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Admiral Sponsors

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation

Amy and Mike Kazma


Captain Sponsors


AvalonBay Communities

Mary and Bill Donnell

Leland and Jeannine Morris

Joan E. Schwartz and Bruce Rubinger

Ashwin and Mari Vasan


Anchor Sponsors


Margi and Kurtiss Cross

Innovative Telecom Solutions

Palm Beach State College Foundation

Barbara Sommers

TBS Law, P.A.




Audio/Visual Sponsor

Polen Capital


Valet Sponsor

JM Family Enterprises


Photography Sponsor

Sachs Sax Caplan, P.L.




Design Sponsor

Dawn of Designs


Promotional Sponsor

Oceans 234


Video Sponsor

Plum Productions Corporate Video Services


Raffle Sponsors

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation

Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton


Media Sponsor

Spotlight Magazine

Special Guests

  • Barbara C. Gutin

    Anchor Award recipient

    Barbara C. Gutin

    Anchor Award recipient

    Barbara C. Gutin believes philanthropy should have a strong impact on the community, as shown by her involvement in and passion for various organizations. She is both humble in her giving and dedicated in her support. She has been an advocate for Best Foot Forward and children in foster care since she first learned of the organization when it was started in 2010. Barbara firmly believes that education is the key to success and that every child should have someone in his/her corner to provide care and support. Barbara keeps busy by serving on the BRRH Ball and Go Pink Committees. She helped to establish both the Irving and Barbara C. Gutin Center for Robotic Surgery and the Barbara C. Gutin Center for Pelvic Health at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She supports Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, and various programs on suicide prevention and education. Barbara is a board member and past president of the Lynn University conservatory. She has also served as a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee for the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. Barbara has been a resident of Boca Raton since 1998 and is the recipient of the Soroptimist Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the Martens Award from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties with her late husband, and they were honored by the Boca Raton Historical Society and included in the Walk of Recognition.

  • Mary

    2021 Florida International University graduate


    2021 Florida International University graduate

    The current statistics for youth in foster care are that only 46% will graduate from high school and less than 3% will earn a college degree of any kind. Mary is one of those who beat the odds and is the epitome of success. Mary has been in the BFF program since she was just 16 years old and a sophomore in high school. Her life was complicated, but with support and encouragement, she overcame every obstacle to graduate high school in 2017. She was accepted into Florida International University and worked hard for the next 4 years, earning her Bachelor’s degree in her major, Public Administration. Once again, we were proud to be at her gradation to celebrate her incredible accomplishments. Mary is now working at PNC Bank and hopes to gain a position in her chosen field in the near future. She has always been genuine in all she does and is a special young lady. Mary has gone through many challenges, and we are proud of her willingness to share her story and all she has overcome.





Event Committee

Meryll Bangsil

Rita Barbieri

Lori Bargas

Lorraine Cross

Sharon Deren

Anita Detert

Carol Dunne

Missy Eddinger

Tracie Ingerman

Evelyn Jorgensen

Christine Roberts-Kelly

Lydia Kissel

Anita Kreilein

Suzanne LaCaria

Patti Lashley

Laura McCutcheon

Jeannine Morris

Lisa Orlando

Joan E. Schwartz

Alyssa Stout

Marissa Tiongson

Gigi Tylander

Steve Vitasek


Host Committee

Michelle Adams

Rita Barbieri

Lori Bargas

Melanie De Vito

Sharon Deren

Anita Detert

Ellen Glantz-Tucker

Christina Karas

Anita Kreilein

Laura McCutcheon

Jeannine Morris

Lisa Orlando

Palm Beach State College - Provost Table

Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise

Sandy Sheehy

Gigi Tylander

Best Foot Forward Sole Mates Luncheon

Children in foster care face unimaginable challenges in life with dismal outcomes, but your support can change that!

100% of the proceeds raised from this event will benefit Best Foot Forward's innovative and life-changing programs.

Children in foster care desperately need the one-on-one educational support we provide, but they also need so much more! Essentials like birthday celebrations, field trip money, senior year activities, groceries, and college summer housing are often overlooked, but are extremely important. 

To truly help our students put their “best foot forward” and help them become successful, independent, contributing members of our community, we need your support.

That is the essence of the Sole Mates Luncheon!