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Snazzy cars a backdrop to help Fuller kids thrive

Who can resist helping little kids or oogling fabulous cars? Think Ferrari and Lamborghini.

At the height of Boca’s social season, sponsors and organizers of Wee Dream Ball Dec. 6 gathered at Excell Auto Group. Who could resist taking a group photo op in front of the “world’s most expensive” SUV. The vehicle will be on full display at the gala, of course.

This 14th annual evening raises much-needed money for the 800 kids, 6 weeks to 12 years, served by Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. Among the programs are pre- and after-school and early childhood education.

“We are the happy ending for our kids,” board president and chair Stacey Packer told Boca Voice.

The gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 in Boca West Country Club includes a cocktail hour with a silent auction. There’s a seated dinner with a live auction. The evening concludes with a dessert buffet and afterparty. 

Wee Dream honorary co-chairs Cliff and Eda Viner check out the tail fins on the ’57 Buick convertible.

“What makes this event so popular is, it’s truly a party,” Packer said about the crowd that now numbers 400.

Tickets are $300 and still on sale at or call Alana Lagerstrom at 561-391-7274, ext. 134.

Back to the reception, Fuller CEO Ellyn Okrent introduced brief remarks by Packer and co-chairs Tracy Louv and Donna Nero. Thanks went out to Michael DeSio, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus, the gala’s presenting sponsor again. At the reception were major sponsors Amy and Michael Kazma and mobile bidding sponsor Peter Gary, CEO of Pinnacle Advertising.

 “Thanks for always having us,” Okrent said to Excell owner Scott Zanki. Excell is also the place for Fuller’s annual Men With Caring Hearts pre-event and this year valet sponsor for Wee Dream.

A chamber ensemble from Lynn Conservatory of Music provided the background music. But let’s be honest here, the cars were the thing. “This is an amazing venue,” Nero noted.

By Marci Shatzman


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