Published On: Mon, Nov 11th, 2019

South Palm Beach County Social Scene

By: Pamela J Weinroth

Where Were You Last Week?

Barbara James, Jill Weiss, Laura McCutcheon, Barbara Golden and Kirsten Blazek

Bethesda Hospital Foundation kicked off their event season on Monday by celebrating the 20th Anniversary Women of Grace Luncheon at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. This event honored four local women whose outstanding service inspires and enriches our community.

2019 Women of Grace Honorees were:

Kirsten Blazek, American Assn of Caregiving Youth
Laura McCutcheon, Best Foot Forward
Dr. Barbara Golden, Jerome Golden Ctr for Behavioral Health
Jill Weiss, Susan G. Komen

Honorary Chairwomen were Karen Phillips and Eileen Augustyn.

Tailgate Committee Members

It was a great event at the Radisson Hotel in Boca Raton on Tuesday where the Cheribundi Boca Raton Ball held a Tailgate Party with lottsa food and adult beverages.

After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will kick off in the Florida sunshine on Saturday afternoon, December 21 at 3:30PM at FAU Stadium and will broadcast nationally on ABC as well as on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3 FM. The bowl game has conference tie-ins with teams from Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference and the Mid-American Athletic Conference.

Judges, Government Officials and Winning Chefs from Boca Raton Resort and Club

As one of 15 owned and operated by ESPN Events (a division of ESPN) the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl is the only one hosted in Palm Beach County. As a celebrated annual holiday tradition in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County that lives up to its other name, ‘Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party’, the event features all the pomp and circumstance of traditional bowl events.

It is a high-energy, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike and allows the national spotlight to shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. Bowl week activities will begin on Tuesday, December 17 with the arrival of the participating teams; days, times and sites for the team welcome parties, beach parties, luncheon, pep rallies and other bowl week activities will be released at a later date.

Arthur Adler, Eric Stein, Gary Peters and Greg Hazle

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Boca Helping Hands hosted a gathering for its newly-funded truck. BHH invited truck contributors, city representatives and staff for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and starting of the truck.

Major contributors included The Sun Capital Partners Foundation, Boca West Children’s Foundation, Eric and Loren Stein, Stoops Family Foundation, the Gary Peters Family Foundation and Charles and Robin Deyo. But every gift helped get BHH to their $150,000 goal, with donations as small as $5 and 68 contributions of $100 or less.

As a result of the outpouring of community support, the acquisition of this new truck became a reality.

The generosity of the many friends of Boca Helping Hands ensures they will be able to continue distributing over 2 million pounds of food annually to those within our community dependent on their help.

Matthew and Yamile Linderman, Shelly and Arthur Adler

The community gathered at The Addison on Wednesday to celebrate 23 years of our community’s legends at the WALK of RECOGNITION reception.

In its 23 years, the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum presented a grand celebration of history, community and leadership.

This year’s honorees were:

Joyce DeVita and Mary Czar

Arthur Adler
Kerry B Koen
George E Barbar
Dr Merrilee R Middleton; and
FAU (institution)

Accepting on behalf of his father, George Barbar were his sons, Anthony and John Barbar. Rita Thrasher spoke on behalf of Dr Middleton, George Brown introduced Kerry Koen and Dr. John Kelly accepted on behalf of Florida Atlantic University.

Our community is truly blessed to have so many who have left their indelible mark on our lives.

Robert Weinroth, Francis Mesaros and Pamela Weinroth

Thursday evening, we paid tribute to a group of honorees for their individual contributions to the Faulk Center.  Dr Virginia Crist, Dr Paul Peluso and all the members of the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton were honored for their friendships and partnerships with the Center. Their efforts on behalf of mental health truly deserved recognition.

Improving the lives of children and families, individuals of all ages for over 45 years, The Faulk Center for Counseling offers free and low-cost mental health services. Proceeds from this event will help over 2,000 South Florida children and adults through individual and group counseling programs.

Michelle Stallone

Michelle Stallone was named the Junior League of Boca Raton’s Woman Volunteer of the Year for 2019.

Stallone, who founded the nonprofit, Pinkball, to raise funds to provide mammograms and breast ultrasounds to women without health insurance was also award a $2500 grant by the Junior League of Boca Raton.

Stallone was chosen from 37 nominees that included volunteers from dozens of different nonprofit organizations.

Kirsten Stanley

In addition, Kirsten Stanley received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the Junior League of Boca Raton.

Stanley is a 16-year member of the organization, and also served as its president in 2015 and 2016. In addition to her work with the Junior League of Boca Raton, Stanley has served in leadership roles in a number of other organizations both locally and internationally.

The 2019 WVOY Luncheon was the 32nd annual iteration of the event, and celebrated volunteerism by women in the Boca Raton community.

Amy Kazma served as the luncheon’s honorary chair, and Nicole Mugavero and Lisa Warren were co-chairs. The event featured a fashion show by A.L.C. and was sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Congratulations to all of the WVOY nominees! Our community is richer for your willingness to support the mission of your nonprofit agencies!

Pamela Polani, Judy weaver, Ira Gelb, June Gelb and Robert Weinroth

We joined the fun and honored our military at the Boca Raton Marriott on Saturday evening at the Connected Warriors Stars of Honor Gala.

Dr. Ira Gelb was this year’s honoree.  Dr Gelb spoke about his commitment to improve the mental and physical health to all those affected by serving our country.  As a physician who served overseas, he is able to clearly recognize needs and aggressively pursue a solution to alleviate the pain as a result of their service.  He then, called on everyone’s help to demonstrate a commitment to never forget their unselfish experiences.

Connected Warriors empowers Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families through the practice of Trauma-Conscious yoga.

Mitch Albom in Congregation B’nai Israel – November 14th 7PM

New York Times Best-Selling Author Mitch Albom is one of the speakers at Congregation B’nai Israel‘s Speaker Series.

Jingle All the Way Holiday Tree Lighting – November 15th 5:30 – 7PM

The  annual Jingle All the Way Holiday Tree Lighting celebration returns with live entertainment, a special Santa appearance, and more!

About this Event: This holiday season enjoy a fun-filled evening with holiday performances by local choirs and carolers, photos with Santa, letters to Santa and more! The festivities take place Friday November 15 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Boca Center Courtyard.

General admission is free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy benefiting Spirit of Giving.

VIP tickets include valet parking, open bar for those 21+, lite bites from TAP42 and Rocco’s Tacos, sweet treats from Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, fast lane access to Santa, and special activities for the entire family.

Make sure to come early for a Sip & Shop pre-party event with Boca Center retailers beginning at 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Receive free gift with purchase of $100 minimum.

We look forward to celebrating with you and jingling all the way into this holiday season!

Boca GumboFest 2019 – November 16th 1 – 5PM

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Inc. is excited to host our second annual Boca GumboFest on Saturday, November 16th from 1 p.m. (VIP’s get in at 12 p.m.) until 5 p.m. at Red Reef Park (Intracoastal side), at 1400 North Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL.

It is poised to be a fun, unique, spin on fundraising events that should be a blast for the public to enjoy while raising money for Gumbo Limbo! The event features hand-picked local chefs preparing their very best gumbos to be crowned the Grand Gumbo Master of South Florida! Prepare your taste buds for some delicious gumbo chefs from restaurants Funky Buddha Brewery, Tucker Dukes, Boca Beach Club, Publix Aprons, Loch Bar and more!

Funky Buddha Brewery’s draft van will be serving beer to the guests, and a cocktail tent will be on-site with a variety of drinks for those preferring spirits! This event is a fun way for adults to enjoy the outdoors, food, beverages, and the rocking music of The Sheffield Brothers Band ALL in support of Gumbo Limbo!

Admission tickets are available right now at VIP and General Admission levels. All admissions include parking at Red Reef East! Gumbo Bucks will be available at the event to give to vendors in exchange for gumbo, beer, or cocktails so you can participate as much as you want. All proceeds from Gumbo Bucks are benefiting Friends of Gumbo Limbo. VIP tickets include a 16oz Yeti Tumbler (yours to keep) filled with your beverage of choice, an exclusive hour-long complimentary tasting (12 pm – 1 pm), a performance by The Lubben Brothers, as well as a VIP Lounge area near the cocktail tent.

Sponsors and supporting chefs/restaurants include: JM Family, Capital One, Funky Buddha Brewery, 4Ocean, Saltwater Brewery, Publix Aprons, Boca Resort and Beach Club, and more! If you’re interested in being a sponsor or a contending chef/restaurant, email [email protected]! 

LOTOS Music Festival – November 16th 3 – 11PM (Ticketed Concert)

Performing Live:
Method Man & Redman / DMX
Puddle of Mudd / The Expendables
Uncle Luke / The Resolvers
Black Sheep / Artikal Sound System

More Info at:

Mizner Park Amphitheater does NOT have a permanent box office. A temporary box office will be set up by the promoter in front of the venue, the day of the event for ticket sales and will call starting after 3:00 PM.
Outside food, beverage, chairs, and pets are not permitted

FAU Band-O-Rama – November 17th at 7PM

Hosted by the City of Boca Raton – Free and Open to the Public

Join us to hear the amazing sounds of the FAU Band. Guests are welcome to bring a chair or blanket.

Seating: Guests are welcome to bring a chair or blanket. Chairs will also be for rent inside the venue for $5 cash.

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