Published On: Tue, Jul 26th, 2022

Former U.S. Ambassador Named Honorary Chair of October Gala

Robin Bernstein

Boca Raton, FL – The Boca Raton-based nonprofit, the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), announced the return of its annual gala, Hearts & “Soles.” With a national reach, the AACY is dedicated to transforming the lives of middle and high school students who face the responsibilities of providing care for their elderly, chronically ill, injured, and/or disabled loved ones. In the absence of public dollars for this growing and hidden population of children, Hearts & “Soles” was born to raise funding and to help others understand what it is to walk in the shoes of a Caregiving Youth. This year, the gala has adopted an opulent Western theme. 

The AACY team believes that it takes a community to raise a child. In that spirit, Robin Bernstein of Palm Beach, who is a former Caregiving Youth as well as former US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic is the Honorary Chair.

This one-of-a-kind event will be Co-chaired by Jeff F. Gordon and his wife, Gay Gordon. Jeff is Vice Chair of the AACY Board and has been a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since 1993. He practices law with the Lesser, Lesser, Landy, & Smith firm. He and Gay have been foster parents since 2010 for 19 children and remain active in numerous community ventures. 

Joining us as a special guest emcee will be Frank McKinney, a 7x best-selling author, real estate artist, and philanthro-capitalist.

This dream team, along with others from AACY, would like to meet and have fun with at this year’s event on Friday, October 14th at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach. In addition to contributing to the primary purpose of raising needed funds to continue and expand the work of AACY, you can ride a mechanical bull, line-dance, enjoy a medley of Southern fare, listen to contemporary and country music, and even get locked up in jail! 

AACY invites you to don your finest Western attire and celebrate the night away, all to benefit Caregiving Youth. Sponsorships are available for those who wish to promote their services and support a great cause. You can learn more about this event and purchase your tickets at $200 by visiting

About the American Association of Caregiving Youth: 

What is now AACY, began in 1998 as Boca Raton Interfaith in Action with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide volunteer support services to homebound persons and caregiving families. Its successful Caregiving Youth Project began in 2006 at Boca Raton Community Middle School. After transitioning its volunteer services to another local nonprofit, effective January 1, 2010, the name officially changed to the American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) which continues as a Florida based 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. 

AACY is the only nonprofit in the nation solely dedicated to identifying and supporting the otherwise unserved and growing population of middle and high school students who, in addition to their schoolwork, provide caregiving assistance to family members. AACY also includes the Caregiving Youth Institute, affiliates, and national partnerships as its reach extends beyond South FL. Needed next is state and federal recognition of these children who are contributing healthcare to their family members of all ages and who have all types of health conditions. Learn more by visiting

About the Author

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>