Published On: Sun, Sep 29th, 2019

South Palm Beach County Society Scene

By: Pamela J Weinroth


Jennifer Richy, Helen Babione and Connie Siskowski

Soroptomist Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach Chapter held a Kick Off Reception at Clive Daniel Home for their signature event, Women of Distinction Breakfast. The Breakfast will be held on October 16, 2019, at Boca West Country Club. The event attracts 300 guests and community leaders from local organizations each year.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be invested in local charities’ projects which empower women and youth in our local community, Live Your Dream education and training awards for women, and Dream It, Be It mentoring programs for at-risk high school girls.

Jennifer Thomason, Terry Fedele and Gloria Wank

This year Helen Babione will be honored with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Christine E. Lynn will serve as Honorary Chair as tribute is paid to the women in our community who are making a difference in the lives of others.

Soroptomist Women of Distinction Nominees

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and youth through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Core values of Soroptimist International include:

Gender Equality: Women and girls live free from discrimination.

Empowerment: Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest.

Education: Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education.

Diversity & Fellowship: Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.

For more information, please send email to: [email protected]

Andrew Duffel

Timothy Rubin, Laurie Russo Sallarulo and Carlos Alvarez

The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University held its fourth annual Research Park Annual Awards on Tuesday evening. The awards celebration took place at The Addison in Boca Raton.

The Research Park awards recognized the distinguished contributions to the Research Park’s mission to create and sustain the ideal environment for innovation and invention, maximizing the academic and entrepreneurial talent and regional resources in South Florida to accelerate economic development and prosperity.

The 2019 award recipients were:

Distinguished Entrepreneur: Rodrigo Griesi, one of the driving forces behind DECORA, a Brazilian startup that was recently acquired by Creative Drive, a content creation engine. Griesi’s involvement at the Research Park at FAU and his participation in its economic gardening initiatives helped the company get noticed and acquired by Creative Drive in 2018. 

Distinguished Researcher: Borko Furht, Ph.D. has several patents pending and interesting corporate interactions that will leverage patents. Furht is a faculty member in FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and is the site leader for the NSF-funded Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement, which has been joined by several Research Park at FAU companies. His current research is focused on software designed for the next stage of video compression technology.

Michael and Stacey Udine with Pamela and Robert Weinroth

Distinguished Organization: Junior Achievement of South Florida is training the next generation of business leaders and employees by educating students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness. Its mission is to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement delivers more than 20 unique programs to 50,000 students in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Distinguished Leader: Honorable Michael Udine is the District 3 commissioner in Broward County, a position he was elected to in 2016. He advocates for innovation and knowledge-based economic development, supporting regional organizations’ initiatives. When introduced to one of the Research Park at FAU’s entrepreneurs he immediately started business development for him. In addition, Udine is a director at Legacy Bank of Florida, a small community bank assisting small businesses in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Troy McLellan, John Tolbert and Chuck Stout

The Battle of the Bands exploded on Saturday night with energy and fun as the five bands rocked the house!

Mechanical Solidarity

In its second year, Golden Bell Battle of the Bands brought together five bands made up of South Palm Beach County business professionals.

Teams traded in their business suits for musical instruments and microphones and battled it out on stage in front of a live audience! In partnership with the School of Rock Boca Raton, participants learned real musical skills which brought the house down!

John Tolbert, Boca Raton Resort and Club, was awarded the trophy for the top fundraiser, $50,000 and Mechanical Solidarity won best performance.

Thank you to all the bands for a wonderful evening which raised more money than any other Golden Bell event in its 28 year history.

Rock Lobsters: 

  • Hank Jawhari, Comerica Bank
  • Roger Romance, OneSouth Florida Wealth Advisors
  • Audra Durham, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort
  • Tara Auclair, Auclair Company
  • John C Tolbert, Boca Raton Resort & Club

Game of Tones:

  • Ken Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting
  • Elias Janetis,
  • Paul Adams, Capitol Lighting
  • Nic DeSiato, Rosemurgy Properties
  • Eric Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting

Federal Highway:

  • Casey Ademski, Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center
  • Debbie Levine, Boca Raton Police Foundation
  • Mark Toor, Computer Care, Inc.
  • Brianne Fearon, Fearon Real Estate Team
  • Dan Davidowitz, Polen Capital

Mechanical Solidarity:

  • Jennifer Jager, Plum Productions
  • Shanine Dorta, Oceans 234
  • Erick Solms, Simplitfy
  • Valentina Moretti, Samandhel Corp.

The Stilettos: 

  • Stephanie Hicks, Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel
  • Mindy Shikiar, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • Danielle Vennett, Crocker Partners
  • Barbara Cambia, Lynn University
  • Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, Allegiance Home Health
  • Jackie Reeves, Bell Rock Capital



Toasts, Tastes, and Trolleys – October 4th at 6PM

Guests will begin their evening with Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, in the Boca Raton Resort’s Cloister Garden, before boarding a trolley to start their tour.  After guests enjoy dinner-by-the-bite and signature cocktails, at a variety of Boca Raton restaurants and venues, the trolleys will return guests to the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The evening will conclude with dessert, dancing, and a cash bar at the Resort’s Palm Court.

Attire: Tropical Casual Attire

Cost: $125 donation per person

Online Ticket Purchase:

For more info: 561.395.6766 x101 or [email protected]

Proceeds from this event will fund operations of the Historical Society. 

Hearts & Soles Casino Night – October 4th from 6 – 10:30PM

Please join AACY on Friday, Oct 4th at 6 PM for their Hearts and “Soles” Casino Night. The evening will feature live entertainment, dinner and drinks, and fabulous casino games, all to benefit the youth caregivers in Palm Beach County. Tickets can be purchased via the website at or by calling 561.391.7401.


Bartender Challenge for Breast Cancer – October 10th 5:30 – 8PM

Real Men Wear Pink = Men Fighting Breast Cancer

Breast cancer affects everyone, women and men. That’s why we’ve recruited men to fight breast cancer through Real Men Wear Pink. This distinguished group of community leaders is determined to raise awareness and money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and save more lives, than ever before, from breast cancer.

The Power of Pink – Every dollar raised helps the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support. Thanks to the passion of our Real Men Wear Pink supporters, we’re able to make a huge impact on the mission to end breast cancer.

Meet your Real Men of South Palm Beach County 2019

Entry to the Battle of the Bartenders Event is a minimum $30 donation (includes 2 “pink” drinks and light bites) to your favorite bartender at:

16th Annual Go Pink Luncheon – Friday October 18th from 11AM – 1:30PM

Join your neighbors as they welcome multi-talented actor, comedian, producers writer and physician, Dr. Ken Jeong at this year’s Go Pink Luncheon, benefitting the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and presented by the Edward & Freyda Burns Enhanced Living Institute.

All funds from this event are utilized to fund critically important breast cancer detection and treatment initiatives at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Please visit for more information.

Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival – October 19th & October 20th:  10AM – 6PM

The Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival is back and more wonderFALL than ever! Join us as we celebrate all things Fall on October 19 & 20 at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton!

The festival will feature a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including a pumpkin patch with 2,500 pumpkins to pick from! Plus, carnival rides for ALL AGES!

Included in the entrance fee are unlimited carnival rides, a cornstalk maze, a dress-your-own scarecrow village, and tons of beautiful photo vignettes to capture that perfect Autumn photo.

Attendees can also decorate their pumpkins right on-site, as well as enjoy savory & sweet pumpkin delights (and delicious fair food) in our Pumpkin Food Court!

For more information about this event, please check their Facebook page, or visit our website at

Ticket Pricing:

  • $20 General Admission for Everyone 2 Years Old & Up
  • FREE Admission for Babies Under 24 Months old (does not include access to carnival rides)


For information on these or other events, please visit: 


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