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Boca West Foundation Auction at Boca West Country Club

This was our first year as auctioneers for The Boca West Foundation and their $100,000 Golf Challenge. It was an incredible afternoon as over 700 golfers and guests gathered at the clubhouse after a day of golfing to bid on a dozen great auction items and participate in the Fund a need that sent 86 kids in need to summer camp. What a great community and foundation that work hard all year to fund so many great youth oriented projects.

The Boca West Community Charitable Foundation was initiated in November of 2010. It came about as a desire by the thousands of members of the Boca West Country Club to give back in some way to the Boca Raton community. An independent Board was established, separate from the country club Board for accounting and legal reasons.
Their mission is to identify and fund projects to assist children and their families in need in the Boca Raton and South Palm Beach County areas.
Since its inception, the Foundation has funded more than $700,000 to specific programs of the 11 charities as shown below:
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boca Raton
· $80,000 to fund the holiday adopt a family project
· 280 kids were treated to a $50 shopping spree at Old Navy, a holiday toy from Santa, breakfast and lunch at McDonalds, a magic show
· And they each took home a food basket filled with turkeys, hams, fresh vegetables and all the fixings for a holiday meal
The Wayne Barton Learning Center (2011, 2012 and 2013)
· $55,000 in software and books were purchased so the 250 kids in their after school program had the ability to get reading help every afternoon.
· Boca West members were their tutors and helped them prepare to pass their FCATS and graduate.
· Each year the Boca West Foundation purchases back-to-school book bags and supplies for 8,000 students who otherwise could not afford them in the south Palm Beach area.
Boca Helping Hands
· $75,000 donated to keep the kitchen open on Boca West Fridays serving lunch to 165 kids and their families in need and packaging food bags for them to take home for the weekends. All the work is done by Boca West residents including cooking, serving, etc.
The Florence Fuller Child Development Centers
· $75,000 donated to fund the Boca West Nursing Center and Nurse Brenda on their west campus. 400 kids get basic health services where there was nothing available in the past.
Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options
· $60,000 to fund any child involved with the organization, guaranteeing they will have a bar mitzvah (6 so far) and a Passover Seder (150 each year) and to help fund their emergency shelter to stay open on weekends. JAFCO touched over 600 children last year with all their services.
The Caridad Center
$50,000 to initiate a pediatric dental care program to reach over 400 children who would otherwise have no dental care whatsoever.
Boca Raton Police Athletic League
· $36,000 to purchase a replacement van for the 12 year-old-one that collapsed. Van will transport the 86 children involved in the after school cheerleading and boxing program to their competitions with a thank you message on its side to the Foundation.
Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation
· $10,000 to help process DNA swabs so that they can be included in the international registry to help find matching donors for the kids suffering from leukemia. Matches will lead to stem cell bone marrow implantation programs, which are lifesavers. Over 2,300 children have been matched and saved though this program, 12 alone last month.
The Giving Tree through Temple Beth El
· $20,000 to start the Sweet Dreams project which will guarantee a new bed or bassinet for any child in need in our area. This group works with hundreds of children each year.
SOS Children’s Villages – Florida
· $12,000 for Christmas gift certificates to buy clothes at Old Navy for the 80 children in the Village.
· $6,600 for transportation and duffle bags for 30 children to attend two weeks of Summer Camp.
SCOPE (2012 and 2013)
· $45,000 to cover the cost of 90 underprivileged children from our area to attend

to learn more about The Boca West Foundation visit their website at http://www.bocawestfoundation.org/

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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