Published On: Tue, Apr 4th, 2017


Photos by: Gina Fontana


Raising funds of more than $90,000 for medical and nursing school scholarships, this year’s 19th Annual Honor Your Luncheon (HYDL) presented by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton recognized more than 120 physicians and medical professionals. Attended by more than 300 in healthcare, community and civic leaders, the HYDL each year funds the Helen M. Babione Medical Scholarship that benefits medical and nursing school students attending four local universities: Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU, Lynn University and Palm Beach State College.

While each nominated physician and medical professional received an appreciation plaque, Internist Dr. Jeffrey Stein was recognized as the 2017 HYD Doctor of Distinction for generating the most nomination votes from patients and the community-at-large. He was presented a brass and wood clock with an engraved plaque as City of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie proclaimed March 29, 2017 as Dr. Jeffrey Stein Day in the city. In addition, a Doctor of Distinction Runner-up Award was announced for Dr. James Barron.

The program featured remarks from three medical and nursing student scholarship recipients:

Jena Glavy, a member of the Class of 2018 at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU; Stephanie Garcia, a member of the class of 2019 at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU and Fabricio Ruffo who completed his undergraduate studies at Lynn University in 2016, and has been working on post-graduate studies at Lynn for the 2017 academic year.

This year’s HYDL was co-chaired by Alan Kaye and Janice Williams.  Honorary Co-Chairs were Debbie Leising and Pat Thomas.  Helen Babione served as Honorary Advisor and the Honorary Physician Advisor Dr. Philip Oranburg who was the 2016 Doctor of Distinction.  HYDL committee members were Kim Champion, Lewis Fogel, Deborah Freudenberg, Ingrid Fulmer, Gary Hickory, Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, Jon Kaye, Dr. Allen Konis, Brian Long, Bill Miller, Penny Morey, Linda Petrakis, Joe Pores, Dr. Ronald Rubin and Dr. Linsey Willis.

“It is so gratifying to see the wonderful physicians and medical professionals in our community recognized by their patients and peers,” said HYDL Co-Chair Alan Kaye. The public was invited to nominate their favorite doctor via an online and mail-in nomination form. All nominees were invited to a champagne pre-luncheon reception and the luncheon as a guest of the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton.

We are so fortunate to have such a long roster of revered and respected healthcare professionals in our community who enhance and save lives every day of the year.”Janice Williams, who has served as HYDL chair, co-chair and advisor for 17 years.

“The Honor Your Doctor Luncheon has become an inspiring annual tradition in the Boca Raton community that furthers our Rotary Club’s health and wellness mission,” noted Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Fund Board President Jon A. Kaye.  “Our club is so proud to be entrusted with the stewardship as we approach the 20th anniversary in 2018.”

The Award Winning Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton founded July 2012 (District 6930 2014-2015 Club of the year) is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton community through the blended efforts that support the Rotary International’s philosophy of “Service Above Self” and the Club’s main mission of health and wellness. For more information about the Club, including how to become a member, visit

Rotary International is a global network of community volunteers. The 1.3 million Rotary members are business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are over 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas that initiate service projects to address today’s challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns. Rotarians provide humanitarian service, and build goodwill and peace in the world. For more information visit

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