Zak. The Star Gala exclusive “Diamond Drop” is courtesy of A Jaron Fine Jewelry. Media Sponsors include Gulfshore Life and Naples Daily News. Invitation Underwriter is The Lutgert Companies; Photography Underwriter is Collins & DuPont Design Group; and Valet Underwriter is Ernest and JoAnne Nassos.

For tickets to the 2019 Star Gala “Dazzling Diamond Soirée”, as well as sponsorships or additional information, visit or call 239-594-9007.

Thank you Gulfshore Business and Naples Daily News for posting our “Dazzling Diamond Soirée” STAR Gala event and informing the community of the importance of our annual Gala. Please click on their links to read more.