An accomplished entrepreneur, Chris Salamone strives to give back to the communities that have supported him through a variety of charitable affiliations. To provide vital support to disadvantaged children in the greater Boca Raton, Florida, area, Mr. Salamone previously served on the Board of Directors for the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.
The origin of these early education, childcare, and family support facilities dates back to 1968 when community volunteer Dorothy Fleegler began to work with the families of Boca Raton migrant farmers. Ms. Fleegler soon joined forces with James and Florence Fuller to institute area preschool programs that would better prepare these families’ young children for kindergarten.
Established in 1971 to serve a single classroom of 22, the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers of today assist more than 600 children each year. The organization’s West Center continues the tradition of helping rural populations from non-English-speaking backgrounds, while its East Center is specifically designed around the unique needs of low-income inner city children living in downtown Boca Raton. The Florence Fuller Child Development Centers also own and operate a thrift store on the northwest side of the city.