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May 13, 2019

 

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Chiera Family Foundation’s N.I.C.K.’s Fiesta Gala and Golf Tournament
Raises $275,000 for Children with Cancer

 

BOCA RATON, FL – Piñatas, sombreros, maracas, a Mariachi band and 380 guests attending in Mexican-inspired ponchos and colorful attire made for a festive night for N.I.C.K.’s Fiesta, The Chiera Family Foundation’s annual fundraiser held at the Polo Club of Boca Raton on May 5, 2019. The gala was followed by the non-profit’s annual Golf Classic held at the Old Course at Broken Sound on May 6 where 120 golfers enjoyed the day and some friendly competition.

The 26th annual gala was supported by sponsors and attendees who participated with their presence and hearts to support The Chiera Family Foundation’s mission of providing summer camp attendance and college scholarships to children and youth who are battling cancer.

The Chiera Family Foundation began as a tribute to the family’s patriarch Nick Chiera who passed away from cancer. The organization’s annual event has since evolved into one of the area’s largest fundraisers for children who battle cancer. The proceeds from the evening will directly support the foundation’s four programs: N.I.C.K.’s (Nothing is Impossible for Cancer Kids) Camp where the foundation sends 150 kids to N.I.C.K.’s Camp at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida, N.I.C.K.’s Scholarships for young adults to attend college, N.I.C.K.’s Golf, lessons through The First Tee of Broward to teach kids who are undergoing chemotherapy how to golf, and Nick’s Ice Skating funded through a grant from The Florida Panthers Foundation.

The evening was dedicated to the late Don Weidenfeld, a former Board Member and Trustee of the Chiera Family Foundation. Don’s son Justin Weidenfeld spoke and presented a check to the Chiera Family Foundation for $10,400 raised through his fraternity at the University of Florida. The Chiera Family Foundation awarded the first Don Weidenfeld Memorial Scholarship to Lauren Bendesky who is graduating this year from Washington University and will attend medical school next year.

Channing Ramsey, a former N.I.C.K.’s camper who is now a camp counselor, spoke and also sang for the crowd. Channing was awarded a scholarship in honor of Mike and Marie Bianchini.

With the proceeds from N.I.C.K.’s Fiesta, The Chiera Family Foundation has now raised over $4 million to date for the cause. Over its 26-year existence, the foundation through its supporters has helped send 3,800 kids battling cancer to summer camp, provided over 32 college scholarships, sent over 80 children to N.I.C.K.’s Golf program and 12 to N.I.C.K.’s Ice Skating.

Event sponsors included Presenting Sponsor KSM Electronics as well as other foundations and companies including Summit Brokerage, The Bomar Foundation, The Rubin Family Foundation, Carousel Development Corporation, USI Insurance, Nancy Schroeder, Winner’s Award Group, Institute of Career Development, The Florida Panther’s Foundation, and Bacardi USA.

For more information about the Chiera Family Foundation, please call 954-480-8809 or visit www.chierafamilyfoundation.org,

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Chiera Family Foundation’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration Scheduled for May 5th; Fiesta and Golf Classic Fundraiser to help Kids and Young Adults Battling Cancer

BOCA RATON, FL – Celebrating its 26th-year, the Chiera Family Foundation will be chipping, dipping and margarita sipping at The Polo Club of Boca Raton on May 5th.  The organization is holding a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta fundraiser to help kids fighting cancer attend summer camp and college. The event’s signature golf tournament will take place the following day at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.

Guests attending on May 5 will enjoy a real Fiesta starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by a sit-down dinner with entertainment provided by a live Mariachi Band. Silent and live auction items will also be available for bid.

The Chiera Family Foundation began as a tribute to the family’s patriarch Nick Chiera who passed away from cancer. The organization’s annual event has since evolved into one of the area’s largest fundraisers for children who battle cancer. The proceeds from the evening will directly support the foundation’s three programs: N.I.C.K.’s (Nothing is Impossible for Cancer Kids) Camp, N.I.C.K.’s Scholarships and N.I.C.K.’s Golf.  Each summer, the foundation sends 150 kids to experience N.I.C.K.’s Camp at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida while N.I.C.K.’s Scholarships offers young adults a chance to attend the college of their choice.  The foundation also offers a program to teach kids who are undergoing chemotherapy how to golf through The First Tee of Broward. In March of this year through a generous grant from The Florida Panthers Foundation, a new program was also started called N.I.C.K.’s Ice Skating. Taking place at the Panther’s IceDen, kids fighting cancer and their siblings are learning to ice skate.

“Seeing all of these children have fun like other kids and eventually beat cancer has been so rewarding,” said Louis Chiera, foundation board member and trustee. “As a result of the legacy of N.I.C.K.’s programs, we are now seeing our original campers and scholarship recipients graduating as doctors and social workers. Those same children we helped are now helping kids who are battling the same cancer they once had – it blows you away to see how this has come full circle.”

This year’s sponsor list includes longtime presenting sponsor KSM Electronics as well as other foundations and companies including Summit Brokerage, The Bomar Foundation, The Rubin Family Foundation, Carousel Development Corporation, USI Insurance, Nancy Schroeder, Winner’s Award Group, Institute of Career Development, The Florida Panther’s Foundation, and Bacardi USA.

Individual tickets are priced at $250 with tables starting at $2,250.  For more information or to purchase tickets to N.I.C.K.’s Fiesta, please visit: https://www.chierafamilyfoundation.org/events/.

 

 

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Florida Panthers Foundation to Award South Florida 

Non-Profit $25,000 during NHL Game

 

 

Local childhood cancer survivor, Megan Hamerdinger Casabe, to be interviewed COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – The Florida Panthers Foundation will highlight their new, generous partnership with the Chiera Family Foundation at their home game on Wednesday, November 28th against the Anaheim Ducks. During an in game presentation, representatives from the Chiera Family Foundation and the children they support, will be presented with a $25,000 check from The Florida Panthers Foundation through their Community Champions Grant Program.

For more than 25 years, the Chiera Family Foundation has been helping kids battling this horrible disease. During that timeframe, they have helped send thousands of kids to a very special sleep away summer camp as well as help send over 60 young adults who have beaten cancer to college.COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – The Florida Panthers Foundation will highlight their new, generous partnership with the Chiera Family Foundation at their home game on Wednesday, November 28th against the Anaheim Ducks. During an in game presentation, representatives from the Chiera Family Foundation and the children they support, will be presented with a $25,000 check from The Florida Panthers Foundation through their Community Champions Grant Program.

An interview with childhood cancer survivor, Megan Hamerdinger Casabe, will be aired in-game and will recognize the great work the Chiera Family Foundation organization is doing in our South Florida community.

Megan was diagnosed with leukemia in 1995 and went to the camp from 1997-2004. She returned to serve as a camp counselor, and as a Chiera scholarship recipient, she earned her undergraduate and master’s degree in social work from FAU. Today, Megan’s journey has come full circle where she is able to help kids and families dealing with the same disease she once faced.

The Chiera Family Foundation is a Coconut Creek based non-profit organization that began as a tribute to the patriarch of the family, Nicholas Chiera who passed away from cancer. Today the foundation has turned into one of the largest fundraising efforts for many kids and young adults battling cancer across South Florida.

The three programs funded by their foundation are called N.I.C.K.’s CAMP, N.I.C.K.’s Scholarships, and N.I.C.K.’s Golf. The acronym N.I.C.K., stands for Nothing is Impossible for Cancer Kids and helps send over 150 kids to summer camp and five young adults to college. Their latest program, N.I.C.K.’s Golf takes children who are undergoing chemotherapy at Joe DiMaggio’s children’s hospital and gives them something to look forward to through a nine-week learn to golf program through the First Tee of Broward.

Club level and lower bowl level seats are also on sale for this game with a portion of the proceeds going towards their foundation. To purchase those tickets and for more on the Chiera Family Foundation, visit ChieraFamilyFoundation.org.

Community Champions/Grant Recipients

The Community Champions Grant Program allows charitable organizations throughout South Florida to request financial support for their programs and initiatives. Through this grant program, Panthers ownership has committed $5 million over 5 years to the local community.  At each of the 41 home games throughout the season, the Foundation will recognize and award one grant for up to $25,000 to a local organization. To learn more or apply for a grant, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/GrantApplication.

 

 

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