Bluegreen Vacations the honoree for this year’s Deliver the Dream’s 15th Annual Denim & Diamonds Gala at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Deliver the Dream’s largest fundraiser annually pays tribute to stellar leaders in the South Florida community who make a difference by supporting and volunteering at retreats for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis. In addition to its yearly support, Bluegreen Vacations is also the underwriting sponsor of the nonprofit organization’s upcoming September Genetic Syndrome Family Retreat.

“We are pleased to recognize and honor Bluegreen Vacations’ commitment to helping families dealing with sickness and crisis,” said Paul Withrow, executive director of Deliver the Dream. “Through generous funding and volunteer support, Bluegreen Vacations has demonstrated its leadership role in social responsibility and has truly met its mission to ‘Share Happiness’ as evidenced by the hundreds of smiles, hugs and accolades of our retreat participants.”

The 15th Annual Denim & Diamonds Gala treated attendees to a fun, festive cocktail reception, upscale silent auction, fine dining and surprise entertainment. Last year, Deliver the Dream welcomed 400 guests decked-out in stylish shades and textures of indigo who mixed, mingled and bid on a variety of luxury auction items including resort getaways, spa stays, signed sports, music and movie memorabilia, jewelry, accessories and more. The evening raised more than $350,000 for regional families in need.

The Denim & Diamonds Gala has been named to BizBash’s list of Top 100 Events in Miami/South Florida. BizBash, the premier resource for event and meeting professionals in North America, yearly ranks influential events that continually challenge the norm, push limits to evolve and engage their audiences in an effective and meaningful way.

About Deliver the Dream

Deliver the Dream, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by Pat Moran, past chairman of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and one of South Florida’s top businesswomen, has provided healing retreats to almost 10,000 family members experiencing a serious illness or crisis such as cancer, epilepsy, autism, MS and the death of a loved one since 2002. Ten times a year, Deliver the Dream invites up to 15 families, all experiencing the same illness or crisis, to attend a weekend retreat free of charge. The retreats allow these families to regain strength, mend spirits and just be families and kids again. They also allow them to create life-long bonds with the other families on the retreat, providing them with a support system as they learn to cope with their illness or crisis. For more information about Deliver the Dream, please call (954) 564-3512 or 1-888-OUR DREAM (687-3732). Visit us online at and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @DelivertheDream. Click here to donate.