(Left to right: Karen Feigenbaum, Mara Shapiro, Marcy Barrick, Susan Stallone and Robin Dabbah)
Abe and Louie’s was a clamor of cowbells and cheering Friday for the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Battle of the Bartenders.
Donning glow stick glasses and necklaces, attendees packed the restaurant and raised more than $10,000 for the Best Foot Forward foundation—nearly double what the organization collected at last year's event.
The foundation is the only nonprofit in Palm Beach County that focuses on ensuring education for foster-care children. Most children in the foster-care system go from family to family, but Best Foot Forward leaders and volunteers work tirelessly to keep these changes from affecting their education with specialized programs tailored to the student. Offerings range from SAT/ACT preparation to facilitating communication between the school and child welfare team to programs that guide students through their high school years and beyond.
“While everyone is going in and out of their lives, we stay with [the foster children],” says Debbie Ellman, who co-founded the organization with her husband, Ed Ellman, and Donna Biase.
The money raised came from ticket sales and from a bartending "competition" that pitted mostly two-person teams, all representing local businesses or community entities, in an effort to see which group could collect the most tips during a 15-minute shift.
Participants included Richard Centerbar, Keith Lipp, Jeff Cohen, Jeremy Hakala, Steven Jackson, Jennifer Cintron, Kim Knapp, Don Knapp, Angela Lutin, Gerogry Fried, Mary Ann Morgan-Fried, Tim Beasley, Gina Martell, Troy McLellan, Jackie Reeves, Ingrid Fulmer and JC Perrin. The team of Perrin (SunTrust Bank) and Fulmer (Coldwell Banker Commercial) collected the most tips.
To get involved with Best Foot Forward, visit http://bestfoot.org/ or call 561/470-8300. The organization is always looking for volunteers.