Tak­ing steps for­ward: ‘Touch­ing Hearts, Build­ing Fu­tures… Chang­ing Lives!’ fifth an­nual cel­e­bra­tion

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Best Foot For­ward Foun­da­tion will cel­e­brate its fifth year with the “Touch­ing Hearts, Build­ing Fu­tures… Chang­ing Lives!” cock­tail re­cep­tion, set to take place April 25 at 7 p.m. at Boca Grove Coun­try Club.

The evening, spon­sored by the Lisa J. Leder Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, Sun Cap­i­tal Part­ners Foun­da­tion Inc., Gary Peters Fam­ily Foun­da­tion and Bloom­ing­dale’s, will cel­e­brate the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s growth and suc­cesses over the past five years while look­ing to­ward the fu­ture.

“As our ma­jor fundrais­ing event of the year, the evening prom­ises to be one filled with laugh­ter, tears and joy,” said Donna Bi­ase, co-founder of Best Foot For­ward. “This year’s theme is a re­flec­tion of our mis­sion and the im­pact we hope to have on ev­ery fos­ter child who walks through our doors.”

Guests will en­joy an evening of cock­tails and din­ner-by-the-bite, while par­tic­i­pat­ing in live and silent auc­tions hosted by pro­fes­sional auc­tion­eer Neil Saf­fer. Other high­lights in­clude comic im­pres­sion­ist Ken Block, suc­cess sto­ries from chil­dren who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram and per­for­mances by “The Voice” fi­nal­ist Michaela Paige and St. An­drews Cho­rus. Event co-chair­women Kathy Fein­er­man and Ch­eryl Cherney will be rec­og­nized as this year’s Vol­un­teers of the Year for their ded­i­ca­tion to rais­ing aware­ness about Best Foot For­ward.

“When we started Best Foot For­ward five years ago, we only had 11 chil­dren in our pro­gram, and this year we have more than 49 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in our pro­gram,” said Deb­bie Ell­man, co-founder of Best Foot For­ward. “I am proud to say that we have grad­u­ated 100 per­cent of our high school se­niors, while the na­tional rate of grad­u­a­tion for fos­ter care youth is 46 per­cent. We could not have done it with­out the help of the com­mu­nity and our loyal vol­un­teers.”

Best Foot For­ward’s pro­grams sup­port and guide fos­ter youth so they have a suc­cess­ful aca­demic ex­pe­ri­ence that leads to high school grad­u­a­tion and more. Stu­dents in the pro­gram re­ceive as­sis­tance with their aca­demics through men­tor­ing, tu­tor­ing, col­lege place­ment and mo­ti­va­tion. Par­tic­i­pants are re­ferred to Best Foot For­ward by case man­agers, school prin­ci­pals, judges, at­tor­neys, guid­ance coun­selors and oth­ers.

Other pro­grams of­fered by Best Foot For­ward in­clude Grant-a-Grad­u­a­tion, which funds the many ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with grad­u­at­ing such as cap and gown, year­book, prom and more; Birth­day Bucks, which will pro­vide a youth with a cake, a card, a present and a birth­day pic­ture in a frame; In­cen­tives to In­spire, which pro­vide weekly in­cen­tives to re­ward stu­dents for their ef­forts and com­mit­ment to their ed­u­ca­tion; and Stand By Me, which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional sup­port and ad­vo­cacy for a youth in fos­ter care for a full school year.

Tick­ets are $125 and reser­va­tions are re­quired. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-470-8300 or visit www.Best­Foot.org.

Ch­eryl Cherney, left, Kathy Fein­er­man and Anita Kreilein

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