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      Boca West Children’s Foundation from page 1                                                             The foundation is also sponsoring 160 “camperships” to
                                                                                                           allow children from the Boys & Girls Club and SOS Children
      disabled kids and Ball Stars Youth Camp, a basketball camp                                           Villages to go to sleep-away camp at Camp Winona and
      run by former NBA players.                                                                           Camp Wewa, each affiliated with YMCA. Each participant
         “Camps and after school programs funded by Boca West                                              will receive swim goggles, a sleeping bag and duffle bag.
      Children’s Foundation make a real difference in the lives                                            About Boca West Children’s Foundation
      of the kids that attend. The foundation does a great job of                                             Boca West  Children’s Foundation was launched in
      providing underserved kids with the opportunity to attend fun                                        November 2010. The foundation’s mission is to identify and
      learning activities during the summer, which helps us keep                                           fund projects to assist at-risk children and their families
      these kids out of gangs in Palm Beach County,” Sheriff Ric                                           in need in the area. Since its inception, the foundation has
      Bradshaw said.                                                                                       funded more than $5 million for specific programs of 25
         Safe Sun Foundation, a local nonprofit led by Fran                                                charities. The foundation came about as a desire by members
      Nachlas, donated hats and sun protection for the golf, tennis,   Darryl Edwards (left), Eldridge     of Boca West Country Club to give back to the Palm Beach
      and sleep-away camps. Yvonne and Don Ackerman provided   Garland (center), and Michael   Ariella Rivera and Coach   County community.
      sleeping bags to the children attending sleep-away camp.  Aramgo             Madison Clark              BWCF partner organizations include  American
         More than 200 children from the Wayne Barton Study                                                Association of Caregiving Youth, Boca Helping Hands,
      Center, Boys & Girls Club, Caridad Center and Florence   a weeklong golf camp at Boca West Country Club during   Boca Raton Children’s Museum, Boca Raton Police Athletic
      Fuller Child Development Centers (East and West campuses)   July. Children will receive golf instruction from Boca West   League, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boys & Girls Club,
      are attending tennis camp at Boca West Country Club’s tennis   Country Club’s golf pros, a T-shirt and a hat. Lunch will be   Caridad Center, Florida Atlantic University’s TOPS Summer
      center this summer. Each child will receive new tennis shoes,   provided by the club each day.       Band Camp, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers,
      an outfit and lunch each day.                        “Being able to provide the comfort of a warm, good   The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, Jewish Adoption
         Hook A Kid On Golf, America’s most comprehensive   night’s sleep to a child and a sense of emotional safety is   & Foster Care Options, JAFCO Children’s Ability Center,
      national youth golf program, will introduce 25 kids from the   my way of letting them know they are cared for and loved.   Jewish Federation of South PBC Children’s Services, Junior
      Wayne Barton Study Center and 25 kids from the Boys &   It is my way of sharing what I know was a blessed life and   League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank, KidSafe, Nat King Cole
      Girls Club to golf. Kids from both organizations will attend   paying it forward,” Yvonne Ackerman said.  Generation Hope, Place of Hope-Rinker Campus, Rotary
                                                           Boca West Children’s Foundation is also sponsoring   Club of Boca Raton, SOS Children’s Village, Summer Camp
                                                        two music camp programs for children at risk. Because of   Opportunities Promote Education, Sweet Dreams Makers,
                                                        this funding, the FAU’s Summer Band Camp will host 200   Unicorn Children’s Foundation, Viner Community Scholars,
                                                        economically disadvantaged students, and the Nat King Cole   Wayne Barton Study Center, and Youth Activity Center.
                                                        Generation Hope Summer Strings Program will be able to      For more information, visit www.bocawestfoundation.
                                                        send 200 students to spend a week with students of the Lynn   org, call (561) 488-6980 or email foundation@
                                                        University Philharmonia.                 

      BWCF Executive Director Jennifer Bate (left) and tennis pro
      Matt McInerney with campers

                                                        BWCC Head Pro Coach Rob Norton teaches pickleball
                                                        fundamentals                                       Crystal Desir (left) and Isabella Rivera play pickleball.

                                                         Samaiah Presume, Kassandra Fleurant, Giulia Condorelli,   Kendra Fleurant and volunteer coach Jane Zenker work on
                                                         Kendra Fleurant                                   ready position.

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