OH WHAT A NIGHT!!
The planets aligned and the stars were definitely shining on March 1st when the Boca West Children’s Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary to raise awareness and money to fund its projects with 24 Children’s Charities in our area.
A full house of 880 attendees honored Founder and Chairman, Arthur Adler, for his years of philanthropy. Jay Leno, the evening’s entertainment, delighted the audience and closed the evening to roaring laughter and great insights.
Most importantly, over $1,000,000 was raised to assist the children at risk in our area. The funds will support programs such as the Boca Helping Hands Back Pack Food Project in which 2200 children in our area receive 6 meals for the week end, the Pediatric Dental Clinic at the Caridad Center, a Wellness Clinic for 400 kids at Florence Fuller Child Development Center West, programs at the JAFCO Ability Center and our Anti-Human Trafficking Project at the Place of Hope. These programs and many others feed, clothe, educate and most of all keep over 5000 children, safe, each day.
It’s been a gratifying first decade, but we must look to the future to ensure these children have the best chance for a bright future.
Bikes were delivered and assembled at JAFCO Children’s Village and JAFCO’s Ability Center. JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused, neglected and at-risk children as well as those with developmental disabilities. Bikes were assembled by Walmart of Delray Beach at no charge for the children at SOS Children’s Villages Florida where a place of healing and hope are provided for children. Place of Hope, where their focus is on providing programs and services to end the cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness, and human trafficking, received bikes. Every child enrolled in the day care program at the YMCA of the Palm Beaches received a brand-new bike. The YMCA services one of the lowest economically challenged areas of our county. The YMCA of South Palm Beach County will be using the bikes to teach bike safety.
In addition, the children of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) received bikes. These are children who provide assistance to household members who need help because of physical or mental illness, disability, frailty associated with aging, substance misuse, or other condition. The Florence Fuller Child Development Centers will be giving each child graduating from Pre-K a brand-new bike as part of our My First Bike program. FFCDC is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children from economically challenged families.