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Place of Hope spiffs up the Boca campus

Place of Hope continued the total makeover on their Boca campus.

There were so many donors for the Lane Education and Enrichment Center, founding CEO Charles Bender III urged patience at the outdoor ceremony Tuesday.

He called up each couple and family for an award and praise. Then they collectively cut the ribbon and everyone piled inside for a tour.

Tom and Kathleen Lane donated the lead gift on the 5,000-square-foot building. And each room was named, including one for the parents of Drs. Leighan and David Rinker, who named the whole Boca campus.

Kelly Woods Fleming named the volunteer work space. “The work they do is transformational,” the fundraising Angel Moms former president said about the agency. She funded the Boys Cottage next door.

Trish Savides was so moved, she spontaneously named the student study lounge that night in her late husband Edward Kiriacos Savides’ memory. “He would have done this,” she said.

The mural artist, interior designer and donors gather in the nursery at the new Lane Education and Enrichment Center on Place of Hope’s Leighan and David Rinker Campus in west Boca

Place of Hope’s Lisa McDulin said there’s still a few places with naming rights available.

Some support was in-kind. Kristin Nelson of Grammercy Salon had her photo on an easel in the Health & Wellness salon.

The event had a touch of glamour, too. Actress and author Laura Saltman and a Brandstar Studios team including Palm Beach interior designer Joseph Pubillones did the kitchen, library and nursery.

Their efforts will be broadcast on segments on “Designing Spaces” in June on Lifetime.

Place of Hope provides refuge for abused and neglected children and finds, licenses and supports foster parents. The agency has other campuses and took over the Boca Rio Road property from The Haven in 2013.

Since then, one building after another has been totally redone and furnished through donations of goods and services.

But even with the new Lane center, “this campus is at capacity,” Bender told Boca Voice. “That’s why we’re building more buildings.”

By Marci Shatzman


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