Published On: Mon, Jul 1st, 2019

South Palm Beach County Social Scene

By: Pamela J Weinroth


Melissa Perlman and Robert Weinroth

This summer, Maccabi USA Future Leaders Forum will host a series of “Maccabi Fun Runs” across the country, in partnership with 20+ Maccabi Clubs in Europe, Israel and South Africa, as part of the Global Maccabi FLF Movement.

Last Sunday morning, at Spanish River Athletic Center, was one of the first of four Maccabi Fun Runs in the USA. Three other US cities and 20 cities in Europe and Africa also hosted Fun Runs on Sunday in their respective communities! Maccabi USA FLF Fun Runs will be held in DC, Raleigh and Philadelphia in the near future.

County Commissioner Robert Weinroth presented a proclamation, unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners, declaring June 23, 2019 as Maccabi FunRun Day in Palm Beach County.

This summer, Maccabi FunRuns will also be sendoffs for Maccabi USA athletes who will be traveling to the European Maccabi Games in Budapest and the Pan Am Maccabi Games in Mexico City, to represent Maccabi USA.

Congratulations Melissa Perlman on the success of this inaugural event!

Mary Stern, Pamela Weinroth, Patricia Duch, Brandi Abrahams, Kim Champion and Nancy Wilkinson.

Monday evening, Boca Raton’s event planner, Patricia Duch, held a fashion and trunk show for the South American sister design team, Las Buttner. Las Buttner is a brand that seeks to highlight the figure and enhance the attitude of women, offering innovative designs created with high quality fabrics that help highlight the virtues of each woman.

Gloria Hosh, Joanne Polin, Luis Alberto Fernandez, Amy DiNorscio, Patricia Buttner, Robert Tisdale, Kim Champion and Noslen Dilla.

Sisters Patricia and Karina Buttner created the brand in 2007, fulfilling a childhood dream, when they made dresses for their dolls, inspired by a very talented mother in sewing.

With great passion and dedication, the Buttner sisters and their entire team are committed to the entire production process, taking care of all the details of design and quality in order to create unique and exclusive garments for each woman.

Also, a big thank you to Rebekah Herrema Watkins for hosting the event in her home, to Gloria Hosh for the yummy Christino Chocolates and to Joseph Cardaro for his culinary delights.

Jill Kravitz, Karina Cohn, Randi Winter, Lucie Pinto and Ilene Becker

Jim Tisdale, Pamela Polani, Shari Cohen and Sherry Rawiszer

JAFCO’s Planned Giving Council hosted a Happy Hour at Mario’s in Boca Raton on Tuesday evening.  We had the opportunity to network, mingle, eat, drink and, of course, support the children of JAFCO.

JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with disabilities in the Jewish community and to work in partnership with families and the entire community. It is JAFCO’s philosophy the care of children in the community is their responsibility, one they accept with joy, pride, and love.

Robert Weinroth, Doug Mosley, Constance Scott and Trey Wingo

JAFCO’s vision is to provide a model child welfare program which can be replicated by other communities around the country providing a full continuum of high-quality family preservation, case management, foster care, adoption, emergency shelter, group home, independent living, therapy, mentoring, family enrichment, and respite services to both typical and special needs children and their families. We believe that the care of children in our community is our responsibility, one we accept with joy, pride and love.

The Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl held its annual sponsors’ luncheon at the Breakers Palm Beach, powered by Ford.

After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will be in a different place on the calendar and dial this year. The 2019 edition will kick off at on Saturday, December 21, and will be televised on ABC.

The game will be played at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and will be carried nationally on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3.

“While we really enjoy our traditional Tuesday evenings for the game, this year we will move ‘Boca’s biggest annual outdoor party’ onto what is typically a perfect-weather day during that time of year,” according to Doug Mosley, Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl executive director.

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.

Stay tuned for a full schedule of events leading up to the playing of this year’s game.

Sharon DiPietro

Laurie Dubow and Susan Brotman

Spent Thursday lunch with The Women for Excellence.  They are a professional women’s organization in Boca Raton. Their monthly luncheons, quarterly events, and professional speakers enable women to grow professionally while making important and meaningful personal contacts and friendships. Their membership is comprised of women from all areas of the business world. They welcome guests to the monthly meetings. Each meeting features a guest speaker and a full buffet lunch.

This month’s speaker was introduced by President Laurie Dubow. Sharon DiPietro, Chair of the Board of Director’s for TriCounty Animal Rescue highlighted the new pet hospital, which had its ribbon cutting last week, a 9,000 square foot facility capable of performing many of the necessary surgeries for the rescued animals.  The new clinic is named for Lois Pope, a philanthropist in Palm Beach County.  “We are proud to have named the new hospital the ‘Lois Pope Pet Clinic.’  Lois has been supporting Tri-County for more than 20 years and her incredibly generous gift will enable us to save the lives of many more dogs and cats, now and in the future.”

For more information on membership to The Women for Excellence, send an email to Barbara Manus at:

[email protected]

The Rotary Club of Boca Raton is the city’s oldest Rotary Club, having been founded in 1957.  It’s been “Changing Lives and Building Futures” for young people both locally and internationally.

Outgoing President, Don Londeree, spoke about the work accomplished during the past year.

A few of their local projects are:

  • annually raising funds for scholarships for deserving & needy students through their OPAL Awards night,
  • providing a venue through their Future Stars Performing Arts competition so students may display their talent for future schools,
  • distributing dictionaries to Boca Raton public school third graders,
  • supporting the Carousal at Sugar Sand Park,
  • gifting $50,000 to the Children’s Services Section of the Downtown Library,
  • supporting and volunteering at the Place of Hope, Florence Fuller & BocaHelping Hands,
  • providing a safe fence around the Boca Raton Children’s Museum,
  • for over 50 years sponsoring “Youth Government Day” in Boca Raton where the students replace the Mayor and the City Council to learn & discuss issues in governance, and
  • presenting the “I Like Me” program to enhance self-esteem and early reading skills for Kindergarteners as well as many more projects.

Claudia DuBois,Don Londeree and Vanessa Havener

The Club’s primary and largest annual project provides scholarships and mentors to deserving college bound students and after graduation to help these students with job placement.

Since its inception, the Rotary Fund has supported over 320 worthy students and raised over $1.2 million for scholarships.

Don thanked the membership for their hard work and generosity and Vanessa Havener was sworn in as the Boca Raton Rotary’s 63rd President.

Congratulations Vanessa, and best wishes for a year filled with fun, laughter, friends and spectacular success!


Boca Chamber Festival Daysis the Boca Chamber’s outreach to the non-profit community. Non-profit Chamber Members join forces with for-profit Chamber Members to hold events during the month of August. The goal is to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit member’s philanthropic efforts all month long. South Florida residents travel from event to event, participating in everything that is great about Boca Raton.

Here is the lineup for August:

August 1:  Cheribundi Boca Bowl Idol Contest:  a competition to find the singer for the National Anthem at the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl on December 21, 2019 for Spirit of Giving to be held at Boca Raton Innovation Campus

August 5:  Boca’s Got Talent:  a talent contest showcasing the best of Boca Raton for Faulk Center for Counseling to be held at Crazy Uncle Mike’s

August 7:  FondueRaiser for Lynn Cancer Institute at The Melting Pot

August 8:  Soleil Warriors:  a performance featuring aerial and acro yoga as well as singing and a salute to patriotism for Connected Warriors at the Wick Theater

August 10:  Guided Tour of the Historic Boca Raton Resort for the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum

August 12:  Back the Blue:  police equipment and technology demonstration for the Boca Raton Police Foundation at Prezzo’s

August 13:  Feed Your Funny Bone:  a comedy show for Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services at FAU College of Business Atrium

August 14:  Bingo for a Cause for American Association of Caregiving Youth at [email protected]

August 16:  Caribbean Dreamin’ Party for Be Like Brit Foundation at 50 Ocean in Delray Beach

August 18:  Beer and Bingo Bash for ChildNet at Maggiano’s Little Italy

August 19:  Margarita Monday for KidSafe Foundation at Rocco’s Tacos Boca Raton

August 20:  Midsummer Cosmos Party:  Come and view Carol Prusa’s recent sculptures and drawings. This is a reflection on the subject of cosmology and deep space in the form of light-speckled domes, 3D glowing orbs, and silverpoint drawings. The Party will benefit and be held at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

August 23:  Battle of the Bartenders for Best Foot Forward to be held at the Boca Raton Marriott

August 24:  Wine and All That Jazz for the Golden Bell Education Foundation at the Boca Raton Resort

August 25:  Bowling for Bread for Boca Helping Hands at [email protected]

August 26:  Sips and Sushi for Place of Hope Rinker Campus at Benihana’s

August 27:  Lip Sync Battle for Nat King Cole Generation Hope to be held at Crazy Uncle Mike’s

August 28:  Taste of the City for FAU’s Center for Autism & Related Disabilities to be held at Center State Bank.

Hot off the press:  

Here’s a “to date” list of the Social Calendar for the 2019-20 Social Season:


August 1-31: Boca Raton Chamber Festival Days
August 5: White Coats for Care
August 24: Boca Raton Chamber’s Wine and all that Jazz
September 14: Brazilian Independence Day Gala Dinner
September 20: Boca Ballroom Battle for George Snow Scholarship Foundation
September 28: Golden Bell Battle of the Bands for Boca Chamber Foundation
October 4: Heart and “Soles” Gala for American Association of Caregiving Youth

October 14: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Golf Tournament

October 10:  Real Men Wear Pink Bartender Battle
October 16 Soroptimist Women of Distinction
October 16: Impact 100PBC Kick off

October 17: JAFCO In My Shoes Luncheon
October 18: Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Go Pink Luncheon

October 18: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wine Opener
October 26: Boca Raton Chamber’s Ball
October 27: Making Strides for Breast Cancer
October 31: Halloween at The Addison.

November 2:  Place of Hope Rinker Campus Hope Bash

November 3:  Boca Ballet Theatre’s A Princely Affair

November 4:  Women of Grace Luncheon

November 6:  Boca Historical Society Walk of Recognition

November 7: Faulk Center Community Impact Awards
November 8: Junior League Woman Volunteer of Year
November 9: Connected Warriors Gala
November 10: Walk to End Alzheimer’s
November 16: Downtown Boca Raton Rotary’s Mayors Ball
November 23: Boca Raton Holiday Tree Lighting

December 6: FFCDC Wee Dream Ball

December 7: Jewish Family Services Gala
December 11: City of Boca Raton Holiday Street Parade
December 12: AJC Advocacy in Action Dinner
December 14: JAFCO Jacob’s Ladder Award Gala
December 21: Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
December 21: City of Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade


January 1:  Something Big Yoga
January 18:  OPAL Awards for Boca Raton Rotary

January 24: JNF Winter Connection Brunch

January 25: Boca Raton Museum of Art Gala Dinner Dance
February TBD: George Snow Foundation Cowboy Ball

February:7-9 Concours D’Elegance Weekend

February 8: Morikami Gala
February 22: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Gala
March 4: YMCA Inspirational Breakfast
March 4:  New Directions Lunch for National Jewish Health

March 7:  Unicorn Children’s Foundation Gala
March 8: JARC Gala

March 14: Bethesda Ball

March 31: Place of Hope’s Angle Mom’s Brunch

April 2:  FIDF Women’s Luncheon

April 4:  Jewel & Jeans for Bethesda West
April 4: Child Rescue Coalition Gala

April 5:  TriCounty Animal Rescue’s Doggie and Kitty Ball

April 5:  Boca Raton Rotary’s Future Stars Competition

April 15: Impact 100PBC Grand Awards
April 25: Best Foot Forward Gala

May 7:  JAFCO Mother’s Day Luncheon

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