11062475888?profile=RESIZE_710xRick Rodriguez (l-r), Barbara Stark and Mychael Mapp are preparing for the Motown-themed celebration to raise money for the Milagro Center children’s programs. Photo
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By Amy Woods

In planning its spring fundraiser, the Milagro Center opts for fun instead of formal, grace instead of glamour, and stylish instead of stuffy.
The Heart & Soul Celebration taking place May 13 in Boca Raton will roll out a Motown theme with a clever call to action: “Be the heart that transforms the souls.”
“This is going to be fun,” president and CEO Barbara Stark said. “It reflects who we are. Our organization is all about nurturing and feedback and arts and music. Our centers are filled with happiness and laughter, and the kids love being there. It is such a positive place, and that’s how we want our fundraisers to be.”
With live music from the Memory Lane Band setting the tone, the event will include an open bar, a full dinner and lots of dancing.
Attire is “Saturday night chic.”
“This is more like a party,” Stark said. “We’ll have a full house. People will have to respond quickly.”
The celebration will open with a cocktail hour featuring karaoke and a silent auction. The program will follow — a welcome, a video presentation and a live auction.
“The rest of the evening is all enjoyment,” Stark said. “This is going to be an awesome get-up-and-dance night.”
The celebration will have about 170 guests and is expected to raise between $80,000 and $90,000 to boost the Delray Beach center’s academic, cultural arts, mentoring, after-school and summer camp programs.
“There will be plenty of opportunities for attendees to make miracles that evening while having a funky good time,” Stark said.

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