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1st indoor fundraiser for caregiving youth

It was hard not to hug at Game Night for caregiving youth. The annual casual fundraiser moved in person and indoors at Crazy Uncle Mike’s.

Eight teams vied in a Family Feud format to raise funds for Dr. Connie Siskowski’s American Association of Caregiving Youth. AACY serves 450 kids in 33 schools who take care of family members at home, plus their studies. The agency has been doing drive-thrus and other measures through the pandemic to keep the kids going. In her welcome, Siskowski thanked Pam Weinroth and Boca West Children’s Foundation for delivering 80 bikes for the holidays.

County Vice Mayor Bob Weinroth turned up in a red wig and colorful blazer. “I’m the game host,” a la Steve Harvey, he said to explain his outfit.

It was obvious the teams came prepared. AACY interim board chair Rosie-Inguanzo Martin, retiring Habit for Humanity CEO Randy Nobles and their respective spouses wore Florida Gator shirts.

The Win or Booze team had a sign and sported blue bunny ear headbands.

The Five Shades of Bacon team was the largest and wore red. Among them were Bill and Roxanna Trinka and John and Ashley Bacon and it was hard not to notice John is even taller than Bill at 7 feet.

The teams vied onstage two at a time and Five Shades came away the winner.

That was after a set by Sam Woolf, a new local singer-songwriter who came in fifth on the 14th season of “American Idol,” his visiting dad Scott said.

Philanthropist Arlene Herson and Florida Accounting & Advisers CEO Roxana Scaffidi were among the players. Among those helping Siskowski at the event was AACY board treasurer Debralyn Belletieri. https://www.aacy.org/

By Marci Shatzman

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