- March 30, 2016
Dogs and humans alike gathered July 8 in the ballroom of the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club to celebrate Samantha's Friends.
The organization was founded in honor of Samantha Bozza, who suffered a brain aneurysm at 15 years old. Samantha's Friends helps those with disabilities gain independence and receive assistance from a service animal. Proceeds from the evening benefitted Southeastern Guide Dogs.
The morning started with Samantha's story, which prompted many tears from audience members. Followed by a song sung by Miss Florida 2007 Kylie Williams. Also in attendance were soap opera stars from "Days of our Lives" and "The Bold and Beautiful."