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The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL, USA

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STARability Foundation welcomes you back to the inspiring STAR Gala benefit - our largest fundraising event of the year - at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples! The 2022 STAR Gala: Light the Night presented by Accanito Capital Group will include an evening full of light, promise, joy and togetherness. The event will begin with a cocktail hour and our signature Diamond Drop under the stars, followed by a delicious dinner, Cirque du Soleil-style entertainment, an extensive silent and live auction led by auctioneer Rick Gallo and event emcee Stacey Deffenbaugh of NBC2 News. 

Because of the overwhelming interest in this inspiring and exciting event, we are sold out! The STAR Gala will be streamed live for anyone who cannot attend in person and would like to participate. Live stream begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. We look forward to seeing you!



The STAR Gala is critical to our mission of transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities through social, vocational and educational connections to the community. Proceeds from the STAR Gala ensure STARability can preserve and expand its innovative programs and services that shine light on ability, not disability. Your support will help more than 290 participants and their families. 



We invite you to help us light the night with hope for a bright future for all of our STARs!

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Help STAR participants by contributing to our fundraising efforts.

No gift is too small to transform a life.

Meet Our Co-chairs

STARability Foundation is excited to announce Jennifer Marchionda and Holly Shapiro will be leading the 2022 STAR Gala as event co-chairs!

Shapiro and her husband, Marc, have two children. Their son, Nathan, 14, was diagnosed with autism and other rare medical issues at age 2. Nathan recently joined the Junior Trailblazer Academy, STARability's afterschool program. And Marchionda marvels at how her 15-year-old daughter Larissa, who is on the autism spectrum, also has engaged in the program.Each year, the STAR Gala gets better and better because of the leadership and passion of our co-chairs and committee," said Karen Govern, STARability's CEO. "We know that the 2022 STAR Gala will be a resounding success with Holly and Jennifer at the helm. They both have personal connections to our mission and truly understand the importance of having transformative and engaging programs for individuals with disabilities."

Shapiro is the owner of Aries Title with husband and attorney Marc L. Shapiro, and Marchionda runs her own business, Jennifer Marchionda Design.

How to Stream the Live Event

For the best viewing experience, we strongly recommend that you live stream the 2022 STAR Gala: Light the Night presented by Accanito Capital Group through a separate device (preferably a Smart TV) rather than the device that you'll be using to donate (preferably a mobile device).

For all options below, use to view the virtual event. Have the link open and click the button to begin watching the video on your Smart TV, laptop, tablet or mobile device BEFORE beginning the steps below.

The preferred way to stream the virtual event is from your laptop to your Smart TV using an HDMI cable. This also keeps your smaller, portable device available for you to use to participate through the donation and auction platform, GiveSmart. We encourage you to set up and test your equipment PRIOR TO the live-streamed event, which will start promptly at 7 p.m. Feb. 12.

For questions in advance, please email Rachael Johnston at or call our support line at 239.594.9007 night of.