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Youth Haven’s Home-Hope-Healing Luncheon Scheduled for January 30

Tickets are still available for Youth Haven’s 3rd annual Home-Hope-Healing Luncheon that is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Erik Weihenmayer’s presentation, “Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness.” Weihenmayer is the first blind man to climb to the top of Mount Everest and the only to reach the top of all Seven Summits.

ErikA former middle school teacher and wrestling coach, Weihenmayer is one of the most exciting, celebrated, and well-known adventurers in the world. Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, Erik has become an accomplished mountain climber, paraglider, and skier who has never let blindness interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Redefining what it means to be blind, Weihenmayer has opened the eyes and minds of people around the world. In 2001, he became the only blind climber in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008, he completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits – the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. Since then, he has continued to inspire others through his actions and deeds and devoted himself to helping others reach their full potential. His powerful message speaks to harnessing the power of adversity and using it as fuel for greatness.

Tickets for Youth Haven’s 3rd annual Home-Hope-Healing Luncheon are $250 per person or $1500 per patron. Patrons receive two tickets to the luncheon and a private pre-luncheon VIP reception with Weihenmayer. All proceeds from the Home-Hope-Healing Luncheon will benefit the work of Youth Haven.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call Carol Shaw at 239.687.5157.

Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-16 that have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Youth Haven’s mission is to protect and empower children and strengthen families in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. Youth Haven provides emergency shelter; children and family counseling; and family support services to more than 2,400 children and family members every year. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information about Youth Haven, please visit

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