VERO BEACH – The Samaritan Center for Homeless Families will host its 18th Annual Dinner, “Home Is Where the Heart Is” on Monday, March 21 at the Holy Cross Parish Center from 6 to 10 p.m. The organization is proud and excited to have as this year’s honorees Mardy Fish, professional tennis star, and Jake Owen, country music sensation. Both will be honored for their dedication and generosity in making our community a better place. Jake Owen, a part-time Vero Beach resident, emerged as one of country music’s hottest talents with the release of his debut album, Startin’ with Me in 2006. He continued his ascent up the charts with his latest album, Easy Does It, along with a growing list of hits and five consecutive Top 15 singles.
Owen grew up in Indian River County and has continued to be involved in many worthwhile causes. The Jake Owen Foundation was established in 2010 to offer support locally and nationally to children stricken with cancer and other debilitating and life threatening diseases.
Mardy Fish was raised in Vero Beach and attended a year of high school here before transferring to Saddlebrook Academy in Tampa. His final two years of high school were at Boca Preparatory School while living with Andy Roddick’s family.
Fish turned professional in 2000 and has since achieved a career high world ranking of No.14 in 2009. He represented the U.S. in Davis Cup play in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2010 he won the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, as well as the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Despite the demand of virtually constant travel, he still finds time to support many charities in our area. His pride and joy is the Mardy Fish Foundation which supports youth organizations throughout Indian River County.
The evening will include a cocktail reception and dinner catered by Catering Classical, dancing, live auction and entertainment from Dreamer. Funds raised benefit the Samaritan Center, a program of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach and a United Way partner agency, that provides shelter and support for homeless families of Indian River County..
Tickets for the event are priced at $125 per person.
For reservations, sponsorships or additional information, call 772-770-3039.