■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE
The description of the 2019 Boca Grande Child Care Center gala, held on Monday, March 4 was “record-breaking,” and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The announcement was made that the Center would soon officially be known as the “Boca Grande Preschool” and would be accredited as such.
According to fundraising coordinators, the paddle auction was where the action really heated up, and the generosity of the crowd became quite apparent.
“It was such an outpouring of love from the community,” said Angela Steffan, president of the Boca Grande Child Care Center board. “It was all so overwhelming. Most definitely a record night.”
Another of the evening’s highlights was a special presentation to Joan Hillenbrand, a special guest of honor at the night’s festivities and a long-time steward of the Child Care Center.
“Joan was instrumental in getting us to this point,” Angela said. “She also plays an important part in what’s to come.”
If you missed it, see the front page story of the Child Care Center’s big announcement.