November 2020 Newsletter
We hope you will join us for our first ever virtual event! Students Kathleen and Jeff will be sharing their inspiring stories at our 2nd annual Sole Mates Luncheon.
Wednesday, November 18th
11:30 Preshow
12:00 Live Broadcast
You cannot imagine how they have persevered despite all the obstacles they have faced. Not only will you hear these personal and touching stories, but each pre-registered guest will receive a $25 gift card from Oceans 234, a chance to win door prizes, learn more about our program, and so MUCH MORE! Larry Rein, CEO and President of ChildNet, will be receiving our 2020 Anchor Award, and guests will enjoy a special performance by a BFF student. If you cannot attend our event, please consider registering to make a donation or purchase a raffle ticket; your support is very much appreciated!
We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this important event:
Audio/Visual Sponsor: Polen Capital
Preshow Sponsor: Steven E. Bernstein Family Foundation
Raffle Sponsor: Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton
Promotional Sponsor: Oceans 234
Captain Sponsors: Bill & Mary Donnell and First Republic Bank-Lisa & Todd Orlando
Anchor Sponsors: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Rooms by Renee and Bill & Gigi Tylander
Everything looks a little different this year, and we were determined to spread the Halloween spirit however we could. We wanted our students to have some Halloween fun, and our volunteers and coaches were there to save the day! Our kids were in for a real "treat" when they received a hand-delivered, specially made Halloween package to celebrate the spook-tacular season!

Our coaches added a touch of learning, as we always try to do, by bringing along a traveling bookstore with them so the kids could pick their own books to keep. When the candy is gone, the books will still be there! Thank you volunteers and coaches for all that you do, and Happy Halloween to all!
We recently celebrated one of the most special times in Best Foot Forward history, Jeff's graduation! You may remember Jeff from a few years ago, when his perseverance led him to pass the ACT on his last and final try. It was such an amazing milestone for not only Jeff, but for BFF. But that was not the only accomplishment Jeff had on his list.

When COVID cancelled his college graduation, we made sure to do it in our own BFF fashion, and even made it a surprise! The look on Jeff’s face when he came in and saw what we had in store for him was priceless! We would like to thank Herff Jones for providing the cap and gown, Gina Fontana for taking graduation portraits and Home Safe for hosting the COVID-safe celebration. Jeff achieved his goal, but not without having to overcome huge hurdles and barriers. We never lost faith in him and stood by him throughout it all. His hard work paid off, and we wanted to show how proud we were of him.

His story, which you will be able to hear when he speaks at the Sole Mates Luncheon on November 18th, is nothing short of inspiring! There were lots of smiles, cheers, and tears of happiness for Jeff, and we know this success is one of many more to come!
This holiday season, you can help our students experience what it feels like to give, something they have missed out on until BF Elf. It is by far one of our favorite programs!
Each student is able to choose a gift for anyone of their choice, within a $20 value. You can help by purchasing one or more of the requested gifts, which must be in the office by December 9th! The students will wrap the gifts themselves and will be able to experience the joy of giving. It brings more meaning to the holidays for everyone involved! Click the link and sign up to be a BF ELF!
It has been a difficult year, and we want to make this holiday season extra special for our students.
We need your help to make it happen!

From organizing Thanksgiving food boxes to wrapping gifts, there is so much to do to make the holidays special for our kids. Please click the link below for all the dates & details and to sign up!

11/20 Thanksgiving Food Packaging
12/11 Gift Wrapping
12/14 Gift Wrapping
12/15 Gift Wrapping & More
We will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary at our BASH event on March 13, 2021.
Please SAVE the DATE!