Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

Unicorn Children’s Foundation Gets Down with Motown

Michael & Heather Fairs, Gail Wasserman, Felette Branch, Nicole Flier, Marianne Conigliaro. Photo by Mitchell Zachs.

Boca Raton, FL – On Saturday, February 16, 2019, The Unicorn Children’s Foundation, along with co-chairs Julissa Caballero and Phillip DiPonio, hosted its Unicorn Ball: Get Down with Motown at the Polo Club of Boca Raton.  The evening was a resounding success, and funds raised will create cradle to career pathways to help people with autism, attention deficit disorder and other special needs excel in their communities.

Haley Moss, a South Florida woman who was admitted to the Florida Bar 21 years after she was diagnosed with autism, was honored with the prestigious Occhigrossi Family Youth in Service Award. “I am completely honored and very, very excited to keep spreading the message and hoping to inspire and bring hope to Boca Raton and our surrounding area,” Haley proclaimed. The award recognizes young people who are doing exceptional work to increase acceptance, support and opportunities for individuals challenged by special needs.

Guests were treated to a live performance by Carlos De Antonis, America’s Got Talent contestant and world-famed opera tenor. The event consisted of an exciting live auction including 7th-row tickets for Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in Sunrise in March, and an exclusive Opera Chef Experience by Carlos himself. Another exciting live auction item was a Marilyn Monroe print on brushed metal, worth $25,000 by artist, Arthur J Williams. He was there at the event telling his fascinating story of his journey of being one of the greatest counterfeiters of modern history to now being a professional artist. During the After Party, a live band performed all of the classic Motown hits, where everyone danced and enjoyed delicious Motor City soul food.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Unicorn’s very exciting new program: the Special Percs CaféTM, a café that will provide vocational training and employment options for young adults with special needs.  Unicorn hopes to create a path for these individuals to become more valued, accepted and included within the community through meaningful employment options in a competitive high-demand industry, as well as give their lives meaning and purpose one cup at a time. Guests had the exclusive opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind Special Percs Café mug donated by FarFromBoring, and the FIRST bags of “Coffee for a Cause” Unicorn Dream Makers Blend by Mammoth Coffee Roasting Co. If you couldn’t attend the event but would like to donate towards the launch of Special Percs CaféTM or purchase a bag of coffee, please visit

A big THANK YOU to this year’s sponsors: Gail Wasserman Family Foundation, Sunshine Health, Silvana & Barry Halperin, Stanley & Marilyn Barry, Angela Fisher, Skyjet, Saks Fifth Avenue, Wyndham Boca Raton, Club Managers Association of America- Florida Chapter, Boca West Children’s Foundation, TD Bank, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Mammoth Coffee Roasting Company, D3 Advertising, Motiv8, The Winebow Group, Palm Bay International, Republic Distributing Company, Simply The Best Magazine, Toshiba Business Solutions, The Happy Printer, FarFromBoring, Cakeballs Inc., and Oceans234.

With 1 of every 6 children affected by some form of intellectual or developmental disability, most of us have experienced the challenges first-hand or know someone who has.  There are a wide range of opportunities to be involved; to connect and learn more about the Unicorn Children’s Foundation please visit

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