Published On: Wed, Aug 3rd, 2022

Boca Children’s Charity Announces New Board Chair, Volunteer Pick and Chamber Festival Days Fundraiser

A Boca Raton-based children’s charity is announcing retired reporter Marci Shatzman as their nominee for the 2022 Junior League.

In related news, Debralyn Belletieri, the Junior League’s 2021 overall Woman Volunteer of the Year, is the new board of director’s chair for The American Association of Caregiving Youth, known as AACY.

AACY identifies and supports middle and high school students who take full-time care of family members at home. AACY provides direct services to more than 500 students in 35 schools in Palm Beach County.

The Junior League of Boca Raton’s 35th Annual “Woman Volunteer of the Year” award luncheon Friday, Nov. 4 at Boca West Country Club recognizes women volunteers for their outstanding dedication and contributions to their non-profit organizations. “Marci has been sharing her skills and advice to help spread the word about what AACY does to promote more awareness and increase our donations since we don’t get government funding,” says Dr. Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD, Founder and President of AACY. “She attended our recent successful conference and advises our marketing guru on follow-up and sourcing.”

Belletieri has been an active AACY volunteer and on the Board of Directors for nine years. In her new role, she’ll be working ‘behind-the-scenes’ on AACY’s annual Hearts & “Soles”. A popular fundraising gala, Hearts & “Soles” is back this year with a Western twist. Hearts & “Soles” is coming back this October 14th at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, FL. Tickets are $200 each and will benefit programs and services for Caregiving Youth. This event will be chaired by Jeff and Gay Gordon, both longtime supporters of at-risk youth. Joining them as honorary chair will be Robin Bernstein, former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and former Caregiving Youth. Hearts & “Soles” will feature a very special guest Emcee, Frank McKinney, a 7x bestselling author, real estate artist, and philanthro-capitalist. You can learn more about this event and purchase tickets by visiting

Former longtime Board Chair Rosie Inguanzo-Martin will remain on AACY’s board of directors. Martin is the Founder, President, and CEO of Allegiance Home Health & Rehab. Allegiance is sponsoring this year’s 20 Boca Chamber Festival Days in August.

AACY’s Festival Days event, Celebrity Game Night, is Aug. 29 at 6pm at Crazy Uncle Mike’s, 6450 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton, $25 per person Buy a ticket to watch teams vie to win a wild trivia contest! This fun-filled game night will be hosted by PBC Mayor Robert Weinroth and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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