Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012

Wee Dream Ball Raises a Record $480,000 for Scholarships

Passionate long-term donors and enthusiastic new friends recently gathered at Woodfield Country Club for the Wee Dream Ball, presented by Daniel & Maria Staton and Marc Bell & Jennifer Taule on behalf of ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.

The focus for the night was on a single, united goal – to ensure that the disadvantaged children at Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC) will continue to have access to quality early childhood education programs that prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. This year’s festivities celebrated the dreams and aspirations of the 625 children served by FFCDC

Wee Dream Ball co-chairs Carrie Rubin and Stacey Packer along with an impressive committee of dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly on the enchanted garden infused 2012 Wee Dream Ball. Breaking all records, a total of $482,000 was raised for the two Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in east and west Boca Raton.

The Wee Dream Ball is as energetic and unique as the children it helps.  Board members Jay Foreman and Neil Meany made repeat appearances as charismatic auctioneers for the live auction. Their high-spirited banter with the crowd encouraged some heated, but friendly, competition which resulted in raising $82,000. Jay and Neil also led the evening’s fund a need appeal called Giving from the Heart.  Honorary Chairs, Denise & Jordan Zimmerman, kicked off the appeal which raised more than $90,000 for scholarships to be distributed to children from low-income households.

Former FFCDC student and volunteer, Stacy Andrade, took the stage and shared a story of how FFCDC made a difference in her life and the lives of her family. Stacy’s accomplishments gave the attendees a glimpse of the positive impact their support will make for future students.

The FFCDC mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of young children from economically challenged families in our community.  Florence Fuller Child Development Centers provide quality childcare, early education, family support programs and the only Head Start preschool in Boca Raton.  We prepare children for a lifetime commitment to learning and social achievement, while empowering their families to build a brighter future.

Caption: The Wee Dream Ball Fairies

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