Published On: Mon, May 27th, 2019

South Palm Beach County Social Scene

By Pamela J Weinroth

Where were you last week?

On a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon, Doug and Alexandra Karram-Feurring hosted a cocktail reception for Boca Beach Chabad’s Women of Valor.  Boca Beach Chabad has created the Women of Valor platform to celebrate the lives and share the stories of Jewish women. No Jewish woman is ordinary, and women are dominating public conversations and agendas more than ever before.  

The program features a tribute book and website designed to celebrate, share and gift the stories of Jewish women who inspire and build their families and community.

The 100-page tribute book will be edited by Lieba Rudolph and designed by interior designer and artist Alexandra Karram. Karram’s late mother Miriam, whose legacy was the impetus behind the project, is also featured in the Woman of Valor Tribute Book.

“In the fractured world in which we live, we need to hear the voices, life experiences and insight of women today more than ever before,” said Rabbi Ruvi New, Director and Spiritual Leader of Boca Beach Chabad.

“Every woman has a story waiting to be told and being included among Women of Valor is a gift of appreciation that lasts a lifetime and beyond,” said Ahuva New, co-director of the Boca Beach Chabad. “These stories spread the light of Jewish women via their experiences and highlight what is extraordinary about each of our mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends.”

Inclusion in the ‘Women of Valor’ book a beautiful gesture of love and gratitude.

Join Boca Beach Chabad to give rise to the feminine voice echoing throughout the world.

(Pictured: Alexandra Karram-Feurring and Doug Feurring)

We joined “Kiki’s Krew” on Tuesday for the 8th Annual “Swing for a Cure” Luncheon at Boca Country Club.  Guests were treated to a morning of tennis and prizes followed by a fabulous luncheon and silent auction. Funds raised will go directly to JDRF to fund research into the cure, treatment and prevention of Type 1 diabetes.

The Keynote speaker was Lisa McCourt the bestselling ghostwriter and author of books specializing in the field of personal transformation. Her books have sold over eight million copies including I love You Stinky Face and its many sequels, and The Chicken Soup for the Little Souls series.

Nicole (Kiki) Cohen, who the event is named for, spoke about her life with Type 1 Diabetes and how advances in technology have made it a bit easier to lead a normal (teenage) life.

(Pictured: Robert Weinroth, Nicole (Kiki) Cohen and Tracey Cohen)

Sponsors included:

  • Akerman LLP
  • Apple Insurance and Financial
  • Brian Lynn, C.P.A., P.A.
  • Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A.
  • Distinctive Kitchens and Baths
  • Evolution Yoga – Coconut Creek
  • Fowler White Burnett PA
  • Kennesaw Juice
  • Kogan & DiSalvo Personal Injury Law
  • Premier Group Recycling
  • Sunshine Wellness Center

On Tuesday evening, under the banyan trees at The Addison, Junior Achievement South Florida celebrated three honorees for their passion to give back to the community.

  • Michael Daszkal, CPA, Daszkal Bolton
  • Ingrid Fulmer – Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT
  • Scott Zankl, Excell Auto Group

Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success. Their volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. JA’s experiential learning inspires kids to dream big and reach their potential. They are training the next generation of business leaders, employees and consumers by providing real-world training in financial literacy including budgeting, spending, investing and the use of credit. JA offers cutting-edge skill-building opportunities that enable young people to explore meaningful, productive careers. In addition, students are taught how to start business with entrepreneurial values that strengthen workplaces.

With the help of over 7,000 trained corporate and community volunteers and mentors, JA delivers over 20 unique programs to 50,000 students in classrooms throughout Broward and south Palm Beach counties.

(Pictured: Scott Zankl, Ingrid Fulmer and Michael Daszkal)

Presenting Sponsor:  

  • The Warren Family Foundation

Other Sponsors included:

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
  • BBVA Compass
  • Ingrid Fulmer – Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT
  • Law Offices of Fred Fulmer
  • Daszkal Bolton
  • Casa de Montecristo By Prime Cigar
  • Ed Morse Automotive Group
  • Excell Auto Group
  • Foundation Flooring
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
  • AHEPA Boca Raton Chapter 487

Wednesday evening was the kickoff for Boca’s Ballroom Battle hosted by Derek Morell at Loch Bar in Mizner Park.  This will be the 12th 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 on September 20th at the Boca Raton Resort …  Not to mention that coveted “Mirror Ball” trophy.”

Paired with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Boca Raton, community leaders are honing their skills through a series of dance lessons to perfect their routines. They will compete for the Fundraising “Mirror Ball” trophy at an elegant cocktail reception and dance showcase.

All proceeds from the Ballroom Battle will benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund.

(Pictured: Cindy and Tim Snow)

2019 Boca’s Ballroom Battle Community Dancers are:

  • Margaret L. Blume – Philanthropist
  • Jason Hagensick – President & CEO, YMCA of South Palm Beach County
  • Fran Nachlas – OR Nurse, Boca Raton Outpatient Surgery & Laser Ctr, President, SafeSun Foundation
  • Tim Quinn – Celebrity Makeup Artist, Giorgio Armani Beauty
  • Diana Riser – President, Pace Advertising
  • Jody Saffert – Director, Organizational Development & Effectiveness, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • Dr Minelle M Tendler – Owner, Tendler Orthodontics
  • Eddie Ventrice – Managing Director, BV Group- UBS Private Wealth Management

The George Snow Scholarship Fund, a Boca Raton-based 501(c) 3 public charity, provides educational grants to some of our areas brightest and most deserving young scholars. These scholarships are four-year commitments and are designed to bridge the gap between other financial aid and what the scholar and their families can afford.

The Scholarship Fund also provides the tools and services designed to benefit all Snow Scholars.

The George Snow Scholarship Fund’s mission is to help hard working students in South Florida to graduate from college by providing financial aid and wrap-around support services. Our goal is to ensure that no student is deprived of an education because of a shortage of funds or a lack of support.

To order your tickets for the Ballroom Battle, go to:

Rita Thrasher of Boca Raton’s Promise held a “Meet and Mingle” with community leaders, partners, roundtable members during Mental Health Awareness Week.  

Boca Raton’s Promise’s mission is “To identify mental health needs and resources in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County and provide education and awareness activities for early identification and access to services.”

(Pictured: Marla Kosec, Robert Weinroth and Rita Thrasher)

On Thursday evening, 30 graduating high school students received a full scholarship to a variety of Florida Universities. The Viner Community Scholarship is a program that provides South Palm Beach County High School students with four-year scholarships to colleges and universities in the State of Florida public educational system.

A mentor network is created for the students in order to provide them with the guidance and support necessary to keep them on track as potential issues arise during their tenure at college and to ensure the highest possible college graduation rates. 

Eda and Cliff Viner officially began their Foundation in May 2015 and immediately put together a team to help them get off the ground. They enlisted the talent of Dr. Donna Holland, a renowned child psychiatrist, as the Mentoring Program Director and Michael Rosenfeld, a highly respected peak performance and motivational speaker, as Student Advisor. Together, the team is able to achieve the goal of educating young accomplished students from our community.

It is Eda and Cliff’s belief that educating and providing the tools for success, will allow the scholarship recipients to achieve their goals and impact their lives, and, in turn, their families, our community and eventually our world.

(Pictured: Eda and Cliff Viner with 2019 Scholars)

Scholarships Awarded since 2015:

  • 18 scholarships in June 2015
  • 28 scholarships in June 2016
  • 35 scholarships in June 2017
  • 30 scholarships in June 2018
  • 30 scholarships awarded for 2019

On Friday, the Boca Chamber’s Business Awards Luncheon celebrated entrepreneurs and business people who not only generate economic prosperity in our community, but also have a strong philanthropic involvement.

Dean Daniel Gropper from the FAU College of Business acted as the emcee for the luncheon. Comments were made by Troy McLellan, President and CEO of the Boca Chamber, Melanie Dickinson, President and Publisher of the South Florida Business Journal and Susan Saturday, Board Chair for the Boca Chamber as well as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at BBX Capital Corporation.

Business of the Year, or in this case, Business of the Century as Plastridge just celebrated their 100th Anniversary, was presented by Bluegreen Vacations to Plastridge Insurance Agency.  Tom Lynch and sons Connor and Brendan accepted the award.

Business Leader of the Year was presented by Andrew Duffell, President of the Research Park at FAU to Sal Saldana, General Manager of Town Center at Boca Raton.

Small Business Leader of the Year was presented by Ami Zak of Unique Gifts & Premiums to Roxana Scaffidi of Florida Accounting & Advisers.

Thank you to all the award recipients, for your leadership and dedication to our community.  

(Pictured: Robert Weinroth, Susan Saturday, Dan Gropper, Brendan, Roxana Scaffidi, Tom Lynch, Sal Saldana, Connor Lynch, Troy McLellan and Scott Singer)

Coming up:

The Boca Raton Police Foundation has announced its partnership with Ring and the launching of a joint subsidy program that will provide discounts for verified City of Boca Raton residents who wish to purchase select home security devices.

The initiative aims to reduce crime in neighborhoods by investing in affordable and effective smart home security for residents.

The subsidy program kicks off with a launch event at the Boca Raton Downtown Library where eligible residents may attend in-person and participate in the program on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHEN: June 6, 2019 from 6 – 8PM

WHERE: Boca Raton Downtown Library – 400 NW 2nd Ave Boca Raton, FL 33432

WHAT: Launch Event

  • Register for the subsidy program (registrants must be City of Boca Raton residents with a valid form of ID & copy of a utility bill).
  • Learn more about Ring security devices, ask questions & purchase products on-site.
  • Purchase eligible devices and select accessories on-site. Please note on Credit or Debit cards will be accepted.

To learn more about the program, please visit our website at

Discovering AR/VR at FAU Tech Runway

Join South Florida Business and Wealth, FAU Tech Runway, FAU’s Division of Research and Florida SBDC at FAU for an exclusive and experiential event 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 6 at FAU Tech Runway in Boca Raton.

Learn why industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs are paying attention to this transformative technology. Hear from creative and technical experts who are changing the face of marketing, design and sales; overcoming complex challenges; bringing AR/VR into new industries; considering moral implications; and working on the cutting edge of AR/VR development.

Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with interactive displays and learn more about the disruptive technology that could revolutionize business. Spaces are limited.

Kicking off the Summer Series, Mizner Park Amphitheater and The City of Boca Raton will host a Battle of the Bands on Friday, June 7th.  $1,500 cash grand prize for each category: Teen competition and 20+ competition


  • 20+ Competition
  • The Cytokines
  • Coral Canyons
  • SpiderCherry
  • Del Pelson
  • Big City

Teen Competition

  • PEAR
  • Expressway to the Stars
  • Audio Crisis

Enjoy games, food, a live DJ, a Galaxy Bubble Party and much more at our free Summer Reading Kick-off Party from 10:00am-12:00pm! This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” Bring the whole family to join the fun and help us launch our exciting annual Summer Reading program! No enrollment required.

Join the Y for our 3rd Annual Baila Conmigo event – a festive celebration of Hispanic Heritage! Experience the beauty of the Hispanic culture through music, typical foods, dance, and art on June 8th from 5-9pm at the Peter Blum Family Y in Boca.

Everyone is invited to this FREE event, so bring your family and friends! We will have a Master Zumba Dance Party, live music, children’s activities corner including bounce houses, pinatas, food trucks and MORE!

Exciting news:

The 2019 edition of the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is moving to a new night and will be broadcast on a new network!  After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, this year the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will kick off at 3:30PM on Saturday, December 21, and will be televised on ABC.

The game will, again be played on the Howard Schnellenberger Field FAU Stadium on the campus of Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio.

“Cheribundi is proud to be back as the title sponsor and official muscle recovery drink for our third Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl,” said Cheribundi CEO Steve Pear.

This will be the sixth playing of the Bowl. The  five of the previous games were played on the Tuesday evening (immediately prior to Christmas).

“This will be our first opportunity to play the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl under the beautiful Florida sunshine,” said Doug Mosley, Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl executive director. This year, ‘Boca’s biggest annual outdoor party’ will be played in what promises to be a perfect south Florida afternoon.

The 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will select its two participating teams from its three partner conferences:  Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference and the American Athletic Conference. The bowl week activities will include beach parties, pep rallies, a kickoff luncheon, community outreach and other activities throughout Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.

“We’re eager to welcome a national network audience to Boca Raton for this year’s game,” said Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer. “We look forward to showcasing our beautiful city on ABC and enjoy yet another successful Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.”

“We are excited to kick off the holiday tourism season in Palm Beach County with the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl at FAU, in partnership with the City of Boca Raton and ESPN,” said Verdenia Baker, Palm Beach County Administrator. “This is our opportunity to showcase the Palm Beaches as the ‘Perfect Place’ to experience our lifestyle sports destination.”

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