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The 2nd Annual Hope Bash Boca for Place of Hope at The Haven

Wow!! What a night as Trisha Saffer and I had the honor of being part of The 2nd Annual Hope Bash Boca to benefit The Place of Hope at The Haven was incredible. Boca West Country Club rolled out the red carpet as usual and The city came out to Honor Jay DiPietro and Sharon DiPietro and all that they do. Lisa Inman McDulin, Marie Occhigrossi, Denise Day and Jennifer Lentoski did an incredible job of putting together this world class event. Ed Tinari filled the tables. It all started off with a great cocktail hour and a Gregory’s Fine Jewelry grab bag that raised $5,000. Thank you Gregory, Barbara Kallen and of course Andy,! Then the Ballroom doors opened and the most beautiful heartfelt invocation ever by Pastor Scott Weber, Then we were treated to a Jaw dropping performance by speed painter Tim Decker. Then it was a great Dance exhibition put on by Jean Marc Halimi, Pam Kennedy Casanave and The Fred Astaire Dancers. That led to the compelling speeches and videos by Charles Bender, Jeff Atwater and Neil Meany The evening was absolutely perfect! A great live auction, a bid from the heart with a $100,000 match and great friends too many to name. Robert Lentoski you are my hero! Great to see Gary Hildebrand and Bonnie Appel Hildebrand, Yaacov Heller , Sue Rogoff Mochtak Heller, Bill Riddick, Melanie Condill, Lucien Campolo, Alecia Kerry, Debbie Levine, Gregory Fried, Mary Ann Morgan-Fried, Ken and Jeannie Davis, Amyleigh Atwater, Rachel A. Gaydosh, Gordon and Cheri Sirrine Martin, Mickey and Brenda Nocera, Trisha Trish Di Donna Bender, Frank Frione, Laura Frione, ( my banana bread connection)Mark Butters, Marci Butters, Lori Spillers Weber Jan Savarick (I didn’t get our picture) Robert Primeau, David Irving, Debra Widdup, c Erik Day and all our friends from Lamborghini of Palm BeachTherese Leon, Valerie Talbot Larson (thanks for the picture)
My friends Jay and Marilyn Simon Weinberg, Pat and Bonnie Wintz Boroian, Terry and Julie Cudmore, Claudia Tinari, Shannon Kessler Anderson , Warren and Orrine Orlando,Thank you to Chef Juan Montalvo, The Hungry Cuban for all you do for Place of Hope and The Community, your Paella parties change lives and build futures!! Ken Fengler and The Palm Beach Driving Club and so many more! Oh What a night!!

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Ian’s Friends Foundation


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


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



- 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


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


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


“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