GoSection8 Volunteering at Boca Helping Hands

The entire staff of GoSection8 spent the afternoon of May 17th sorting goods at our local food bank, Boca Helping Hands. Our t-shirts say it all: "We Serve With Passion."

Whole Foods Market Team Members Give to BHH

During Whole Foods Market team member appreciation week, there are various events to celebrate our team members. One of them was a sandwich event and team members donated a canned food and received a free lunch prepared by Chef Abby.  The canned food was donated to Boca Helping Hands with a total of 149 cans!  A whole shopping cart full.

Gary Peters, BHH Board President, 2012 Recipient of the "Men with Caring Hearts Award"!

Each year, the Florence Fuller Child Development Center recognizes men in our community who have devoted themselves to service and philanthropy.  Charities throughout Boca Raton and beyond nominate worthy candidates who are honored at the Men with Caring Hearts annual luncheon.  From these worthy nominees, a committee has the unenviable task of selecting ONE to honor as the Awardee.

Boca Club News Article on Mr. Arthur Remillard Jr.

Mr. Arthur Remillard is featured in the Boca Club News. 

Proceeds from Lemonade stand for BHH

Ava Smith is a Kindergarten student from Mrs. Erickson's class at Boca Christian School. She is a member of FUMC and has a baby sister, Amelia, 2 years old, that she helps mom with.

BHH Event A Great Success! Keith Nassetta winner of this years MONOPOLY Tournament.

Boca Helping Hands held its 6th Annual MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night March 3, 2012 at the beautiful Via Mizner Golf and Country Club located at 6200 Boca Del Mar Drive in Boca Raton (viamiznergcc.com).  Another successful event was realized with Boca Helping Hands raising over $120,000!  Fun was had by all with the fast paced tournament style Monopoly, classics Casino Gaming including, Roulette, and Black Jack.  Live music performed by the ever popular Ott, Ott and Hull, cocktails and dinner.  Additionally an amazing silent and live auction took place.  Live items included a ride on the Good Year Blimp; VIP treatment at a Boston Red Sox Game; Sheriff for a day; and a stay in Key West!  Keith Nassetta won this years MONOPOLY Tournament for the 2nd time in a row and the 3rd time since MONOPOLY was introduced as an event at BHH.

Link to Gary Peters on WAY FM Speaking about Boca Helping Hands and our MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night.

Gary Peters, President of the board of directors at Boca Helping Hands, was interviewed on Way FM where he spoke about our upcoming  6th Annual MONOPOLY Event and Casino Night and Boca Helping Hands.

Lew Lautin, Photographer, was featured on The Balancing Act seen on Lifetime TV channel

On Friday, January 13, 2012 Lew Lautin, Photographer, was featured on The Balancing Act show on the nationally broadcast channel Lifetime TV.  He speaks of Boca Helping Hands and other work he is doing.   Follow the link to see the program.

Allianz Championship - Birdies Fore Charity - Make a pledge and choose Boca Helping Hands as your charity to benefit from this event.

Allianz Championship birdies fore charity event is February 6-12, 2012.  Make a pledge or a one time donation.  Choose Boca Helping Hands as your charity to benefit from this event.

Boca Christian School Torch Run Benefits Boca Helping Hands!

Boca Christian Schools Annual Torch Run:  Saturday, January 21, 2012 was a perfect day for a 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Youth Run.  Boca Christian had a record 350 entries!

A Blessed 2012 to All

Last Saturday, I ran into Ron and Monica Bucher who had just returned to the Boca Helping Hands warehouse after another busy day passing out Pantry Bags in West Boca.  Monica seemed visibly moved and handed me an envelope.  I assumed she was moved because their team had just distributed 200 pantry bags in two hours.  You read that right… In 2011, the amazing Boca Helping Hands family…

You Did It...$175,000.00 Matching Campaign - Thank you for your wonderful support.

Just 60 days ago, an anonymous donor challenged our BHH family to match a $175,000 gift by year end.  We are happy to report that with your help not only did we meet that goal…we shattered it…raising

A Grateful Client, an Envelope, and $6.00 Cash Last Saturday, I ran into Ron and Monica Bucher who had just returned to the Boca Helping Hands warehouse after another busy day passing out Pantry Bags in West Boca. Monica seemed visibly moved and h

"... kick back, relax, and enjoy the eighty degree perfect beach weather that is Christmas in South Florida while you watch the following video about this years Thanksgiving dinner at Helping Hands":

WPTV Story on: Floridians are relying on food stamps & food pantries

Floridians are relying on food stamps & food pantries:  Story featuring Boca Helping Hands from Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gary Peters AFP Outstanding Philanthropist

Boca Helping Hands staff, Board Members, special guests and Gary Peters’ family attended the AFP National Philanthropy Day 2011 on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach.  The elegant lunch honored Gary Peters, Boca Helping Hands Board President as Outstanding Philanthropist.   Gary Peters’ commitment to Boca Helping Hands speaks for itself.  In addition to his tireless efforts as President of the Board, Gary has brought some incredible talent to our Board and volunteer ranks.  He has been the driving force

Boca Raton Fire Chief Tom Woods Delivers 72 Turkeys to Boca Helping Hands!

Thank you to Boca Raton’s Fire Chief, Tom Woods, for delivering 72 turkeys donated by The 100 Club, a group of local business leaders.  With over 600 individuals and families receiving a Turkey or a Turkey and a basket, Boca Helping Hands appreciates the help from our community.  We thank the Fire Department for their continued support of BHH and the people we serve.

Boca Helping Hands had their Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at their own Remillard Family Resource Center on Sunday, Novmeber 13, 2011

Sunday Evening, November 13th was a magical starry night.  Boca Helping Hands had their Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at their own Remillard Family Resource Center.  The outside was decorated with twinkle lights and the black and white theme tables, decorated with candles and stars.  The stars were decorated by Thursday night’s youth activity center and children from the families having dinner at BHH.  Imagine That, a do it yourself ceramic company, took them back to their business and fired them.

Walgreens came to give a shot in the arm to individuals at Boca Helping Hands

Walgreens came to Boca Helping Hands on Thursday, October 21st where fourty Clients received flu  shots.  Walgreens will be returning on Tuesday November 15th from 11:00-1:00pm.  The Walgreens Flu Shots are for individuals 18 and older.   Walgreens has been a great supporter of Boca Helping Hands with participation in our Family Night Dinners, Food Drives at their stores and help with flu shots.  We all appreciate their support of BHH and the people we serve!

Roberta Valmond Nominee for Junior League of Boca Raton Woman Volunteer of the Year Award

The 24th Annual Boca Raton's Junior League Woman Volunteer of the Year Award luncheon was attended by Boca Helping Hands staff, Gary Peters, Board President, Anne Jaakkola, Barbara Kestenbaum, Roberta Valmond and her husband and brother.


On Tuesday, September 27th the Boca Helping Hands Team, James S. Gavrilos, Executive Director; Karen Swedenborg, Development Manager and Greg Peters, Development; attended a check presentation at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.  They were presented with a $5,000 grant check.  The photo was taken by the lake and fountain in front of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Boca Helping Hands Receives 6th Consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

"Only 3% of the charities we rate have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Boca Helping Hands outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Boca Helping Hands from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."

Sun Capital Partners, Inc. supports Boca Helping Hands to Fight Poverty and Hunger

On Wednesday, September 21st, the co-CEOs of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (“Sun Capital Partners”), Marc Leder and Rodger Krouse, and senior management from Sun Capital Partners presented a check for $50,000 to Boca Helping Hands. This is the second major donation that Sun Capital Partners has made to support Boca Helping Hands’ efforts to fight hunger and poverty in South Florida, bringing their total two-year contribution to $150,000. The check presentation took place at 11:45 A.M., during the daily lunch service. In addition to 100+ guests enjoying lunch, representatives from the Boca Helping Hands Board of Directors, staff and volunteers from Boca


Boca Helping Hands 5th Annual Bowling for Bread & Food Drive was filled with laughter, fun, food and music.  There were 26 lanes sponsored by local businesses and individuals for children from FAMILY PROMISE, FLORENCE FULLER, THE HAVEN, PROPEL, People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership, and SALVATION ARMY.  We had 16 teams participate in the bowling tournament.

13 year old askes his friends to donate to BHH for his Birthday.

A big thank you to Michael DeLuca who asked his friends to bring a donation to Boca Helping Hands to his 13th birthday party rather than a gift.  This is a great example of philanthropy already in this young persons life.   Thank you for supporting Boca Helping Hands and the people we serve!

Boca Helping Hands Expands Pantry Program distribution to west of Boca Raton

Click on link to Saturday, September 10, 2011 SunSentiel article on Boca Helping Hands'  Pantry Program expansion to western Boca Raton.