BOCA RATON — To any who might cast stones at those in the adult entertainment business as wicked and immoral, let this story give you pause.
Marc Bell, the Boca Raton millionaire and former head honcho of Penthouse Magazine, has taken in 70 foster children left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The children went from a gymnasium floor to the lap of luxury in the mansion owned by Marc and his wife, Jennifer Bell. Present for their entertainment needs were a variety of arcade games and a live guitarist to play for them at dinner. The Bells even sprang for manicures for the girls!
Marc and Jennifer became aware of the situation when SOS Children’s Village Florida, the foster care community responsible for the children, called Marc in a panic after learning that the group was being evicted from their shelters.
“We don’t know where to bring the kids, and we’re not getting any help from the county. What do we do?” the SOS representative asked.
Marc did not hesitate: “I said, ‘Bring them here.’”
He continued: “They were hungry. They were tired. They lived in the gymnasium for a week. They hadn’t showered for a week and you saw how excited they were.”
“To have these kids feel welcomed and to just feel comfortable, as a mom it just makes you feel like you’re doing something good,” Jennifer Bell said of the good deed. “It’s knowing that later on these kids are going to look back and they’re going to want to help someone else.”
In addition to his other business endeavors, Marc is also a prolific producer of musicals, and his production of Jersey Boys won a coveted Tony Award for Best Musical in 2006.
Perhaps in the future, the Bells’ act of kindness in the face of disaster could serve as fodder for a true life feel-good story for some aspiring playwright; it certainly has all the hallmarks!