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News from 2016


4th Annual Haute Hoedown
October 3, 2016

West Palm Beach, FL

June 29, 2016

KidSanctuary Campus Receives $1 Million Dollar Anonymous Donation

KidSanctuary Campus is pleased to announce that they have received a $1,000,000 anonymous donation. The donation represents the lead gift and naming opportunity for the new 10,000 square foot enrichment center as a part of Phase II at KidSanctuary Campus.

KidSanctuary Campus is a not for profit organization committed to providing safe housing for children in foster care who have been removed from their homes due to  abuse, abandonment, and neglect.

Since 2009, KidSanctuary Campus has built three cottages, completing Phase I, on five acres of land that was donate by Palm Beach County; J.M. Rubin Cottage (2012), Dodero Family Cottage (2014), and Sam’s Cottage (2015).  In May, 2016, KidSanctuary Campus announced the acquisition of an adjoining five acres of land and they launched Phase II that includes a cottage for boys on the existing land, plus an enrichment center and expanded campus design on the new land.

“Words simply cannot express our gratitude for the million dollar lead gift from a most generous family to build the enrichment center”, expressed Connie Frankino, Founder and President.  “With this gift, KidSanctuary Campus can centralize and collaborate critical support services for the children in foster care at our campus.”

KidSanctuary Campus is preparing to break ground on the new boys cottage in late summer 2016. The Enrichment Center will break ground in 2017.  Onshore Construction and Development is the builder and over 20 interior designers have already joined the design team to adopt and decorate each room. Fundraising for the construction costs are the focus of the Phase II Capital Campaign.

“KidSanctuary Campus has not receive government funds for the construction of the homes or the enrichment center”, shared Marlo Massey, Executive Director. “The organization relies on financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations through special events, grants, and major gifts”.

For information on additional Phase II naming opportunities for the cottage or enrichment center, please contact Marlo Massey, Executive Director, at (561) 653-8274 or visit

Summer 2016

Premiere Plastic Surgeon Dr. Fredric Barr, will appear with fellow Honorary Trustee, Dr. Mehmet Oz, on the Dr. Oz Show. The episode will air on July 13, 2016.

West Palm Beach, FL

May 31, 2016



KidSanctuary Campus, Inc., a non- profit organization with a mission to help provide safe housing for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in foster care, recently acquired an additional 5 acre parcel that adjoins the existing 5.5 acres of land at their campus in West Palm Beach.

In 2009, Palm Beach County donated five acres of land to KidSanctuary Campus to design a neighborhood- style campus of safe housing for children in foster care who desperately needed a safe home and were not able to be placed in traditional foster care programs due to the extreme levels of abuse and neglect.  KidSanctuary Campus cleared the heavily wooded land, laid the infrastructure, built, and opened three cottages that to date have provided 24 hour care for over 300 children, complete with full time licensed house parents. The J.M. Rubin Cottage for Girls opened in 2012, the Dodero Family Cottage for Girls opened in 2014, and Sam’s Cottage for Boys opened in 2015. This completed Phase I of the campus.

“We thank the community for helping KidSanctuary Campus keep children in foster care safe with the opening of the three cottages in Phase I”, gratefully expressed Connie Frankino, President & Founder, “and we invite everyone to join us for the incredible opportunity to be part of a legacy as we complete the campus with Phase II.”

KidSanctuary Campus is launching Phase II that includes a fourth cottage to be designated for boys, a two- story, 10,000 square foot Enrichment Center, and an expansion of the campus design on the newly acquired land.

Marlo Massey, Executive Director, explains, “The Enrichment Center will become the nucleus of the campus, offering critical services and programs for the children in foster care to meet or exceed developmental and academic standards.”

Phase II will break ground in late summer 2016 and will again enlist the help of the design community and industry leaders, as well as community support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

We invite you to join us  in the Phase II Capital Campaign.  No gift is too small to help offer safe homes and brighter futures for children in foster care.

To learn more, click here: Boys CottageEnrichment Center

Please contact our office for more information. Thank you for your support.

West Palm Beach, FL

March 9, 2016


Beauty Bash celebrates the Ibis Golf & Country Club members


On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Connie M. Frankino hosted a Beauty Bash & Luncheon to thank the members of Ibis Golf & Country Club for their support of KidSanctuary Campus in the completion of Phase I that provides safe homes for children in foster care.


The celebration began with a welcome reception featuring a make-up bar by Giorgio Armani Beauty of Saks Fifth Avenue at The Gardens Mall, consultations with Dr. Fredric Barr of Palm Beach Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, and a trunk show by jewelry designer, Soraya Thornton, of La Costa Organic Jewelry. 

Following the welcome reception, over 200 guests enjoyed a spectacular luncheon and beauty presentations by Dr. Barr, who showcased the latest technology in skincare and cosmetic surgery, and Celebrity Face Designers, Tim Quinn and Rhona Samuels of Armani Beauty, who shared beauty secrets of Hollywood’s most adored actors for both red carpet glamour and everyday fresh looks.


Phase I of KidSanctuary Campus includes; the J. M Rubin Cottage for girls (2012), the Dodero Family Cottage for girls (2014), and Sam’s Cottage for boys (2015).  In April 2016, Phase II will break ground with an enrichment center followed by a cottage for boys.


The enrichment center will become the nucleus of the campus, “explained Marlo Massey, executive director at KidSanctuary Campus. “We are excited to move programs of therapy, tutoring, life skills, and case management from the homes into a centralized building; plus we are adding a variety of special enhancements and community collaborations”.


“Seven years ago I asked friends to help me build safe homes for abused and abandoned children”, said Connie Frankino, Trustee of the Samuel J. and Connie M. Frankino Foundation and President and Founder of KidSanctuary Campus.  “Not only did they say yes, but their support grew. I am grateful for the philanthropic efforts and friendships of the community and the impact that they have on helping children in foster care create brighter futures”.

West Palm Beach, FL

January 26, 2016


KidSanctuary Campus and Supporters Celebrate with Dr. Seuss at The Gardens Mall

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, The Gardens Mall welcomed friends and donors of KidSanctuary Campus for a whimsical celebration of philanthropy. As guests previewed the Ann Jackson Gallery The Art of Dr. Seuss exhibit in Grand Court. Aaron’s Catering, presented Dr. Seuss inspired cuisine and Perfect Vodka sponsored specialty cocktails.


Michele Jacobs, Corporate Director of Marketing and Operations at the Forbes Company welcomed guests and shared details about the treasured exhibit along with her heartfelt remarks for KidSanctuary Campus; “We are excited to partner with KidSanctuary Campus to offer a special evening for this incredible organization and their key supporters who are providing safe homes and brighter futures for children in foster care right here in our community”.


“KidSanctuary Campus is preparing to launch Phase II of construction at the campus,” Connie Frankino, President and Founder shared, “This includes the Enrichment Center that is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2016, followed by the fourth cottage that is designated for boys.  We are grateful for the dedication of every individual, foundation, and corporation, such as The Gardens Mall, because together we are changing lives!”


KidSanctuary Campus is a not for profit organization that provides safe homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children who have been removed from their families and placed in foster care.

West Palm Beach, FL

January 15, 2016


Fashion Meets Philanthropy for foster kids of KidSanctuary Campus

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, The Gardens Mall was the runway of luxury as 250 fashion forward men and women gathered for the KidSanctuary Campus 7th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show.


Guests were greeted inside of Saks Fifth Avenue by event Co-Chairs, Pam O’Neal and Angela Cooper Sweeting, and Honorary Chair and President & Founder of KidSanctuary Campus, Connie Frankino. Guests were presented with butler passed signature strawberry Bellini’s and pink champagne while enjoying musical delights by saxophonist, Marck Morgan.  The progressive event featured savory hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth, entertainment by harpist, Ether Underhay, and fabulous auction packages in SAKS Court. The excitement continued in Grand Court with a full runway fashion show, a sit down catered lunch by Sandy James Fine Food and Productions, DJ entertainment and exciting prizes sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer, Capital Grill, Johnny Was and world renowned jeweler, Nini Hale of Nini Jewels.

A highlight of the event is the annual presentation of the KidSanctuary Campus Angel Volunteer of the Year Award.  This year’s recipient of the distinguished award, Joe Fava, of Fava Design Group, was presented with a special gift from sponsor, David Yurman.


Additional mall retailer’s included; Bloomingdales, Jimmy Choo, J. McLaughlin, Illori, Saks Fifth Avenue; along with presenting sponsors, The Gardens Mall, Samuel J. and Connie M.  Frankino Foundation, Dr. Steven Gottlieb and Laurie Raber Gottlieb, Mr. and Ms. Rod Fink, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Mandes and Luxe Magazine.


“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the corporate partners and guests who supported this annually anticipated and sold out event”, stated, Marlo Massey, Executive Director.  “Together we are changing lives for children in foster care in our community!”


Proceeds will support Phase II of construction at KidSanctuary Campus that includes the enrichment center, scheduled to break ground in the Spring of 2016, followed by the fourth cottage that is designated for boys. KidSanctuary Campus is a not for profit organization that provides safe homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children who have been removed from their families and placed in foster care.

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