Be­cause ev­ery child needs a hero: JAFCO hon­ors lo­cal he­roes at16th an­nual gala

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JAFCOwill host it­s16th an­nual gala ded­i­cated to rais­ing funds for abused, ne­glected and chil­dren with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties in South Florida. The hero-themed af­fair be­gins Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at The Polo Club of Boca Ra­ton.

This year’s event, chaired by Carol and StephenWinig along with­Nanci and Stephen Beyer, is black-tie fea­tur­ing a car­ni­val and cock­tail re­cep­tion, fine din­ing, silent auc­tion, 8-piece band, danc­ing and a heart­warm­ing pre­sen­ta­tion about JAFCO’s work.

Dur­ing the gala, JAFCOwill present the Ja­cob’s Lad­der Award for ChildAd­vo­cacy to: Martha and Melv­inAron­son, Tami and Perry Isen­berg, and Nancy and Al­fred Katzin. The Lifetime Achieve­men­tAward will be pre­sented to Claire and Ger­ald Manowitz.

The gen­eros­ity and com­mit­ment of the hon­orees have en­abled JAFCOto pro­vide care and ser­vices to chil­dren cur­rently un­der JAFCO’s aus­pices and have aided more than 4,000 chil­dren since the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s in­cep­tion in1992.

All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit JAFCO, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion li­censed by the state of Florida’s Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices to serve abused, ne­glected, home­less, at-risk and de­vel­op­men­tally dis­abled chil­dren in Mi­ami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach coun­ties.

Events like the gala help JAFCOserve its mis­sion to pro­vide safety, love and se­cu­rity to abused chil­dren through its many pro­grams in­clud­ing: fam­ily preser­va­tion, foster care, adop­tion, men­tor­ing, group homes, emer­gency care and cri­sis cen­ters.

Tick­ets are $300. The car­ni­val and cock­tail re­cep­tion be­gins at 7 p.m. Din­ner, danc­ing and hon­oree awards be­gins at 9 p.m.

Spon­sors in­clude: Sandi Mor­ris the Grand Bene­fac­tor; Keith Singer fromSingerWealth Man­age­ment, the Pre­sent­ing Cor­po­rate Spon­sor; and Gold Medal Spon­sors Martha and MelAron­son, Den­nis Ratner, Julie White of HairCut­tery, Ethel and Dave Som­mer, and He­lene and StephenWe­i­cholz.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Janet Ep­stein at 954-315-8696 or janet@jafco.org, or visit www.jafco.org.

Caryn Marsh, left, KimWe­i­cholz and Suzanne Pol­lack

Stephen Winig, left, Carol Winig, Nanci Beyer and Stephen Beyer

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