Published On: Wed, Dec 26th, 2018

Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Day Feast with Boca Helping Hands and Community Volunteers

By Robert S Weinroth

Families from throughout the Greater Boca Raton area were the recipients of the good tidings and cheer at Town Center Mall Boca Raton’s 3rd Annual Christmas Feast. While the mall was closed for shoppers, the doors were open for hundreds of families invited to enjoy Christmas dinner, complete with wandering minstrels, a visit from Santa and toys for all of the children.

This is the thread year Boca Helping Hands has partnered with the mall and area restraints to help families enjoy the holiday. Served by over 100 volunteers on tables adorned with flowers, white table clothes, it was a truly festive afternoon. “We redid our food court to be a nice five-star restaurant,” said General Manager Sal Saldana.

Joining the members of the Rotary of Boca Raton were members of Congregation B’nai Israel and volunteers from throughout the community to serve food and deliver the toys donated by the synagogue and served delicious food from area restaurants

Food donors included Joseph’s Classic Market, Oceans 234 and Maggiano’s Little Italy. Mall restaurants involved are The Capital Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Mariposa at Neiman Marcus and Pummarola Pizzeria.

Boca Helping Hands serves hot meals six days a week and has a pantry bag, backpack and job training among the programs.

Hot meals are offered to anyone from 11AM  to 12:30PM Monday through Saturday and 4:30 to 6PM Thursday. The main center is located at 1500 NW 1st Ct, north of Glades Rd in Boca Raton.

Gregory Hazle, executive director at Boca Helping Hands said the idea is for everyone to have access to a good meal on Christmas, “not only something but something special!”

Santa took pictures with families and Pamela Weinroth and her elves passed out age appropriate presents, generously donated, for the children.

Saldana has certainly created a wonderful tradition and sees the event continuing to grow each year.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner 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. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, 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 takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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