ulf Coast Kid’s House Brunch and Bubbles returns on Oct. 23 at Portofino Island Resort. This signature GCKH event, which started in 2016 and brings in over 20 percent of the annual budget for GCKH core programs in Escambia County, is a unique, all-inclusive brunch and champagne event. Guests will gather poolside to enjoy live music by John Ripley and upscale brunch items prepared by local celebrity chefs, accompanied by endless brunch cocktails. Breathtaking live entertainment, exclusive giveaways and auctions will be an exciting experience for all.
The purpose behind the event is to celebrate the philanthropic heart of the people in our community who are joining the fight to end child abuse.
Guests at this year’s event can expect brunch offerings from Union Public House,
Grand Marlin, End of the Line Cafe, Hot Spot BBQ, A1 Fresco at Portofino, Ruby Slipper Cafe, Agapi, Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux and South Market. The Well Floridian Lounge is sponsoring a refreshing signature cocktail while Tito’s Vodka and the Ruby Slipper are sponsoring a tantalizing Bloody Mary bar. Guests will also be served premier champagne tableside.
Long-time supporters Barry and Laura Cole of Bere Jewelers are sponsoring Gem in a Stem, where one lucky guest will win a ForeverMark diamond. There is also an exciting live auction lineup featuring exclusive experiences, such as a Trip Around the World or a trip to see the world-famous Tin Pan South Music Festival in Nashville.
Presenting Sponsors for this year’s Brunch & Bubbles are Sandy Sansing Dealerships, Cox Communications, Portofino Island Resort and Premier Island Management.
All funds raised at this event support Gulf Coast Kid’s House, a children’s advocacy center serving Escambia County. GCKH combines all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases in one child-friendly facility. Child victims and their families also receive mental health counseling at GCKH.
GCKH has formed a more collaborative response to child abuse cases so case outcomes are improved and trauma is minimized for children and families impacted by child abuse. Last year, GCKH served over 3,000 Escambia County children involved in egregious child abuse cases. With over seventy percent of funding coming from private donors and organizations, GCKH relies heavily on the generosity of our community.