Boca West Foundation
Boca West Country Club

History

Our Mission Statement: To identify and fund projects to assist at-risk children and their families in the Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County areas.

Arthur Adler,
Our 2015 Jay DiPietro Hero of Hope Award Recipient

Place of Hope at
The Leighan & David Rinker Campus

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The Boca West Community Charitable Foundation was initiated in November of 2010. It came about as a desire by the thousands of members of the Boca West Country Club to give back in some way to the Boca Raton and surrounding community. An independent Board was established, separate from the country club Board for accounting and legal reasons.

Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $3.2 million dollars for specific programs of the 24 granted charities as shown below:


  • Boca West Community Charity Foundation Grants Given To-Date
    • Boys and Girls Clubs of Boca Raton

      The Boys & Girls Club Adopt a Family/Home for the Holidays project is an annual event where 280 kids are treated to a $50 shopping spree at Old Navy.  After shopping the kids have themed breakfast, magic show, games, and a special appearance from Santa. Every child takes home a basket filled with turkeys, hams, fresh vegetables and all the fixings for a holiday meal. All of these events are joined with our volunteers…180 strong.  Additionally, the Foundation underwrites two summer programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs. Eighty children attend Camp WeWa allowing the kids to spend a week at sleep away camp in Apopka, Florida; they enjoy camp fires, hiking, fishing, canoeing and great fun. The Foundation also provides a duffle bag, transportation, sleeping bag, pillow and a pair of goggles for each child. Then in July, Boca West Country Club hosts the annual Foundation Summer Tennis Camp allowing twenty kids to spend a week on the courts with tennis professionals and take home new shoes, hats, socks, shirts, lunch and prizes are distributed each day.   In 2016 the Foundation granted monies to purchase a new transportation bus for the students of the Boca Raton Chapter.  This will provide transportation to the Club for children that have no other means of safe transport after school.

      Boca Raton Children's Museum

      Funding provided for "Imagine That!"; a comprehensive arts, science and culture experience that the museum offers through a series of programming and field trips for children ages 1-9.  Including instruction in the arts and sciences enhancing quality enrichment opportunities that are no longer available in schools or attainable for low-income children.

      The Wayne Barton Study Center

      The Boca West Foundation has granted monies to purchase a reading software program that helps the students enhance their reading skills. Boca West members tutor at the center helping students prepare for standardized tests and graduation.  Over 8,000 backpacks are purchased and filled with school supplies to be distributed at the Back-To-School-Bash in August. This event provides less fortunate students with everything they need to start a new school year including eye exams and physicals.   Boca West Country Club hosts the annual Foundation Summer Tennis Camp allowing the kids to spend a week on the courts with tennis professionals and take home new shoes, hats, socks, shirts, lunch and prizes are distributed each day.

      Boca Helping Hands

      Annual grant provided for “Boca West Friday” program keeping the kitchens of the food pantry open on Fridays serving lunch to over 165 children and their families in need. Boca West members volunteer to spend their day cooking, serving and packaging food bags for the children to take home for the weekend including six meals, two snacks and juice boxes.


      Eda & Cliff Community Scholars Foundation, Inc.

      The Boca West Foundation has granted monies to provide scholarships for college to enable graduates to successfully lead accomplished lives and contribute to their families and their communities.

      The Florence Fuller Child Development Centers 

      The Foundation awards an annual grant to fund the cost of a health specialist on the West Campus. The specialist educates the students and their families on health issues and administers basic health services.  Boca West Country Club hosts the annual Foundation Summer Tennis Camp allowing seventy-two students from the East and West Campuses to spend a week on the courts with tennis professionals and take home new shoes, hats, socks, shirts, lunch and prizes are distributed each day.  The Foundation partners with Budsies for the annual Florence Fuller Fun Day making the Pre-K student’s imaginary creature drawings and turns them into plush toys. Boca West members volunteer to help the kids expand their creativity through storytelling and drawing.

      The Caridad Center

      Annual grant provided for the Pediatric Dental Care Program. This program reaches over 400 children who would otherwise have no dental care whatsoever. Procedures include cleanings, x-rays, extractions and dental hygiene educational services.  The children of Caridad participate in the annual Foundation Summer Tennis Camp allowing the thirty-six kids to spend a week on the courts with tennis professionals and take home new shoes, hats, socks, shirts, lunch and prizes are distributed each day.

      Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options - JAFCO

      Grant monies provide the underwriting of the Weekend Emergency Shelter. The center provides emergency shelter for any child in crisis. In addition the Boca West Foundation sponsors Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Passover Seder for the 150 children that are under the care of JAFCO.

      JAFCO Children's Ability Center

      Funding provide to JAFCO's Respite Program; providing relief to parents raising children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Respite is offered to parents on the weekend and on days off of school.  The children are provided with activities to meet their individual developmental needs and to reach appropriate social and daily living skills.

      Junior League of Boca Raton

      Monies granted to the Junior League Diaper Bank.  Established in 2011 to improve the health and wellness of infancy and toddlers by providing adequate supply of clean diapers.  The only Diaper Bank in Palm Beach County providing for low income families.. 

      Boca Raton Police Athletic League

      The Foundation purchased a van (four year commitment) that will transport the 86 children involved in the after school cheerleading and boxing program to their competitions. It replaced an older vehicle that was no longer deemed safe. It is decorated with a thank-you message on its side to the Foundation. Granted monies to the After School youth Preventative League.  Providing at risk youth with a healthy environment, mentoring program and helping them maintain a healthy grade point average in school.

      Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

      Granted monies go towards DNA Testing to find matches for the International Stem Cell Registry, to find donors for children suffering from Leukemia. Matches will lead to stem cell bone marrow implantation programs. The Foundation has sponsored 676 donors has made 7 matches and has had 2 successful transplants.

      Rotary Club of Boca Raton

      The Boca West Foundation has granted funds to the scholarship program providing children with the ability to achieve their dream of a college education.


      Sweet Dream Makers (Formerly The Giving Tree)

      The Foundation partners with Sweet Dream Makers and provides startup funds and an annual grant for “The Sweet Dreams Program”. This program provides new beds and cribs for children who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor or in unsafe and unsanitary environments.

      SOS Children's Villages - Florida

      The Boca West Foundation provided a grant for the Children Achieve program providing tutoring resources and life skill training classes to the 80 foster-care children who reside in the Village. Annual Old Navy Christmas Program gives gift certificates to the children to buy clothes at Old Navy for the holiday season. Each summer the Foundation sends 30 children to Camp WeWa allowing the kids to spend a week at sleep away camp in Apopka, Florida; they enjoy camp fires, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and great fun. The Foundation provides a duffle bag, sleeping bag, pillow and swim goggles to each child. 

      SCOPE

      The Foundation funds summer camp “Camperships” for the children at SOS Children’s Villages and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boca Raton. SCOPE provides children in need the edge to succeed in life through the summer camp experience providing them with social education, enhanced self-esteem and confidence.

      Youth Activity Center

      Grant monies and event winnings were used to purchase a new transportation van to pick up an additional 20 children for their afterschool programs. These programs promote academic achievement, fitness and life skills.  Additional monies were granted to begin a Computer Mentoring Program with elementary school students.

      Jewish Federation Children's Services

      Funding granted for Children Safety Net Services throughout the community, providing food, emergency assistance, counseling and support groups. Preschool and camp scholarships aid low-income working parents, while day camp recreational, social, educational and fitness programming as well as respite care aid youngsters with special needs and their families. Additional funding is granted for Camp KAVOD for children with very special needs.

      Unicorn Children's Foundation

      The Foundation granted funds to create a Music Appreciation program for adolescents with special needs. This allows students with neurodevelopmental disorders to become exposed to different styles of music and a variety of instruments.   Monies granted to establish the Boca West Foundation Scholarship Fund, allowing adolescents with special needs an opportunity to attend and benefit from specialized curriculum offered at Unicorn Village Academy.

      Florida Atlantic University – Elementary Summer Band Camp

      An annual grant is awarded for the Summer Elementary Band Camp at Florida Atlantic University. This camp hosts more than 100 at risk elementary students for a week of music experience with the graduate students of the music school. Campers take private lessons and music theory classes as well as have rehearsals and music appreciation classes. The week is finished with a concert hosted for their family and friends.

      Place of Hope – The Haven

      Monies granted by the Foundation for the renovation of the Life Skills Center, teaching at risk children who have aged out of the foster care system the skills needed to become a self-sustainable member of society

      KidSafe Foundation

      A grant was provided to cover the cost of training an additional professional to become an in-school facilitator of the KidSafe Program, teaching at-risk kids how to stay safe from sexual and physical abuse.

      American Association of Caregiving Youth

      Funds granted to underwrite the cost of Camp Treasure, an overnight camp allowing the children who have taken on the role of caregiving to escape the hardships of home, every camper is also provided with a new pair of swim goggles.

      Nat King Cole Generation Hope

      The Foundation awarded grant monies for Summer Strings, a summer band camp at Lynn University for at risk students in South Palm Beach County.