Feldman new Jewish Fed chair, Boca West grants to children’s charities

Feldman steps in at Jewish Federation: Philanthropist Larry Feldman moved from designate to full-fledged chairman of the board of directors and Jill Rose is the new Annual Campaign chair at Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s recent annual meeting. “Here comes the sun,” predicted Feldman, CEO of Subway South Florida about the future. “So much lies ahead of us.” He shared his vision: Help those in need. Find more opportunities to growth. Greet new residents. “The Jewish population is 134,200 with 69,00 households and getting younger,” he said citing “a dramatic increase in children, 57%. Every one of us is an ambassador.” Outgoing board chairman Arthur Goldberg from 2018 to now was lauded by senior staff and volunteers. He will continue to lend his expertise to Federation in this new role as facilities corporation president, the Fed said.

Boca West children’s charities grants: Local children’s charities have received $280,000 in grants from Boca West Children’s Foundation through its partnership initiative. The Partnership invites organizations and individuals to purchase a “share” for $500.  Each “share” represents a vote to select grant recipients.

The $50,000 grant recipients are:

  • A Place of Hope to provide meals for children living on their campuses for four months;
  • The Fuller Center/Caridad grant to support one an educational and health-related project;
  • Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options to provide all children living on campus with computers and enhanced network infrastructure for virtual school;
  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to provide 750 critical therapy sessions for children with long-term degenerative medical conditions that require continuing physical care;
  • Sweet Dream Makers to supply 200 children with beds who are sleeping on the floor, a sofa, or sharing a bed;

Grants of $5,000 were presented to:

  • Boca Helping Hands, to provide six weekend meals to children through Back-Pack Food Distribution Program;
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County to send underserved kids to one week of sleep-away camp;
  • Center for Family Services the S.A.F.E. Kids Program, to treat children from various forms of abuse and/or violence;
  • Education Foundation of Palm Beach County to provide backpacks and school supplies for students in neighborhoods with the lowest median incomes;
  • Junior League of Boca Raton to provide mothers with the greatest need with diapers for a year;
  • YMCA of the Palm Beaches to send children at risk to summer day camp including meals.                                                                                                                              FAU student wins with app: A Florida Atlantic University undergraduate who created an app for the marine industry won the $10,000 first prize in the 13th annual Business Plan Competition.

Aiden Natalie, 20, created Marine Connex to help boaters find available services near them. He built a prototype for the competition and plans to use the prize money to develop and test market the product, he said in an FAU announcment.

Natalie’s mentor and father, Bill, had been diagnosed with Stage 3 pancreatic cancer, but he was declared cancer-free in March. “Between that and this win, we couldn’t be ever more grateful for what the future is holding for Marine Connex,” Aiden Natalie said in the announcement.

The annual awards held by FAU’s College of Business and the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU present seed money for FAU student business ventures.


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