Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) was founded 22 years ago in Sunrise, Florida. The Emergency Shelter at JAFCO welcomes infants and children of all ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds and even finds foster homes for those children and infants who have medical needs.
The JAFCO “Cocktails for a Cause” reception and silent auction, on August 6, in a private residence in Longport, New Jersey, attracted 140 people. The evening included a fabulous buffet with food donated by dozens of the best caterers and restaurants on the island, and a few in Philadelphia; dozens of themed raffle baskets with great items and restaurant coupons, and a silent auction.
The highlight of the event was the showing of a video, featuring a young girl whose life was saved by her being placed in a group home at the JAFCO campus in Sunrise, Florida, as well as a young man who grew up at the JAFCO Children’s Village and is now a practicing physician.
JAFCO recently opened the Ability Center in Florida, which offers respite care for children with special needs so their parents can have some respite time, knowing their children are receiving efficient and compassionate care.
JAFCO opened a Northeast Office in Bryn Mawr, PA, to offer counseling and referral services. Many of the JAFCO supporters have primary residences in Philadelphia and South Jersey, as well as spending winters in south Florida, where they may have first gotten involved with JAFCO’s mission.
Co-chairs of the Longport event were Donna Greenberg, and Carol Sussman. Mrs. Linda Brodie, the hostess, her daughter and daughter-in-law are among the “JAFCO Godparents” – those who have pledged $1800 per year for ten years to support one of the JAFCO children at the Children’s Village.
Michelle Simon, Esq., hosts JAFCO teen girls each summer at the shore for three or four days, in between the girls’ camp sessions at the Golden Slipper Camp in Pennsylvania. Simon is on the Golden Slipper board of directors and made the original arrangements a few years ago.
JAFCO Cocktails for a Cause 2015 Food Donors
Aversa, Betty the Caterer, BF Mazzeo, Bonefish Grill, Catch, Chef Vola, Circle Liquor Store, Cricket Caterers, Domenico’s, Hannah G’s, Infinity Caterers Inc., Johnny’s Cafe, Johnson’s Popcorn, Sage, Sofia’s, Stella, Steve and Cookies, Supper/The Global Dish Caterers, Scratch Biscuits and Tomatoes.
Photo Credit: Bonnie Squires