Credit: Kevin Spirtas, Patrika Darbo & Walt Willey

Bradenton, Florida – Once a year, several top soap actors gather for Samantha’s Friends charity Fundraiser gala brunch and show and this year the event raised $20K to help young people challenged by a catastrophic illness, gain their independence with the assistance of a service canine. This Fundraiser is to benefit Kids and Canines, which is a service dog training program.

The event featured top soap actors Walt Willey from All My Children, Martha Madison (ex-Belle), Brandon Beemer (ex-Shawn), Jay Johnson (Philip), Rachel Melvin (Chelsea), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Darin Brooks (Max) from Days of Our Lives, Kevin Spirtas and Patrika Darbo formally of Days of our Lives (ex- Dr. Craig Wesley and ex-Mrs. Nancy Wesley).
This event was held at the beautiful Lakewood Ranch Country Club, where Kevin Spirtas kicked off the luncheon by singing a couple songs which he introduced as “prayer-esc” tunes. The fundraisers also featured an auction, a fashion show, Irish dancers and a meet and greet session with the actors. Something definitely worth catching!

When I caught up with Kevin Spirtas and spoke with him about the event, he said, “I’m really glad to be here and be part of this event; this is an amazing event, and organization that helps a lot of people.”