Published On: Thu, Mar 29th, 2018

Robert’s Community Report: 3/29

The 7th Annual Phyllis Sandler Heart of Social Work Awards Reception was held at the Acura Club at FAU Stadium on Friday, March 23rd. Brad Sorte was recognized as Outstanding Alumus and Dr Patrick Kenny was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Field Instructor. Hearing the winners of the social work essay contest read their work offered a very personal glimpse into what drives them to excel in this field as more and more people need their help.

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers rallied Saturday in the nation’s capital and across America to press for gun control. The March for Our Lives was sparked by the murder of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14th. By design this was a day when the grownups were pushed to the sidelines to let the youth lead. Lead they did. Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez showed the power of silence, standing tearfully mute to mark the six minutes and 20 seconds of shooting in Parkland on Valentine’s Day. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 9-year-old granddaughter Yolanda showed the power of idealism, saying, “I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world, period.” The question going forward: Will this be a movement or a moment?

On Saturday night, TriCounty Animal Rescue held the 16th Annual Doggie and Kittie Ball.  The evening was tail waging good with a ballroom full of Angels & Heroes!

Just a few minutes away, there was another successful Seacoast Toast, held at Boca Country Club, benefiting the work done at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center by the Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Proceeds help sustain and enhance the education, conservation and research programs in the community and at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

On Monday at the Chabad of Boca Raton, it was a concert for Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS by Hassidic Rapping Sensation, Nosson Zand, along with words of inspiration from Hunter Pollack, brother of Meadow Pollack (one of the 17 individuals killed on February 14th. The program #Mitzvos4MSD was sponsored by friends of CTeen – Jewish Teen Network of Boca Raton.

The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton hosted the Honor Your Doctor Luncheon at Boca West Country Club on Wednesday. Proceeds from the event provide scholarship funds for deserving medical, nursing, and healthcare students who attend the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU, Lynn University, and Palm Beach State College. The Honor Your Doctor Luncheon was founded by Helen Babione, a longtime resident and philanthropist in the Boca Raton community who served as the Honorary Chair for the  20thAnnual event.

Coming up:

The Patch Reef Tennis Center will once again be hosting the 2018 South Florida Open Wheelchair Championships on March 30 – April 1, 2018. This long-running USTA sanctioned tournament hosts wheelchair players from our local area as well as statewide. The Tennis Center will also host their annual Player’s Party featuring free food, fun and live entertainment led by noted tennis professionals. The Tennis Center offers a free weekly clinic every

Upcycled Cinderella is presented at the Willow Theatre on March 30th This imaginative production brings to life the story of Cinderella in a way that will surprise and delight audiences. The wacky duo, Dustmop and Binny, “accidentally” stumble upon an audience and decide to put on a play with what they have before them. Using household items, recycled objects and physical comedy, our performers create hilarious characters, inventive settings and lively scenes. Packed with character education lessons, Upcycled Cinderella will activate the imagination and encourage audiences to use teamwork, friendship and creativity in their everyday lives.

This weekend, many of our residents will be celebrating the holidays of Good Friday, Passover and Easter.

Join Gumbo Limbo on March 31st for short talks about South Florida’s unique animals and ecosystems every Saturday. Different topics will be discussed each week with interesting artifacts and even the occasional live animal. Meet in the classroom for these FREE presentations. All ages. An adult must accompany children under 18. Reservations not required.

Join United We Stand at Mizner Cultural Center on Saturday, March 31st for a night of laughter as comedians from the United States Armed Forces perform to benefit local veterans non-profit organizations. Show Time: 8PM (Doors open at 7PM) Tickets: $20 GA / $25 Reserved / $30 VIP Location: Mizner Park Cultural Center is located at 201 Plaza Real Boca Raton FL 33432 (next door to Yard House Restaurant) Purchase tickets over the phone at (786) 564-2291 Ages 18+ | First come first serve GA Seating

The Boca Raton Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 1PM in the BRGC clubhouse locate at 4281 NW 3rd Ave Boca Raton. Lorraine Conover, President of the Boca Raton Orchid Society, will present a hands-on workshop – “Still Scared to Mount Your Orchid?” This meeting is free and the public is welcome. For more information or call 561-395-9376.

A Conversation with Dr. David Dalin, author of Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7PM in the Cohen/Friedkin Sanctuary at Congregation B’nai Israel.  Dessert Reception & Book Signing will follow the event. Members: Free Community Guests: $25 Students & Military with ID: $10

On April 4th Patch Reef Park will host the Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection, which features the largest eclectic, transportation collection in the world. This is where Batman parks his car & James Bond stores his autos, planes & helicopters! The collection includes cars owned by Hollywood stars and cars used in movies, like Fast & Furious, The A Team, Grease, Back to the Future, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and hundreds more. During a two-hour guided tour you will see may of the rarest cars in the world, from 1901 on up through the decades, as well as motorcycles, boats, mopeds and scooters. After the tour, enjoy lunch on your own at the 50’s Style Retro Diner. Trip includes light refreshments prior to trip, admission, tour and round-trip motor coach transportation to and from Patch Reef Park. Please arrive at Patch Reef Park for check-in by 8:00am.  Cost: $47 per person Pre-registration required for participating adults. You may register in-person or online.
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The calendar is jam packed. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter at @BocaCalendar and check out our new website,

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