Nonprofit March Fundraiser Rundown


The Matthew Forbes Romer Foundation celebrates 20 years

The Matthew Forbes Romer Foundation will honor its 20th anniversary during its annual “Sweetness and Laughter” gala and “See the Light” awards ceremony at noon on March 10 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

The non-profit is dedicated to the education and research of children’s genetic diseases of the brain. Inspired by the strength of Mathew Romer, who lost his eight-year battle with Tay-Sachs disease, the nonprofit was founded in South Florida with a mission to promote and lead critical awareness, testing, counseling, and research initiatives that hold promise for the prevention and eventual cure of fatal children’s genetic diseases of the brain.

Tickets cost $200 per person.

KidSafe Foundation to honor Aly Raisman during gala

KidSafe Foundation will recognize gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman  as the National Child Advocate of the Year during the nonprofit’s annual “Shine the Light” gala on March 10.

The nonprofit’s mission is education to combat child abuse. The ninth annul gala will take place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton.

“Aly’s bravery in telling her story will undoubtedly help protect children throughout the world from sexual abuse,” said Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, co-founder & executive director KidSafe Foundation. “Aly has served as a role model for years through her accomplishments as an athlete and now an advocate for sexual abuse survivors.  The strength she has demonstrated through speaking out to push for change is truly making a difference in saving children’s lives.  We are so thrilled to honor her.”

The “Shine the Light” Gala will also honor local restaurateur Rocco Mangel of Rocco’s Tacos as the Child Advocate of the Year for 2018.

Serving as a voice for MS, Rocco has raised $140,000 for the National MS Society.  He has also contributed time and money to the KidSafe Foundation, ALS Association, Leukemia/Lymphona Society, Toys for Tots, Tri-County Humane Society, March of Dimes, Palm Beach Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other organizations.

All funds raised at the “Shine the Light” Gala will go towards KidSafe’s extensive programs that bring direct services to thousands of children and adults. The Gala will feature singer Kendra Erika who recently hit the Billboard Dance Club Top 10 with her breakthrough hit single “Oasis.” The evening will include a premium open bar, dinner, dancing, silent auction and live auction hosted by Neil Saffer.

Gala tickets and sponsorship information is available at Tickets are $250.