Event helps child service agency renovate cottages


Daniel, Florida’s oldest child service agency, hosted its annual 1884 Giving Society event on May 20 in an outdoor, on-campus setting. Attendees enjoyed each other’s company under the pavilion and had the opportunity to tour the newly renovated residential treatment cottage, which was dedicated as the Haynes Cottage during a brief ceremony.

The cottage is named in memory of Hank Haynes, long-time Daniel board trustee. Haynes’ daughter, Zoie Morales, and her husband Michael were the primary benefactors for the cottage’s extensive renovations.

Daniel is already planning for its next 1884 Giving Society event this spring, at which they plan to unveil renovations on the Creekside/Cedarwood Cottage. The agency just recently wrapped up fundraising for that project with the $1.4 million it needed for remodeling.

The cottages house children and teens who have been abused, neglected or emotionally troubled while they receive intensive therapy to help them overcome their trauma and learn essential coping skills.

“These cottages are just the beginning of what we expect to be a transformation of our 1960s-era campus,” said Daniel Chief Development Officer Madison Shelly. “We are so grateful to our donors and hope they’ll continue to support us on our ongoing journey to create the most welcoming and conducive healing environment for local kids in crisis.”

For more information on joining the 1884 Giving Society contact Shelly at mshelly@danielkids.org.

A good time to donate is while the Jessie Ball duPont Fund is offering a match, doubling online contributions made now through Dec. 31.

For further information, go to danielkids.org/donate/give-now.