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Rotary Club of Boca Raton 20th Annual OPAL Awards

It’s a wrap. The Rotary Club of Boca Raton,s 20th Annual OPAL Awards Gala & Fundraiser was the biggest, best, and most successful OPAL yet1 It would be impossible to name and thank everyone that helped to make this happen but the end result is we will be able to help more young people realize their potential and live their dreams. Thank you Peter Baronoff, Jan Savarick (The newest member of The Rotary Club of Boca Raton) and Spencer Bryant Siegel, you are among my closet friends and there is no one I could be more honored to share the stage with. Thank you Summer Schwartz Faerman, Frank Frione, Laura Frione, Bill, Jerry and Joan and Bernie and Billi…. You all exemplify what service is all about. Thank you Ron,Gary L Peters, Mark Butters, Arthur,Warren, for making it personal and special. Thank you Denis Estimon for delivering the BEST speech ever,Thank you Jim and Arlene Sclafani, Multi Image Group, Regina Oneil, Robert, JV,Kyle and Alex Sclafani for EVERYTHING you do for us! Thank you Boca West Country Club and The Boca West Children’s Foundation. Thank you Claudia DuBois (for everything) Diane Shawcross my sounding board, my consultant my visionary!Bill Riddick, Melanie Riddick (No way this could have happened without you, how did we not get one picture) Bob Buruchian Videos were Perfect, you were missed. Pat McCarthy(OMG) you are incredible , George O’Rourke Andrea Levine O’Rourke ( I can’t find our picture) Kristine Shea Klemetsmo, Silva Alexandrov…Rick Zimmer.Wow Ralph Behmoiras, Linda Lisitzky Behmoirasand The Boca Raton Observer magazine Thank you Amy Massarella Mollica Mike Massarella and Boca Color Graphics Thank you! Gary Hildebrand, Bonnie Appel Hildebrand, John Mollica Jr., Doug, Debbie Davis, Silva, (and everyone who helped make this happen) Thank you Dave Aronberg for always being there! Jonathon Raineau, Gregory Fried, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry, Joanne Roy Young and A Spring of Hope, Scott Scott H. Grody and Scott Grody Travel, Congressman Ted Deutch, Wendi Snyder Lipsich, Gary Rack and all The auction donors! Monica Houtz Mayotte Thank you for all you do for so many great causes! and biggest thank you to my partner Trisha Saffer for always being at my side! THANK YOU TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU That led to this success.

Upcoming Events

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta, August 27th 2018

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta is set to celebrate 26 stylish years on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. Considered the official kick-off to fall social season, the annual philanthropic fête founded by acclaimed retailer and arbiter of style, Jeffrey Kalinsky, will return to Phipps Plaza for an unforgettable evening that kicks off with a cocktail reception and dynamic silent auction followed by a high-energy live auction. [...]

CCA at The Seagate Club Delray, Sept 27th 2018

The Coastal Conservation Association South Palm Beach chapter will host their 7th annual banquet and auction at the Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach, Fl.  Exciting Auction and raffle items include: local and exotic trips, artwork and sculptures, jewelry, Yamaha engines, Pathfinder, Contender and Hells Bay boats, top of the line fishing tackle and more!  [...]

Saint Stephens School Bradenton, October 6th 2018

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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