Published On: Mon, Dec 5th, 2016

Boca Beat 12/2

  • Boca Raton officially welcomed the 2016 Holiday Season with their annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Mizner Park last week. The tree lighting ceremony was attended by many from the city as well as neighboring cities.
  • At the last League of Cities meeting, Mayor Haynie accepted a certificate of appreciation from Kris Calder, CEO of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County for the City of Boca Raton’s participation in the Reading for the Record program.
  • For the 33rd consecutive year, Congregation B’nai Israel’s Kantor Family Center for Justice and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Boca Raton partnered to serve Thanksgiving dinner to more than 4,000 people in need. The festivities were held at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church on November 22.
  • Mayor Susan Haynie and councilmember Robert Weinroth attended the 2016 Florida Automated Vehicles Summit this past week. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn welcomed them to city and described the introduction of autonomous vehicles to their roads.
  • Excitement is in the air as the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC) prepare for their largest annual fundraising event, the Wee Dream Ball, to be held Friday, December 2, 2016 at Boca West Country Club. The Wee Dream Ball has become one of the foremost anticipated philanthropic events of the year.  Last year the gala hosted over 370 attendees and raised more than $740,000 for disadvantaged children.  FFCDC’s goal is to remain a premier provider of child and family education and support services for low- to moderate-income families living in southern Palm Beach County and northern Broward County, Florida.  Please join us to celebrate the children, our community’s future leaders.
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital has been named a 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Award recipient by National Research Corporation (NRC). The annual accolade identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. Boca Regional again joins such prestigious institutions as Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and The Johns Hopkins Hospital in this year’s listings, and is the sole provider in the Palm Beach County service area to receive the distinction.
  • The Friends of the Boca Raton Library’s “Sunday Matinee Music Series” presents 33 YEARS band with Paula and Kevin Tolly, John Grillo, and Dr Robert Watson, Sunday, December 4th, 3-4pm, at the Downtown Library located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue in Boca Raton. Reservations are required. Computer users need to enroll via the Library Event Calendar on the Library website, www.bocalibrary.org. Non-computer users may call (561) 807-7141 for enrolling.
  • At a time when young people are hearing increasingly more about the importance of saving money and avoiding too much credit card debt, a local mentoring organization is holding a workshop to help them make smart choices about the different ways they can save and invest their money. The free program will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Catherine Strong Park, 1500 SW 6th St., Delray Beach. Participants will be taught how to raise their own money, crunch the numbers and make calculated decisions on where to invest.
  • The Unicorn Children’s Foundation held its first ever cabaret-themed role reversal drag show at LIPS in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is pleased to announce that it was a resounding success! More than $32,000 was raised to help kids with special needs excel in our community.
  • Congratulations to all 2017 OPAL Awards Honorees. The event, which will take place January 14 at Boca West Country Club, will have the following as Honorees: Jordan Zimmerman, Arthur Adler, Yvonne Boice-Zucaro, and Peter & Carmel Baronoff. The OPAL Awards honor outstanding people and leaders that have contributed through volunteerism to make our community a better place to live, learn, work and play. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s service missions including Youth Scholarship Programs.
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