Several actors, pageant queens and local philanthropic supporters gathered for the event on July 9 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club.
There were many special guests at Samantha’s Friends: Black Diamonds, both four-legged and two-legged.
The annual fundraiser for Samantha's Friends — a nonprofit organization that provides service canines to people challenged by disabilities such as autism, stroke and combat injuries— was held on July 9 at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. The brunch is always attended by several soap opera stars, and this year the guest list included Days of our Lives stars Martha Madison, Eric Martsolf, Jordi Vilasuso and Christopher Sean.
Martsolf was recognized for taking part in his fifth Samantha's Friends fundraiser, despite missing one flight and getting his second flight canceled the first time he came out for the event.
"Who knew that my worst flying experience would turn into one of my favorite charitable experiences?" Martsolf said.
Festivities included a canine parade, live and silent auction and fashion show featuring styles from Panache’, Jackie Z Style Co. and Ansley Z Kids Co.
Entertainment was provided by Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap and Danielle White, one of five winners of “American Idol” spinoff “American Juniors.”