BELLEVILLE, NJ - This time of year Santa often makes local visits bringing gifts to children, on Sunday, he broke from tradition and brought a long-waited early gift to entrepreneur Carmen Bucco, founder of Buccos Rising Stars.

Buccos Rising Stars, a foundation dedicated to helping 'rising stars' in the foster care system transition to adulthood, hosted their inaugural brunch on Sunday. 

Bucco, who grew up in foster care, was first in line to meet Santa when he arrived at the Chandelier in Belleville. "Santa, this is the best Christmas gift ever," he told the jolly old elf. Attendees said Bucco seemed surprised that so many people showed up in support of the organization. One hundred people turned out on a cold December morning to formally launch the foundation, and many more who could not attend bought tickets to support the effort anyway.

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The idea of doing something for kids in foster care has been something Bucco was thinking about for years. In recent months, a board of trustees was established and "Buccos Rising Stars" became a reality. Sunday's brunch was the formal launch of the organization. Attendees included Buccos foster brother and sister, local elected leaders, Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton of WKTU, and supporters from the business community. 

TAPinto Nutley and TAPinto Bloomfield are proud to have been sponsors of the brunch.

More stories about Buccos Rising Stars will follow.