Posted December 30 2001
Dads donate to hospital
The support group Dads of Florida recently donated more than 100 toys
to the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood.
Group members contributed about $250 to purchase toys. They are Mark Kleiman of
Hollywood; Bob Bettelli of Davie; Clarence Sharp of Plantation; and Bob Schlafke
and Tony Spalding, both of Fort Lauderdale.
About two dozen of the toys were donated by Publix markets in Davie and Sunrise.
Walgreens in Davie provided the group with a $20 store gift certificate to
purchase the toys.
The group on Dec. 12 delivered the toys -- which included board games, miniature
cars, coloring books and puzzles -- to the children's hospital.
"Some dads are not lucky enough to see their kids at Christmas. This gave
the guys a chance to do something good for other children in need during the
holidays," said Bettelli, director of Dads of Florida.
The group, founded in October 1999, is part of the national organization Dads
Against Discrimination. Dads of Florida is composed of about 200 divorced and
unwed fathers, second wives and grandparents interested in changing present laws
discriminating against fathers.
Bettelli and his wife, Jean, also the group's treasurer, joined Dads of Florida
after their son went through a divorce involving a child custody battle.
"You always hear about deadbeat dads. We have been involved in the
organization since the beginning. I just wanted to show that there are good guys
out there," Jean Bettelli said.