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Best Foot Forward Foundation Circle of Friends Celebration and Auction

Oh what a night as Trisha  and I joined over 330 friends of The Best Foot Forward Foundation at Boca West Country Club to celebrate the work and accomplishments that this great organization has achieved in its’ first five years.The chairs of this event Cheryl Cherney and Kathy Bouvier Feinerman, worked for months to make this the best BFF event yet. Donna Chirico Biase, Debbie Ellman, and the BFF Team are passionate caring and committed to the educational success of children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and have entered the dependency system. Children in foster care face many challenges stemming from the chaotic and challenging circumstances of their families and lack of early childhood education. Most have lived in poverty and have suffered abuse and neglect, and there is often little stability in their lives. This lack of stability is most evident in education. Children typically enter foster care academically behind their peers and the deficits are further compounded by the trauma they encounter through changing homes and changing schools. BFF was formed to meet the educational needs of foster care youth, preventing the dismal outcomes that are typically seen. The program has proven successful in helping foster youth overcome tough odds by empowering them to reach their full potential. It is the vision of BFF’s co-founders, Debbie & Ed Ellman and Donna Donna Chirico Biase, to see foster children afforded the same educational opportunities as all other children. , Once again auction highlights included a paella party by everybody’s favorite celebrity Chef Juan Montalvo” , an original pet portraits by the amazing Robin White, and a dinner cruise for 12! Great to See Jan Savarick, Deputy Mayor Robert S Weinroth, Pamela Weinroth, Warren and Orrine Orlando, Shaheer Hosh and Gloria, and so many friends come out to support this world changing work!

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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