Best Foot Forward 10 years helping foster kids thrive

Raising money virtually for foster kids’ education: Virtual fundraising was a 10 thanks to generosity at Best Foot Forward’s 10th anniversary bash to raise money for foster kids’ educations.

Live and silent auctions were a hit, with Saks Fifth Avenue Boca’s shoes spectacular raising $9,500 alone. Golf with sports icon Alonzo Mourning and an overnight fishing trip on a yacht brought in more. Dinner by Boca Grove executive chef Dominick Laudia was so popular, he agreed to do two. A Cristino Fine Jewelry grab bag sold out.  A Call to the Heart surpassed a goal hat approaching $200,000 at the event’s vrtual finale Saturday night.

“We raised a record $519,000 because of your generous support!,” co-founder Donna Biase said in an announcement Monday March 15. “This will allow us to continue to further our mission to empower foster care youth by providing essential support and academic guidance. Thank you for coming together as a community to make a difference for the children and young adults in our program.”

Biase and Debbie Ellman started this non-profit to help forgotten foster care kids further their education. BFF has supported more than 700 kids so far, with a 100% high school graduation rate. Students spoke emotionally about how BFF completely changed their life.

School board chairman and Boca rep Frank Barbieri Jr., on board from day one, was among BFF anniversary well-wishers. FAU president Dr. John Kelly, a BFF honoree, and supporters and sponsors from board president Paul Kilgallon to Wanda Moran and GL Homes president Misha Ezratti were among them. Event chairs were Lisa and Todd Orlando. Laura and Shaw McCutcheon were presenting sponsors.




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