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The Boca Raton Symphonia iTANGO Dinner Dance and Auction

A fun and exciting evening, a great Tango performance and a fundraising auction all to benefit The Symphonia of Boca Raton.
The mission of The SYMPHONIA is to enrich the South Florida community through distinctive musical performances and innovative educational outreach programs. Inspiring and engaging both existing and new audiences, The SYMPHONIA, is committed to the highest standards of artistic excellence.

The SYMPHONIA, a world class chamber orchestra, is dedicated to keeping classical music flourishing in South Florida. Founded in July 2004 as the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, The SYMPHONIA is called a “gem of an orchestra” by music critics because of the high caliber of its musicians, guest artists and programming.

After the demise of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, local music lovers strived to fill the void. Marshall Turkin and Martin L. Coyne, both experienced in symphonic management, had a vision to create a new, financially-stable musical group that would perform in South Palm Beach County. An infrastructure was developed for the formation of a viable chamber-sized orchestra.

With the support of prominent Boca Raton philanthropists Edith and Martin Stein, funds were raised and the orchestra presented its inaugural Connoisseur Concert Series in 2005-2006. Jeffrey Kaye, former FPO Principal Trumpet and now The SYMPHONIA’s Artistic Director, was a founding Board Member and Orchestra Manager. Annabel Russell, now The SYMPHONIA’s Executive Director, joined the team to organize and run all internal operations.

Since its inception, The Connoisseur Concert Series has been performed to wide critical acclaim. With a repertoire blending classic with contemporary works, these concerts offer compositions from diverse composers, highlighting those that can best be brought to life by a chamber-size ensemble. Performances have expanded to audiences in Ft. Lauderdale and northern Palm Beach County.

Fulfilling its mission of “engaging and inspiring traditional and new audiences” The SYMPHONIA has presented a Young People’s Classical Concert Series and Family Concerts. In 2011-2012, The SYMPHONIA introduced “Meet the Orchestra” a program that allows children to interact with musicians at dress rehearsals and features an instrument “petting zoo.” The SYMPHONIA supports the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, offering its young musicians the opportunity to interact with professionals.

The SYMPHONIA musicians perform for the Festival of the Arts Boca. The group is Ensemble in Residence at Florida Atlantic University and enjoys an acclaimed partnership with the Master Chorale of South Florida. Recognizing that the arts are essential to the quality of life, The SYMPHONIA works with The City of Boca Raton to develop concepts for ongoing Community Concerts.

The Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in the State of Florida. Its registration number is CH18283 and it meets all requirements specified by the Florida Solicitation of Contributors Act. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained by calling toll free 1-800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

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Ian’s Friends Foundation

 Neil,

I want to thank you for your ongoing support of Ian’s Friends Foundation! It was such an honor to have you join us Saturday night. I am ecstatic to report that our event raised over $900,000 for pediatric brain tumor research! It is because of YOU that we are able to make a difference.  On behalf of all of the children battling brain tumors, thank you for your time! Your support is critical in sponsoring the research so desperately needed to find a cure for pediatric brain tumors.

We hope to work with you again in the future. With gratitude,

 

- Kathy OrtstadtExecutive Director Ian’s Friends Foundation

JFS

Just wanted to tell you how impressed Pamela and I were with your work at the JFS Annual Dinner.  You really were responsible for making the auctions a financial success … and at the same time, made it fun for the participants & onlookers. 

Any way … didn’t want to let the weekend pass w/o letting you know you really helped make the evening a success.  I estimated you took in almost $200,000 during the Live Auction … and I know there was a good deal of activity on the timed auction items, as well.  See you soon ! ~ bob

ROBERT S WEINROTH

 

- Peter ParkerManager

Place of Hope

Neil – you are a tremendous part of the team. You do a superb job and really bring a level of excitement and fun to the process and the evening! Thanks so much for being so very good at what you do! We also beleive that God brings each person into the fold to accomplish His plan. You are certainly in that fold!

Charles L. Bender III
Executive Director PLACE OF HOPE

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Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services

Thanks so much for last night.  What an amazing evening!!!  needless to say, it was a STELLAR CASH CALL!!!  We couldn’t have done it without you.
Thanks again!!! Love you guys!!!

Jill Waldman,

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Sevices

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American Cancer Society-Orlando

Thank you so much Neil! You were fantastic! Very nice to meet you and your wife. You are the best auctioneer we have ever had. I am very happy how everything turned out. It was a great event and I think it will just keep growing bigger. Thanks again!

- Brandi HolstenAuction Chair ACS Cattle Barons Ball Orlando

PARC

“Neil Saffer knows how to get a crowd involved!  He is articulate and educated on the products for auction.  He knows how to speak to the crowd without being demanding or over the top.  He was able to make our auction a success and bring critical fund-raising dollars to PARC.”

- Sue BuchholtzPresident & CEO of PARC in St. Petersburg, FL

Chabad of East Boca raton

Now I can believe that miracles can happen!
You were a very big part of this successful event. Your professionalism is apparent in your demeanor.
I think you could actually get water from the rock! I had no intention of buying anything, but as you know I did.
Neil, it is a pleasure to meet, and get to know you. You are a talented person.
Thank you so much, look forward to seeing you soon,

 

 

- Herb RaiffeChabad of East Boca Raton

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services

Thanks so much for last nite. What an amazing evening!!! needless to say, it was a STELLAR CASH CALL!!! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Thanks again!!! Love you guys!!!

 

 

- Jill Waldman,Norman and Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services

Unity School of Delray Beach

After each one of our annual auctions, we come back to  Unity School and rave about the ever fantastic auctioneer,  Neil Saffer. Year after year you bring fun and excitement to the night!  Your sense of humor and joy of raising money for our school ensures that each one of our auction events surpasses the last in both profitability and entertainment.  Not only do you amuse our donors but you cajole them into happily opening wide their wallets to support our mission. Please don’t ever give up your auction career because we would be hard pressed to replace your amazing gift for fund raising on the auction podium. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our school. “

- Diane Shawcross Unity SchoolDevelopment Director

Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach

Thank YOU Neil! It always is a treat to work with a professional who brings so many unique ideas to the table. Thank you for everything you contribute and do for us!! Until next year!

- Janelle HoffmanDevelopment Coordinator Catholic Charities Diocese of Palm Beach