Francis X. Bolte – known by friends and family as Frank – was introduced to the Boomer Esiason Foundation in 2014 and quickly, but quietly, became a major supporter of its mission to assist the cystic fibrosis community. After spending time with Boomer, he realized that BEF was all about serving the CF community – not about publicity or superficiality – which moved Frank, BDP International, and the entire Bolte family to become even more involved.
“I am so impressed that Boomer, Cheryl, Gunnar, and Sydney have dedicated so much of their lives to helping the entire cystic fibrosis community. To see how far the Foundation has come and still how far it must go to find a cure has inspired me in so many ways,” said Frank when discussing his path to becoming the BEF MVP. “I listened as Gunnar took the stage last year and was in awe that a young man would carry the burden that he does so stoically and positively. It is truly a testament to his parents and the family values they have taught him.”
The Bolte family are no strangers to philanthropic endeavors. In 1996, Ryan Christopher Bolte, Frank’s nephew, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and passed away at the age of eight. The family immediately created a foundation to help children in need. Because of his dedication to charity, Frank was also named Make-A-Wish New Jersey’s Humanitarian of the Year during the nonprofit’s 35th anniversary gala, which helped raise more than $1.7 million.
Frank served as BDP International’s Chief Administration Officer, the family-first and values-based company that his father started with a typewriter and a $1,000 home improvement loan, for more than 35 years. He oversaw 5,000 employees, 148 offices, and business in 40 countries, but what he loved most was serving the community and the many charitable causes that BDP supported.
And today, now retired, Frank serves as the President of the Bolte Family Foundation as a full-time philanthropist and is able to focus on his wife, their six children, and the causes closest to his heart.