Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF) held their 10th annual Boots & Boogie Bash fundraiser on March 25 at Grey Oaks Country Club. The ‘boots and bling’ themed party had over 220 guests in attendance and raised over $165,000 for foster children. Party-goers enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a surf and turf Texas-style dinner, a live auction and dancing to the sounds of the Blue Stone Circle Band. Rob Wilson and Rio DeArmond were this year’s event chairs, celebrity emcees were ABC-7 anchor Krista Fogelsong and local chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire, and auctioneer Scott Robertson energized bidders as he does each and every year.
Once the auction started, the crowd had the opportunity to bid on incredible live auction items including exotic trips such as a stay at the original ICEHOTEL in Sweden. Making the evening possible was the presenting sponsor Enterprise Holdings and emerald sponsors, NEST Multi-Facility Management and Children’s Network of Southwest Florida; ruby sponsors, Arthrex, First Florida Integrity Bank, Naples Auto Donation Center (NADC), Rosemary Hammer of John R. Wood Realtors, and Woodruff Institute; and media sponsors, Naples Daily News and e’Bella Magazine. The FFCF mission is to focus on the children they serve by providing targeted educational and enrichment opportunities that allow each child to fulfill his or her potential. The charitable organization works to fulfill the unmet needs of every child who enters, or is at risk of entering the foster care system in Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties. For more information about Friends of Foster Children of Forever (FFCF) or how to help, visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.net or call (239) 262–1808.