Illuminating the Children for a Bright Future
December 2, 2016 Boca Raton FL: Surrounded by a magnificent bouquet of orchids and dazzling diamonds, over 435 generous supporters (nearly 100 more than last year) gathered at Boca West Country Club to celebrate the successes of the children and families whose lives have been transformed at Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.
For the second year in a row, Eda and Cliff Viner chaired this important event with support from Boca Raton’s Jan Savarick. Eda noted, “This year’s gala inspired all who attended. We are blessed to have the distinguished community leader, Jan Savarick, as Honorary Chair. Jan added, “Children ARE the future, and Florence Fuller fills an incredible need in our community. I am truly honored to have been selected as this year’s Wee Dream Ball Honorary Chair.”
Dr. Tina Westine, a former student of FFCDC, kicked off the Gift from the Heart with a powerful speech, thanking the participants for their belief and investment in today’s children who will be tomorrow’s adults, just like herself. Florence Fuller CEO Ellyn Okrent also delivered an important message by showing a moving video that encapsulated how important preschool is to building an education for children. She noted, “Your investment transforms the lives of thousands of children, leaving a legacy that will exist long into the future.”
The immense generosity of the attendees resulted in more than $735,000 raised to continue FFCDC’s programming. Community support was thriving throughout this event with contributions made during the Gift from the Heart as well as during the auctions. Thank you to all of our sponsors, including Neiman Marcus of Boca Raton as the Presenting Sponsor. Other sponsors include Kathy and Paul Adkins, Aetna, Peg Anderson, Kathy and Ronald Assaf, Marilyn and Stanley Barry, James H. and Marta T. Batmasian Family Foundation, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Broad and Cassel, Barbara and Robert Campbell, Cendyn SPACES, Custom Medical Services, Inc., Daszkal Bolton LLP, E. M. Lynn Foundation, the Feeney Family, Sonia and Bernard A. Finkelstein, Karen and Jay Foreman, Halperin Foundation, Leslie and David Kantor, Amy and Michael Kazma, Nidhi and Deep Kumar, Tracy and Rob Louv, The Meran Group at Wells Fargo Advisors, Donna Nero, Hiromi and Robert Printz, Jo Ann and Philip Procacci, Publix Super Markets Charities, Randall Stofft Architects, Carrie Rubin, Sandelman Foundation, Harvey and Phyllis Sandler Foundation, Jan Savarick and Robert Primeau, Schmidt Family Foundation, The Sam and Simone Spiegel Family Foundation, Kelly Thill and John Ferrarese, Peggy Van Dorp, and Eda and Cliff Viner as well as Specialty Sponsors ADT as Auction Sponsor, Boca West Country Club as Dessert Sponsor, Excell Auto Group as Valet Sponsor, Julia and Joseph Vassalluzzo as both Amethyst Sponsor and Entertainment Sponsor, Lifetime Fitness as Donor Reception Sponsor, Lawless, Edwards, & Warren-Wealth Management as our Spirits Sponsor, The Boca Raton Observer as the Exclusive Magazine Sponsor as well as Saks Fifth Avenue of Boca Raton and QuestingHound Technology Partners as Community Sponsors.
Thank you for helping our little gems shine!
2016 Wee Dream Ball Chairs,
Honorary Chair, and Presenting Sponsors
Robert Primeau with Honorary Chair Jan Savarick
and Chairs Eda and Cliff Viner
Presenting Sponsor Neiman Marcus of Boca Raton’s
Michael DeSio and Lauren Johnson
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Sponsoring the Wee Dream Ball
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