Published On: Fri, Aug 3rd, 2018

Boca Chamber Festival Days is Back and Better Than Ever!

By: Robert S Weinroth

Boca Chamber Festival Days started off with a bang as the second annual Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Idol contest, presented by Marshall Socarras Grant, was held at the Addison. The event was great fun and raised over $2,000 for the Spirit of Giving for its Back to School Bash.

With eight semifinalists, the four celebrity judges, Kendra Erika, Adam Marshall, Carrie Simpson and Molly Vogel had to select the contestant who would be invited to sing the National Anthem at the 2018 bowl game – to be played at FAU Stadium on Tuesday December 18th. Congratulations to Adrianna Foster, grand prize winner of the evening.

A full list of the events that will be held all during the month of August can be found on the Chamber’s website at: http://web.bocaratonchamber.com/events. Boca Chamber Festival Days 2018 boasts two-dozen events. Here are just a few:

The mission of the Spirit of Giving’s 10thannual “Back to School Bash” is to prepare at-risk children in our community with the tools they need to succeed for the upcoming school year.  The event will be held on Saturday, August 4th at the Delray Beach Village Academy where students will select backpacks and grade-appropriate supplies, uniforms, and shoes.  In addition, haircuts, physicals, health screenings, medical resources and community information are provided.

If you like fondue you’ll love the 7th annual FondueRaiser on Tuesday, August 7th from 4:30–10PM at the Melting Pot (5455 N Federal Hwy Boca Raton). Make it a date night or family. The Melting Pot will donate 50% of all food and drink sales from this to the Lynn Cancer Institute’s League of Ribbons

If you like to laugh, don’t miss “Feed Your Funnybone,” a night of fun and philanthropy at the Pavilion Grille (301 Yamato Rd Boca Raton) on Thursday August 9thfrom 5:30–7:30PM, supporting the programs and services of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services. You’ll laugh ‘til it hurts, while watching 4 funny comedians. Reserve your seats now at: www.RalesJFS.org/funnybone/.

On Friday August 10thit’s “CARE-a-o-ke for a Cause!” Sing Your Heart Out to show you CARE with all proceeds benefiting American Association of Caregiving Youth. The fun begins at Strikes@Boca from 5:30–7:30PM (21046 Commercial Trl Boca Raton).

“Boca’s Got Talent” returns on Monday August 13thfrom 5:30–7:30PM at the Hyatt Place Boca Raton (100 E Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton) featuring local professionals who sing, dance and perform other unique acts, the events will benefit the Faulk Center for Counseling. Advance registration at:

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E200827&id=19.

“Back the Blue,” benefiting the Boca Raton Police Foundation will be held on Wednesday August 15thfrom 6–8PM at Ouzo Bay (201 Plaza Real Boca Raton). Admission includes two drinks, Mediterranean appetizers, silent auction and great networking with extended happy hour specials available.  Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door.  Funds raised enhance equipment, training and technology to impact officer readiness for the Boca Raton Police.

Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center will host Battle of the Bartenders, a celebrity bartending event benefitting Best Foot Forward, on Friday, August 17thfrom 5:30–7:30PM. Local celebrities will be serve wine, beer and a specialty signature drinks.  All tips and a portion of ticket sales from the evening will be donated to Best Foot Forward to provide academic support to children in foster care. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $25 until August 16th/$30 at the door. Ticket price includes two drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  Please register at: www.BestFoot.org.

Brand new this year, its the “Bingo & Beer Bash” on Sunday, August 19thfrom 4:30–6:30PM benefiting ChildNet whose mission is to protect abused, abandoned and neglected children in the local community. Register now at: www.ChildNet.us/portal/upcoming-events?EV=192.

“Margarita Monday” on August 20thwill benefit the KidSafe Foundation. The event at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar (5250 Town Center Cir Boca Raton) is from 5:30–7:30PM. Tickets in advance are $25/$35 at the door and include two signature drinks and Rocco’s favorite appetizers! Register at:

https://app.etapestry.com/cart/KidSafeFoundation/default/index.php.

The nautical themed art auction and wine extravaganza, “Hook, Wine & Sinker” takes place on Thursday August 23rdfrom 6–9PM. Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center (201 Plaza Real Boca Raton) will be turned into a Cork-Popping, Paint-Dropping Extravaganza. Guests will mingle and socialize with community members and local artists while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres paired with exceptional wines and experience live and silent auctions with 100% of all proceeds benefitting Twin Palms Center for the Disabled which provides a unique day program for individuals diagnosed with developmental delays, by offering social, academic, and daily living skills training in a safe and secure learning environment.

On Sunday August 26thfrom 2–5PM Boca Helping Hands will hold its 12thAnnual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive! It’s an afternoon of fun, food and bowling benefiting local children’s based nonprofits. Get your team together to bowl in the tournament or sponsor a lane for the children from local non-profits. To register or for more information go to: www.bocahelpinghands.org/Bowling_For_Bread

Treat the family or friends to taste a part of Italy at Steve’s Wood Fired Pizza  (9180 Glades Rd Boca Raton) where they will be crafting personal pizzas and sampling wines from a wide range of vineyards. Expect pizza tossing demonstrations and some new pizza building skills all to benefit the United Way of PBC. All guests (age permitting) will be entered into a raffle to win a basket of wine. Tickets include a custom-made pizza, and the option of a wine tasting. $30 in advance for pizza and a wine flight/$40 at the door for pizza; $10 for children 12 & under $10.

Connected Warriors will hold its Red, White, & Brew event on Saturday August 28that the Connected Warriors HQ in (4950 Communication Ave Ste 115 Boca Raton) at 5:30PM. RSVP at: www.connectedwarriors.org/RWB

The Lip Sync Battle returns to the Blue Martini in the Town Center on Wednesday August 29thfrom 6:30–8:30PM funds and awareness are raised to support the Nat King Cole Generation Hope mission to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources. Guests can expect an evening filled with spectacular lip-syncing performances performed by Local Celebrities & Community Supporters. Guests will receive a drink ticket, Happy Hour and Ladies Night specials, exciting prize drawings and great company as they help choose the winner! Attendees are encouraged to bring and donate new or gently used brass, woodwind, percussion or string instruments which will be refurbished and distributed to organizations or schools who serve children who are in need.

Donations made in honor of contestants are tax deductible and will be counted in the overall scoring of each contestant.

The Boca Chamber of Commerce, which prides itself as being the largest Chamber in Palm Beach County, with over 1,400 member companies representing over 55,000 employees, created the Boca Chamber Festival Days, as an outreach to the non-profit community.

Non-profit Chamber Members are paired with for-profit Chamber Members to hold events throughout the month of August to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit member’s philanthropic efforts. Throughout the month, residents are offered an eclectic array of events – from the intimate to the grand! The Chamber helps to facilitate these events that are created and run by a pairing of non-profit members with for-profit members.

This quite an eclectic list of events – something for everyone. Hope to see you there.

(Photos Courtesy of Ron Elkman – All Rights Reserved)

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 26 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman and former member of the City Council where he served for four years. Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. Weinroth, who is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey, served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services INC (FREEDOMED®), an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth was elected president of two homeowners associations (Boca Falls HOA and Briarcliff at Woodfield Country Club HOA) and has served as a Board member of the Bay Winds HOA. He was also appointed to serve on the Safety & Security Committee at Woodfield Country Club HOA, its finance committee and the Club by-laws, long-range planning and finance committees. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15 th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. Weinroth has also served on the boards of two synagogues, most recently B’nai Torah Congregation where he served as Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee. He was elected to the School Advisory Councils for Waters Edge Elementary and Olympic Heights High School and the Donna Klein Jewish Academy board. In 2014 Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council where he served as CRA Vice- chair and Deputy Mayor during his tenure. He was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach transportation Planning Authority, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities.

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