Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2019

South Palm Beach County Society Scene

By: Pamela J Weinroth

Where Were You This Week?

Spencer Siegel

An elite group of South Palm Beach County’s Real Men competed in a FUNdraising event, on October 10, 2019, to support breast cancer research and life-saving patient programs in the local South Palm Beach County area.

Cindy Bergman, Greg Fried, Robert Weinroth and Ingrid Fulmer

Huge thank yous to the sponsors of this event.  All the liquor was donated.  Barrel of Monks Brewing donated their signature pink beer, Whitty in Pink.  50 States Vodka, a local Boca Raton company, donated the vodka (that was tinted pink) and 2 wine distributors donated Rose’. Abe and Louis donated pink swag for everyone … on the way out there were pink Hershey’s kisses in a pink box labeled “Kiss Cancer Goodbye,” and a very special thank you to Loch Bar for hosting the event!

The bartender who raises the highest number of dollars will win a trip for 2 on Celebrity Cruises, courtesy of Scott Grody Travel.  The second runner up will win a weekend stay at the Boca Raton Resort and Club and the third place bartender will be awarded a round of golf and lunch for 4 at Boca West Country Club.

In addition, the new Rex Baron Restaurant at Town Center Mall will provide a VIP virtual reality and restaurant experience for 12 to the bartender with the highest number of individual supporters.

The FUNdraiser began on September 1stand prizes were awarded along the way (and continues through the end of October).

Scott Grody, Sharon DiPietro, Linda Paton, Arlene Herson, Francesca Daniels, Pamela Polani, Jay DiPietro, Karina Cohn, Bonnie Judson and Michele Bellisari

The first bartender to reach $500 in donations received a $50 gift card to Loch Bar, the first one to reach $1000, received $100 gift card to Lord and Taylor, at the $1500 level, the prize was a men’s dress shirt, courtesy of Ike Behar Men’s Wear. At $2000 in donations, there was a basket with gifts from Crane’s Beach House and finally, upon reaching the $2500 level first, the Real Man received 2 VIP tickets to the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl with additional swag items.

The 24 Real Men of South Palm Beach County 2019:

  • Jeffrey Bovarnick
  • Tory Buchman (stepping in for his injured buddy, David Eddinger)
  • John Cagno
  • Jon Carter
  • Randy Colman
  • PJ DeLuca
  • Jay DiPietro
  • Bryan Drowos
  • Brian Feldman
  • Greg Fried
  • Peter Gary
  • Gregg Goldin
  • Eric Jaiven
  • Jon Kaye
  • Ken Lebersfeld
  • Gary Lesser
  • Frank Occhigrossi
  • Doug Paton
  • Todd Payne
  • Sam Richter
  • Carlos Romero
  • Matt Saady
  • Spencer Siegel
  • Ken Tolchin

To date the campaign has raised $40,000.

Fundraising efforts will continue through October 31stand the winners will be announced on November 1st.

Use this link and click on your favorite bartender:

Jay Van Vechten and Kellye Cash

Jay Van Vechten, retired NYC PR man and Chair of the American Disabilities Foundation Inc. celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday, October 11th, as only a former President of one of the top three PR networks in the world could. He put on a superlative Cabaret Show!

It took place at the beautiful state of the art Wick Theatre in Boca Raton. The evening was headlined by Country Music royalty Nashville’s Kellye Cash a former Miss America and niece of Johnny Cash.

Marleen Forkas, Lowell Van Vechten, Carol Boucard and Marilynn Wick

The exciting evening was directed by Jonathan Van Dyke. It’s probably in the genes, Kellye Cash is a first-rate country singer with a captivating personality, one of those type of performers that an audience instantly falls in love with.

Some of the best Cabaret performers south of New York City turned out for his birthday.

The Cabaret show was sponsored by the American Disabilities Foundation for the benefit of The Boating and Beach Bash For People with Disabilities of which Jay is a director.

Cash presented a diversity of multitalented performers. It happened live at the Wick Theatre last night and these were the special singers and dancers who helped Jay Van Vechten celebrate his birthday and raise funds for the American Disabilities Foundations.

Halloween Happenings:

Halloween Trick-or-Train – October 19/20 & 26/27

Now boarding for a brand-new Halloween experience sure to delight your little monster!

Included with the purchase of a Brightline ticket, on October 19, 20, 26, and 27, guests can travel from the Fort Lauderdale on the Halloween Trick-or-Train heading south to Trainsylvania (a.k.a. Miami!)

Guests will be greeted at the Fort Lauderdale station by costumed characters and will enjoy a costume dress-up photo opp and character interaction and be directed to board the train.  While on the train, children will enjoy a hilarious interactive show with performers from the Florida Children’s Theater.

Upon arrival to Virgin MiamiCentral, guests will be guided by the performers to a play area in Central Fare marketplace that will be transformed into Trainsylvania where families can explore and participate in a range of activities centered around art, music, and all things Halloween including crafts, games, LEGO challenges, and other fun surprises! The experience also includes a complimentary kids meal by HOUSE OF MAC.

West Palm Beach families are invited to ride the Trick-or-Train and will begin the experience at the Fort Lauderdale station.

Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival – October 19 & 20 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!

Inclu ed 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 out their 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)

Event Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, October 19: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, October 20: 10am-6pm

Event Location: Mizner Park Amphitheater – 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

The Not So Scary Halloween Magic Show & Costume Contest – October 20 3:30 – 4:45PM

The Amazing Mr. A’s Not So Scary Halloween Magic Show & Costume Contest

In the spirit of the season, bring the kids all dressed up for an afternoon of mind-bending fun with the Amazing Mr. A, 4-Time Florida state magic champion and ventriloquist. A prize awaits the best kids costume so make sure to get your little ones looking show-ready.

Doors open at 3PM

Location: Boca Raton Innovation Campus – 4920 Conference Way N, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Additional: All ages | No purchase minimums | First come first serve seating | Free parking available on-site.

This is a Flamingo Comedy Festival event. More info at

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