JACKSONVILLE – Music artists Colleen Orrender and Will Harden are part of the lineup for “A Night at Roy’s,” the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc.’s (MBF) annual signature fundraising event, which will also feature special guest and Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller. Award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi will be on hand preparing Hawaiian-influenced dishes such as Ahi Tuna Poke Tacos for guests.
Miller, a Jacksonville resident and mother, is a passionate supporter of MBF’s prevention education programs and the need to deliver such resources to students in school as well as young athletes. She is committed to serving as an ambassador for the organization, using her voice to help raise awareness around the state and nation.
Tickets are now on sale for “A Night at Roy’s,” which will take place on Wednesday, May 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Roy’s Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach. Guests can sip on tropical cocktails, drink fabulous wines and savor the delicious cuisine prepared by world-renowned chef, Roy Yamaguchi. Menu items include Szechuan Spiced Baby Back Ribs, Lobster Potstickers and Misoyaki Butterfish Lettuce Wraps.
There will also be a live and silent auction and live music performances by Nashville artist Colleen Orrender and local artist Will Harden, 15, who helped craft and record MBF’s Safety Matters music video.
“A Night at Roy’s will be even more special than usual this year because we have so many exciting things in development at the Monique Burr Foundation for Children,” said Lynn Layton, Executive Director of MBF. “With all of the headlines about child abuse among young athletes and bullying in schools, it is clear that our work is more important and timely than ever. And the support of this community and our many champions makes our work possible.”
Guests this year will get an overview of MBF’s #ChangetheConversation initiative, which encourages community influencers, educators, parents and children to change how we talk about and prevent abuse in its many forms.
“We want every guest to walk away from A Night at Roy’s feeling fired up and committed to what we can do to keep all children safe from abuse and bullying,” said Ed Burr, founder of MBF. “By changing the conversation, we can change the outcomes for the better and help so many children.”
Advance ticket purchase is recommended for A Night at Roy’s, one of Northeast Florida’s premier charity events. To purchase tickets, $100 per person, visit www.ANightatRoys.com.
The Foundation’s MBF Child Safety Matters™ and MBF Teen Safety Matters™ programs are delivered year-round to schools across Florida, and select communities across the country, and are designed to educate and empower students and adults with information and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse and all types of child abuse and exploitation.
For more information, contact Tammy Long at tlong@MoniqueBurrFoundation.org or call the Monique Burr Foundation at (904) 642-0210.
About the Monique Burr Foundation for Children
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. (MBF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Edward E. Burr in honor of his late wife, Monique Burr, a devoted child advocate. MBF Prevention Education Programs, including MBF Child Safety Matters™ for elementary schools and MBF Teen Safety Matters™ for middle schools, are research-based, primary prevention programs that educate and empower students and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, digital dangers, and all types of child abuse and exploitation.
For more information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, call (904) 642-0210, visit www.mbfpreventioneducation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook @MBFChildSafety and Instagram @MBFChildSafety.