• Christina Mehta Prendiville

Valerie’s House to Host Sunset Soiree at Shangri-La Springs

Save the date for signature event to support grieving children

FORT MYERS, Fla.–-Valerie’s House, Inc., a Southwest Florida nonprofit helping grieving children work through the loss of a loved one, is pleased to announce its signature annual event “Sunset Soiree at Shangri-La Springs” will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 9 pm. on the grounds of the historic Shangri-La Springs property in Bonita Springs. Florida Gulf Coast University President Mike Martin and Mrs. Jan Martin are honorary chairs of the event. ABC7 evening news anchor Krista Fogelsong will emcee the evening festivities.

Valerie’s House Sunset Soiree will feature Florida’s natural beauty amidst the elegant style of the Shangri-La Springs, a 1920s resort that once welcomed stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Guests will enjoy an evening under the starry sky with blues and jazz entertainment, a gallery of children’s artwork and more, all to benefit Valerie’s House. An open bar cocktail hour followed by seated dining and a special program introducing the children of Valerie’s House will round out the evening.

“We are excited to host this wonderful and fun event at the Shangri-La Springs for the second time,” said Angela Melvin, CEO and founder of Valerie’s House. “We are looking forward to sharing the amazing story of Valerie’s House with our community in such a magical Old Florida setting.”

The annual event provides substantial support for programming that includes support groups for grieving children, their parents, families and other caregivers.

Tickets can be purchased at For information about sponsorship opportunities, please call (239) 246-5763 or email


Since 2015, Valerie’s House has provided grief services to over 300 children and their families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Sarasota counties at its Fort Myers and Naples locations. As the first program of its kind in Southwest Florida, Valerie’s House provides a safe, comfortable place for children to bond, grieve and heal following the death of a close family member. The organization’s vision is that no child will grieve alone. Valerie’s House is a United Way Partner Agency and is fully supported through generous donations from the community. For more information, visit

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