Angel Foundation Hosts Resident’s Landscaping Cleanup

Thank you to Love’s Tire & Service Center for assisting our Angel family who is battling a rare form of cancer and needed car repairs so she could complete her chemotherapy treatments. Without their help, she would not be able to keep her car running safely.

Angel Foundation FL and Westfield Mall partner to help families affected by Covid-19 Crisis

Westfield Mall Partners with Angel Foundation FL

Thank you to our Angels at Westfield Mall for donating $1500 worth of restaurant gift cards to support Bahama Breeze, PF Chang’s and Cheesecake Factory.

These gift cards have been distributed to families in our community and have lost their jobs or seen their income suffer because of  the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, we were able to serve 53 of our healthcare workers at Brandon Regional Hospital.

Brandon Rental donates meals from Livy O’s Catering to help families affected by Covid-19

Angel Foundation Celebrates ‘Love’ Of Angel Program

Originally Written By Tatiana Ortiz, Times Correspondent

Published: November 7, 2017

Updated: November 12, 2017 at 05:35 PM

Individuals stepped onto the red carpet and glanced at the Eiffel Tower while dressed in their most exquisite attire.

The Standing 8 Count Jazz Ensemble played a mellow tune fitting with the night’s “Parisian Experience” theme. The “City of Love” proved a good backdrop given how much love the Angel Foundation has shown recipients.

The foundation celebrated its 12th annual Evening of Hope on Nov. 3 with 400 in attendance at the Regent. The event serves as the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser and raised money and awareness about the foundation’s Angel Program.

Officials said the event raised $50,000, and the awareness also rose thanks to stories from those who received assistance through the Angel Program.

Alicia Sandage took the stage and fought back tears as she spoke about her friend who recently passed away from cancer. She also mentioned how the Angel Foundation Angel Program became a saving grace.

“I tried everything I could to help my friend, her two twin daughters and other daughter,” said Sandage, who chose to protect the family’s privacy. “The girls live with their aunt who receives assistance from the Angel Program.”

The Angel Program gave the twins tickets to Universal Studios Florida for their birthdays. They also presented the aunt a spa package. Most of all, Sandage said, the foundation gives them hope.

Foundation executive director Liz Brewer knows all too well about the emotions expressed by Sandage. Evening of Hope came into fruition after she lost her father due to lung cancer. He passed away within six months after his diagnosis. While Brewer’s father battled with his cancer, the lending hands of others steeled her resolve. Now she aims to strengthen the Angel Program for others.

“Honoring our 12th annual Evening of Hope demonstrates the power behind this program as it continues to grow strong in the community,” Brewer said.

The foundation established the Angel Program in 2006. It assists families in the Brandon community who experienced a catastrophic event or life-threatening illness. To date, 500 families received assistance through the program. It now consists of 18 Angel teams.

The effort also spawned the Junior Angel Program, which involves teen student representatives from Bloomingdale and Newsome High Schools. Junior Angel Chairwoman Jill Lansky says the program hopes to expand and include other students.

Daytime hosts Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli emceed the event. Guest speakers for the night included Brandon Regional chief of staff Dr. Daniel Lorch, Ashley HomeStore Hope to Dream Ambassador Ruthie Bautista, Spirit FM Morning Show host Abby Brundage and Blind Side actor Quinton Aaron.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in wine and food tastings from various local business sponsors such as Bonefish Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Southshore Uncorked.

“Overall, The Angel Foundation will continue connecting with resources that become available in order to assist our Angel families,” Brewer said.

more than $2,000,000 in grants, goods and services to more than 550 families in the Brandon area. Angels, the group’s name for businesses, organizations and individuals who want to help, are always needed to continue the group’s mission.