Local Charity Raises $225,000 to Help Kids Fighting Cancer

COCONUT CREEK, Florida (May 16, 2017) – The Chiera Family Foundation held their 24th annual Dinner Auction and Golf Tournament Sunday and Monday raising over $225,000 for kids in South Florida who are fighting cancer.

What started as a tribute to their father Nicholas Chiera has now turned into one of the largest fundraisers for kids fighting this horrible disease.

Sunday night’s affair, ROCK Around the Clock, featured a 50’s theme and a top band Patrick and the Swayzees.

More than 350 people attended which featured guest speakers including campers, scholarship recipients, and even cancer patients who learned to golf through the foundation’s efforts.

For the past 24 years, this event has helped thousands of deserving kids attend summer camp at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Florida. In addition to sending kids to camp, the Chiera Family Foundation also has sent over 25 young adults to college, and now, more than 48 kids currently undergoing chemotherapy through a nine-week program run by The First Tee of Broward.

Some of the kids who have attended N.I.C.K.’s (Nothing is Impossible for Cancer Kids) CAMP have now graduated as oncologists and social workers and are helping kids with the same cancer that they once battled.

This year the Foundation was honored to announce a $44,000 donation made through the Milton J. Margolis trust, a man in Palm Beach County who listed the Chiera Family Foundation in his trust.

“We continue to be overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity,” said Board Member, Lou Chiera. “Seeing the children we send to camp get better and then go to college on our scholarships is truly amazing”

In addition to the dinner auction, 120 golfers also participated in a golf tournament at The Old Course at Broken Sound on Monday morning.

Partnering with Bridgestone Golf, the foundation also announced a week-long social media promotion called Play it Forward where people all over the country purchased golf balls to help this wonderful cause. Over 400 dozen golf balls have been sold since this program was launched.

For more information on the Chiera Family Foundation and how you can play it forward, simply visit www.chierafamilyfoundaton.org.

Press Contact:
Christina Nicholson
(954) 232-3206

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