Valerie’s House to Host 3rd Annual Sunset Soiree to Support Grieving Children: FGCU President Michael Martin and his wife, Jan Martin, to serve as Honorary Chairs

FORT MYERS, FL – July 26, 2019 – Valerie’s House, a Southwest Florida nonprofit dedicated to helping grieving children heal after the loss of a loved one, will hold its annual signature event, Sunset Soiree, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, 18520 Miromar Lakes Blvd.

Florida Gulf Coast University President Michael Martin and his wife, Jan Martin, will serve as honorary chairs for the second year in a row.

“Valerie’s House is a haven for children and families who have lost a parent or loved one,” Mrs. Martin said. “We are honored to support this important cause once again and hope the community will join us to lift up those who grieve and walk along with them on their journey of healing.”

ABC7 evening news anchor, Krista Fogelsong, will emcee the event, which includes an open bar cocktail hour along Miromar Lakes Beach and a gourmet-seated dinner inside. The highlight of the evening will be a special program introducing children of Valerie’s House and showcasing a gallery of their artwork.

“We look forward to sharing the story of Valerie’s House with our community,” said Angela Melvin, CEO and founder of Valerie’s House. “Together, with the funds raised from our Sunset Soiree, we are able to stay at the forefront of addressing childhood trauma so that no child has to grieve alone.”

The annual event provides a substantial investment in Valerie’s House life-changing, healing programs that include support groups for grieving children, their parents, families and other caregivers at no cost.

Melvin adds, “We know that by connecting with others who are grieving in a supportive environment children and families can work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives.”

Tickets are $250 per person and $1,500 for a table of six. Tickets can be purchased at For information about sponsorship opportunities, please call (239) 204-5804 or email

About Valerie’s House
The only grief support program in Southwest Florida focused solely on helping children grieve, Valerie’s House provides a safe, comfortable place for children to bond and heal together following the death of an immediate family member. Valerie’s House services children and families in Fort Myers, Naples and Punta Gorda. Valerie’s House is a United Way partner agency supported through generous donations from the community. To learn more, or email
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