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Chiera Family Foundation 21st Annual Dinner and Auction

What started out as a tribute to their father who passed away from cancer has now turned into one of the largest fundraising efforts to help kids with cancer attend summer camp and college. Saffer  & Company Benefit Auctions has had the honor of being the auctioneers for this great event for 21 years .
NICK’s CAMP which stands for Nothing’s Impossible for Cancer Kids will debut in the summer of 2014 at Camp Boggy Creek, in Eustis, Florida . The Chiera Family Foundations along with Saffer & Company Benefit Auctions has been helping kids that are battling cancer attend summer camp for the past twenty years. Together we have raised $2.8 million dollars and have helped send thousands of kids with cancer to camp and even college.
After contacting Camp Boggy Creek’s CEO June Clark, The Chiera Family made an initial commitment to help fund the one week of camp for Kids from South Florida. Our recent dinner/ auction and golf tournament helped raise over $150, 000 towards that goal.
In addition to helping support cancer week at Camp Boggy Creek, the Chiera family foundation has also sent over 24 young adults who have beaten cancer to college. Through specific donations from some of their sponsors including the Cobb, Leeds, Rubin, Haupt and Herman families, young adults from South Florida have also received a college education.
I am so thrilled to see the camp continuing, said Megan Hamerdinger a former camper, counselor and college graduate. “The Chiera Family Foundation first sent me to camp and now has helped pay for both my undergraduate and graduate education at FAU. Their generosity has allowed me to pursue my goal of working as a social worker” Because of their support and generosity, I am actually helping children deal with the same cancer that I once had” said Megan.
With the camp costing over $2,500 for each child that attends, the Chiera Family Foundation and their sponsors are looking for other sponsors and volunteers to help them with N.I.C.K.’s CAMP.
About the Boggy Creek Camp
Founded by Paul Newman and General Norman Schwartzkopf, the Boggy Creek Camp in Eustis, FL is a state-of-the-art summer camp that helps children enjoy swimming, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts and other fun summer camp activities, but with round-the-clock medical care close at hand. For more information on how you can help send a child or teen to N.I.C.K.’s Camp or to college, please contact Lou Chiera at 954-480-8809954-480-8809

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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