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Samantha’s Friends Black Diamond 2017
ABOUT SAMANTHA’S FRIENDS
The Mission of Samantha’s Friends.
A non-profit organization, is to help individuals challenged by disabilities such as autism, stroke, combat injuries, and other catastrophic illnesses, gain independence and companionship with the assistance of a service canine.
Samantha’s Friends was originally founded in 1996 by Eddie Perley as a fundraiser for Samantha Bozza who suffered a brain aneurysm caused by an arteriorvenus malformation when she was only 15 years old.
After a close encounter with death and many years of rehabilitation, Samantha reaches out to help and inspire individuals in all walks of life with her kind, generous, enthusiastic spirit.
In 2004, Samantha was honored as the very first recipient of the “Woman of Achievement Award” in the state of Florida. Samantha was also named “Woman of Excellence” for 2005 -2006 honoring her work helping others.
Samatha’s true passion, is her foundation “Samantha’s Friends” created in her honor.
Guests had the opportunity to sit with their favorite Celebrity as they enjoyed a scrumptious mimosa buffet brunch, entertainment by Miss Florida’s past and present including Kylie Williams, Dana Dalton Judge and Chloe Judge, Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap, a fabulous and unique fashion show featuring Panache’ with Darci Andris Jacob and Clara Schneider. Jackie Z Style Co. and Ansley Z Kids Co. with Jackie Zumba and Brian Kins. Stunning models Amy Tanaka, Jeni Summers, Kelly Dean, Marie Elizabeth, Brianna, Gabriella, and Alexis Tutera, canine parade, live and silent auction and pictures and autographs with all the celebrities. Celebrity appearances by Days of our Lives Martha Madison, Eric Martsolf, Patrika Darbo, Jordi Vilasuso and Christopher Sean. Owners of Soul Yoga Sanctuary and Owners of Jaco’s Boxing, MMA + Fitness Gym, Kelli and Adam Jaco.
Joey Panek senior producer of SunCoast View. Owner at TLS Entertainment Tim Schalch, and Celebrity Photographer Barry Lively B Lively Images.
Samantha’s Friends is a 501c3 non-profit organization to help individuals challenged by disabilities such as autism, stroke, combat injuries, and other catastrophic illnesses, gain independence and companionship with the assistance of a service canine.
Support this organization provide trained assistance dogs to children with autism, people with disabilities, and military . The dogs also change lives of at risk students who learn to care for, groom, and train the dogs during the school day.
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