The second annual Kind Mariners Ball is set for March 12 at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club in Naples, Fla.
The dinner, which takes place from 5:30-11 p.m., is organized by the Freedom Waters Foundation and will feature a maritime theme, live and silent auctions, entertainment by the Robert Williamson Band and a keynote address by WINK news anchor Lois Thome.
The mission of the foundation, which is celebrating its 10th year of service, is to improve the lives of people with special needs and veterans by providing therapeutic marine-related experiences.
Programs are operating in Collier, Broward, Lee and Palm Beach counties in Florida and are growing into other areas of the country.
The programs include Weller Days yacht outings for children with cancer and their families and other special need groups, as well as sailing and fishing programs designed to specifically include people with disabilities, marine activities for veterans and their families and a variety of boating-themed special events.
The programs are made possible by the generosity of boaters and yacht owners, the marine industry and the communities that donate their vessels and volunteer their time.
Individual tickets for the ball are $300; tables of eight and 10 also may be prearranged.