Published On: Fri, Aug 11th, 2017

Robert’s Community Report: 8/10

– The City of Boca Raton continues to demonstrate its commitment to the FAU Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine and its incoming classes of medical students. For the 7th year, White Coats-4-Care, a fundraising reception hosted by Bonnie and Jon Kaye, has raised scholarship funds for the incoming students. Residents sponsor one or more “white coats” (more on that in a moment) with their generous donations. This year, as in years past, the reception was held the night before the coats were presented to the class members.

– On Friday, August 4, 2017 the 64 members of the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Class of 2021 received their “White Coats.” The White Coat Ceremony was founded in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation which believed the beginning of a student’s journey into medicine is the best time to influence standards of professionalism, humanistic values and behavior. The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University celebrated its 11th White Coat Ceremony as it officially welcomed the members of the incoming class. Members of the class of 2020 were paired with students in the incoming class to serve as mentors to the newly minted medical students. Each student was pinned with a “Humanism in Medicine” lapel pin by his/her mentor during the ceremony. At the conclusion of the event, the students recited in unison an “oath” they collectively wrote, which will serve as a code of conduct they are committed to following throughout their education and as physicians after medical school.

– Visitors to Mizner Park can hit a couple of mini-golf holes while they wait for a table at a restaurant or take a break from shopping.  Last fall, the city set funded 10-foot-by-10-foot patch of putting-green near Mizner Park’s central fountain at the request of Mayor Susan Haynie.

– Last weekend the Boca Ballet Theatre presented a mixed repertory dance concert at the Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High. The production included David Parson’s contemporary comedic classic, “The Envelope,” George Balanchine’s “La Source,” featuring Miami City Ballet’s Jennifer Lauren and Kleber Rebello, a world premier by Boca Raton native, Sanjay Saverimuttu and Dan Guin’s “Graduation Ball.” The talent of the dancers was amazing!

– Teaching your child a foreign language has never been easier. Foreign language education is accessible to all children in Boca Raton thanks to the Boca Raton Public Library. The Library is offering online foreign-language learning to children of library patrons through KidSpeak for Libraries. They are partnering with RB Digital to bring this fantastic, free, educational addition to our city.

– Children will learn skills like alphabet and word recognition, understanding simple sentences, addition and subtraction, how to tell time, number recognition (matching numbers to written words) and correct pronunciation. Designed by leading educators for children 6 and older, KidSpeak for Libraries contains more than 700 words and expressions per language. Current available languages include English and Spanish, with Chinese expected to follow soon. For more information, visit the Digital Library tab of the library’s website,

– Boca Raton Regional Hospital has again been cited as a top-ranked regional hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017–2018 annual review of its Best Hospitals. The Hospital is currently ranked 16th out of approximately 300 hospitals in Florida and 6th in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area, making it the highest ranked hospital in Palm Beach County.

– U.S. News & World Report also rated Boca Regional a high-performing hospital in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure and lung cancer surgery. 4,500 hospitals were evaluated nationally by U.S. News & World Report as part of its Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year.The rankings are designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

– Mayor Haynie and I attended TransPlex 2017 hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation to discuss transportation for the future of Florida. The mayor gave welcoming remarks to the 400+ transportation specialists in attendance and recognized the students who submitted their posters promoting the synergy between community planning and transportation alternatives. TransPlex (Transportation Planning Exchange), and Focus on Community: Best Practices in Transportation, are forums for transportation professionals and project development professionals to learn and exchange ideas about transportation planning, as well as engaging communities and people in the making of transportation plans and projects.

– It’s been a full week of events presented by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Boca Chamber Festival Days has become a staple for highlighting the many non-profits making lives better for residents in our community.On Friday night it was BCFD Happy Hour at Juniors for the benefit of the Faulk Center for Counseling sponsored by Eliot Popper and Morgan Stanley. On Monday the Boca Museum of Art was the venue for a Midsummer Party Exhibition Preview. .On Tuesday the fun continued at the Pavilion Grille as Unique Gifts and Premiums partnered with Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services for Feed Your Funny bone, a night of comedy with hors d’oeuvres and drinks – combining philanthropy and fun while supporting the services provided by JFS.

– On Thursday it was a Summertime BBQ Bash as Twin Palms Center for the Disabled partnered with 5 Spice Asian Street Market for great family fun.

– This Saturday (Aug 12)   its a Block Party Luau at the Ebeneezer Baptist Church for the benefit of the Habitat for Humanity South.Palm Beach County. The fun starts at 10:30AM and continues until 1:30PM. The event is co-sponsored by Sklar Furnishings and Allegiance Home Health & Rehab as part of the Boca Chamber’s Festival. $10 per child 13 and younger or $20 adults, Days schedule, a full range of activities is planned for the entire family.

– Have you ever wondered about the history of Boca Raton? The Boca Historical Society is offering a guided walking tour of the Boca Raton Resort (also on Saturday Aug 12 and August 26th) from 2-3:30PM. $15,

– SummerInTheCity continues at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on Friday, Aug 11th with Ruffhouse, a Bob Marley tribute band. The free concert is opened by School of Rock at 7:30PM and Ruffhouse hits the stage at 8PM.

– Don’t miss, Boca’s Got Talent for Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14, The Dubliner, 435 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, $25 advance, $30 at door at

– On August 15th at 5:30M it’s Back the Blue to benefit the Boca Raton Police Foundation. Admission includes a drink, delicious appetizers and police vehicles on display at Pinon Grill. Funds raised will enhance equipment, training and technology for the Boca Raton Police Services Department.  Back the Blue for Boca Raton Police Foundation, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15, Pinon Grille, Town Center at Boca Raton, $30 by Aug. 14, $40 at door,

– The seventh annual Clothes Off Our Back clothing drive for Women in Distress will be held on August 16th from 5-7PM at Oceans 234, 234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, $20

– The event of the summer is fast approaching “Boca’s Ballroom Battle” presented by, will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. This is the 10th annual dance showcase starring Boca Raton community leaders and patterned after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program. “This is the DO NOT MISS event of the summer as eight of our community’s most recognizable personalities take to the dance floor for a good cause. Not to mention that coveted “Mirror Ball” trophy.”

Paired with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Boca Raton, community leaders will be given a series of dance lessons to perfect a routine, and then compete for the Fundraising “Mirror Ball” trophy at an elegant cocktail reception and dance showcase. All proceeds from the event will benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Entry fee includes two cocktails (cash bar available for additional beverages), multiple & fabulous food stations at a cocktail reception.

Boca’s Ballroom Battle for George Snow Scholarship Fund, 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 18, Boca Raton Resort & Club, tickets start at $185,

– Brunch, Bubbles & Blooms for HabCenter Boca Raton will be held from noon to 2PM on August  19th at BRIO Tuscan Grille, 5050 Town Center Circle, $29,

– Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila hosts Margarita Monday for KidSafe Foundation from 5:30 to 7:30PM on August 21st. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar is located at 5250 Town Center Circle, $25 advance, $35 at door,

– Then it’s Taco Tuesday for Place of Hope from 5:30 to 7:30PM on August 22nd at the Blue Moon Mexican Café, 6897 SW 18th St., $25 advance, $30 at door,

– Don’t forget the Back to School Brunch for American Association of Caregiving Youth at 10AM on August 24th at the Lakeside Terrance, 7880 Glades Rd, $50 advance, $60 at door,

– Tuscon Grille hosts, Finding a Cure Under the Sea for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event runs from 5 to 7:30PM on August 24th.  BRIO Tuscan Grille is located at 5050 Town Center Circle, $20, email Lindsey Turesky at

– Battle of the Bartenders for Best Foot Forward Foundation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30PM on August 25th at the Renaissance Boca Raton hotel, 2000 NW 19th St., $25 advance, $30 at door,

– The signature event of the Boca Chamber, “Wine and All That Jazz” for Boca Chamber Golden Bell Education Foundation will be held on August 26th from 7 to 10PM at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, $75 or VIP $120,

– 11th annual Bowling for Bread to benefit Boca Helping Hands will be played on August 27th from 2 to 5PM at Strikes@Boca, 21046 Commercial Trail, on Military Trail,

– The final BCFD event for 2017 will be the Third annual Lip Sync Battle for Nat King Cole Generation Hope on August 30th from 6:30 to 8:30PM at Blue Martini, 6000 Glades Road in back of Town Center at Boca Raton. While I will not be reprising my tribute to Elton John, it promises to be a great evening, $25 in advance, $35 at door,

– That’s it for this week. If you have an event (past or present) you’d like me to highlight, please send me the information to  As events are being added all the time, please follow me in FaceBook at Boca Raton Community Calendar, on Twitter and Instagram at @BocaCalendar, and soon, at our new website, BocaCal!  Have a great week.

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