On Monday, October 30th, the Signature Grand was transformed into Blackbeard’s Ball to host the 16th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul. Benefitting 2-1-1 Broward, the event was hosted by former Miami Dolphins wide receiver O.J. McDuffie and Kavita Channe from VIP TV.

More than 600 attendees, including Miami Dolphins alumni, local celebrities and notables gathered for a night of music, dancing, cocktails and costumes to raise a grand total of over $63,000 for 2-1-1 Broward. Broward County’s 2-1-1 hotline connects residents with trained crisis specialists who assess the caller’s situation and provide the link to available community resources. NFL alumni were also in attendance including Kerry Glenn, Mark Higgs, Orande Gadsden, Ki-Jana Carter, Frank Boudreaux, Brian “Bo” O’Neil, Larry Chester, Lamonte Coleman, Darrell Fullington, and Jamar Newsome.

“Once again it was an honor to have been chosen as the recipient for this year’s Signature Grand Ghoul,” said Sheila Smith, President & CEO of 2-1-1 Broward. “We are grateful for our sponsors and everyone who attended and helped raise these necessary funds to support our 24-hour, comprehensive hotline.”

The Signature Grand was transformed into a 100,000-square-foot haunted mansion by Special Event Decorators. Attendees outfitted in over-the-top costumes enjoyed a memorable night featuring an open bar, a gourmet buffet with various food stations, an exclusive VIP area, music by Complete Weddings & Events and a variety of entertainment.

Throughout the night, judges selected costume contest finalists based on costume creativity, fear factor and originality, with prizes going to first, second and third place winners. The silent auction, which featured more than 100 marvelous items, experiences and prize packages also contributed to the grand total raised for 2-1-1 Broward.

“It’s truly amazing how much community support we received this year for our Signature Grand Ghoul,” said Arlene Pecora, owner of Signature Grand. “2-1-1 Broward is a wonderful organization that impacts lives in our community for the better, and are honored to be this year’s event sponsor.”

Event sponsors included Signature Grand, Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Greenspoon Marder Law, Kip Hunter Marketing, Memorial Healthcare System, One of a Kind Designs, Signature Grand, Southern Audio Visual, PSAV, Complete Wedding and Event, Brown & Brown Insurance, Botaniko Weston, BreakThru Beverage Group, Sysco South Florida, Stonegate Bank, Holman Enterprises, LaCroix, Publix Super Market Charities, Miami Dolphins Foundation, MBAF, and Chase Roofing.

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About Signature Grand

Since 1996, Signature Grand has been a South Florida landmark, known to host elegant weddings and grand social occasions. Conveniently located in Central Broward, on the I-595 Express, Signature Grand is best situated to receive guests from the Tri-County area. Our magnificent renaissance-style mansion is the ideal venue to host groups as intimate as 10 guests, and lavish events of up to 2,400 guests. Our event producers specialize in exquisite catering, amazing décor and event services. For more information, visit www.thesignaturegrand.com or call 954.424.4000.

About 2-1-1 Broward 

The mission of 2-1-1 Broward is to provide 24 hour comprehensive helpline and support services to individuals and families in our community seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and connections to health and human services in Broward County. Every call to 2-1-1 is answered by a trained, degreed counselor who listens to the caller’s concerns, identifies their needs and connects them with agencies and programs that can help them. 2-1-1 Broward relies on the generous support of government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals to provide this vital community service.  For more information regarding 2-1-1 and how you can help, please contact Tracy Schuldiner, Director of Events & Corporate Relations, at 954-390-0493 or visit www.211-broward.org.