Published On: Wed, Jun 5th, 2019

Boca West Children’s Foundation Reaches Out to Over 5,000 At-Risk Children Annually

By: Robert S Weinroth

Jennifer Bate Richy, BWCF executive director and Arthiur adler Foundation chair

Boca West Children’s Foundation has announced it has granted a record $1.13 million to Palm Beach County non-profits supporting children in 2019. According to its chair, Arthur Adler, the mandate of the Foundation is, “to identify and implement projects assisting at-risk children and their families for partner agencies in our community.” The organization’s signature events, the Annual Golf Challenge and Concert for the Children, were held in April. The Foundation will continue to reach more than 5,000 kids at-risk through this year’s granted projects.

Richard Zenker, Boca West Children’s Foundation board member Jennifer Bate Richy, Executive Director of Boca West Children’s Foundation Karen Swedenborg, Development Manager at Boca Helping Hands Greg Hazle, Executive Director of Boca Helping Hands

Adler went on to note that, “One in four children in Palm Beach County live in poverty. This record amount of funding will go a long way toward feeding educating, clothing, and keeping safe and healthy more than 5,500 children in need every day.”

Since its inception in 2010, Boca West Children’s Foundation has granted over $8 million to 25 local children’s non-profits.

“We believe every child has basic rights. Children should have food and a safe place to sleep; access to educational opportunities; basic dental and medical care; and to be able to just be normal kids,” said Jennifer Bate Richy, Executive Director of Boca West Children’s Foundation.

“Our goal is to level the playing field through efforts from cradle to college,” continued Bate Richy. “Each of our partner agencies is carefully vetted and does a spectacular job in their area.”

Lisa McDulin, director of advancement at Place of Hope Chuck Isroff, BWCF Board member Jennifer Bate Richy, BWCF executive director Charles Bender, CEO of Place of Hope

To acknowledge Boca West Children’s Foundation’s 10th anniversary in 2020, the Board of Directors has created “Mission 2030” to focus on its objectives and the challenges to come in the next 10 years. The organization has expanded its fundraising efforts to include a planned giving program for those who wish to make helping children their legacy.

“We have accomplished many goals in our first decade,” said Bate Richy, “but there continue to be families in need. Boca West Children’s Foundation will be here to help those children.”

The Boca West Children’s Foundation was original formed in 2010 by members of Boca West Country Club, at a time when Jay DiPietro served as the General Manager, as a not for profit 501(c)3 organization. The mission of the Foundation is to identify and implement project-based programming assisting at-risk children in Palm Beach County.

The 25 charity partners are a virtual whose who of South Palm Beach County non-profits including:
  • American Association of Caregiving Youth
  • Boca Helping Hands
  • Boca Raton Children’s Museum
  • Bound for College
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Caridad Center
  • FAU Band Camp
  • Florence Fuller Child Development Centers
  • Gift of Life
  • JAFCO and JAFCO Ability Center
  • Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
  • Junior League of Boca Raton
  • Kelly Strul Emerging Scholars Program at FAU
  • KidSafe Foundation
  • Nat King Cole Generation Hope
  • Place of Hope – Dr. Leighan and David Rinker Campus
  • Police Athletic League
  • Red Apple Supplies – Education Foundation of Palm Beach County
  • Rotary Club of Boca Raton
  • SOS Children’s Village
  • Sweet Dream Makers
  • Unicorn Academy
  • Viner Community Scholars and
  • Youth Activity Center.

For more information, please visit, call 561-488-6980 or email


About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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