Published On: Mon, Nov 18th, 2019

South Palm Beach County Social Scene

By: Pamela J Weinroth

Where Were You Last Week?

Cheryl Van Hare, Hoot, Pamela Polani, Robert Weinroth and Doreen Yaffa

The Alzheimer’s Association®, again, invited Boca Raton residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Walk took place Sunday, at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton.

Participants honored those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with Promise Flowers during the poignant Promise Garden Ceremony – a moving display of hope to represent the personal reasons participants come together to fight Alzheimer’s.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

While there was no fee to register, the Alzheimer’s Association encouraged participants to fundraise to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

This event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Florida alone, there are more than 560,000 people living with the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit or call 800.272.3900.

Sharon & Jay DiPietro and Arlene Herson

Sharon DiPietro was the featured speaker at the Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club this week. Her passion for animals was infectious as we listened to her detail how Tri-County Animal Rescue works its magic to nurse animals to health and prepare them for their fur-ever home.

The capital campaign to expand the facilities will enable TCAR to continue its sacred mission!

Tri-County Animal Rescue is a 100% no-kill, nonprofit 501(c)3 animal shelter working to prevent the killing of over 170,000 unwanted pets in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties each year. 

Since inception, they have saved over 53,000 domestic animals from being euthanized, placing them in homes through our adoption center.

TCAR also works with several organizations, businesses, and the local school district to educate the community on animal awareness.

TCAR believes every cat and dog—regardless of breed, gender, temperament, etc—deserves to live a happy and healthy life. Their mission aims to shelter and provide a comfortable home for all animals placed in their facility.

TCAR considers every animal that comes to their shelter a member of their family, loving and caring for them with the utmost respect and tenderness until they can place them in their safe, happy, fur-ever homes.

John Quelch, Robert Weinroth, Adam Runsdorf and Andy Thomson.

On Thursday a group of 70 leaders from the pharmaceutical supply chain industry in Boca Raton and in Palm Beach County and beyond gathered at the Boca Raton Resort and Club to present the Healthcare Champion Award for outstanding contributions to patient satisfaction.

This year’s award recipient was John Quelch, Dean of the Miami Herbert Business School. Dean Quelch is a renowned expert in the field of patient empowerment in healthcare decision-making and the implications for the doctor-patient relationship.

Presented annually, the Healthcare Champion Award is part of scwish:pharma, an industry event for regulatory, operations and marketing professionals in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Event sponsors include Florida-based Datex Corporation, Vault Structures International, Contract Pharmacal Corporation, Sartorius and Andersen Material Handling based in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Boca Ballet Theatre Dancers

‘Tis the season! Notwithstanding a few raindrops, there was lots of holiday cheer to go around on Friday. Boca Center was abuzz as families gathered to enjoy the carols and holiday decorations with a visit from Santa to top it off!

As a special treat, the Boca Ballet Theatre dancers rang in the holiday season at the ceremony!

‘Tis the season for The Nutcracker!

Have you bought your tickets yet?  You won’t want to miss BBT’s talented cast of dancers in this wonderful holiday classic! Visit to reserve your seats today! See below for details.

Lots of fun at the GumboFest on Saturday in support of Gumbo Limbo.

Participating chefs/restaurants in the Gumbo contest included:

– Chef Jeff Vincent from Funky Buddha
– Chefs Ray Dolan and Jordan Lerman from Boca Beach Club and Resort
– Chef Emerson Frisbie from The Butcher Shop West Palm Beach
– Chef Deanza Hodge from The Dubliner
– Chef Bjoern Eicken from Loch Bar
– Chef Richard Wilson from Publix Aprons Cooking School
– Chef Christopher Cartenuto from Tucker Duke’s Boca

Judges Max Lipton, Heather McMechan, Robert Weinroth and Gordon Gilbert (seated)

Gumbo cook-off judges were:

– Heather Barber McMechan, owner of Local Mom Scoop
– Max Lipton, owner and Managing Partner of Benny’s on the Beach
– Gordon Gilbert, founder of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

– Palm Beach County Commissioner Robert Weinroth

GumboFest wouldn’t have been possible without sponsors JM Family, Capital One, Funky Buddha Brewery, 4Ocean, Sharon & Caron Group, and media sponsor, Coastal Star.

The day was picture perfect! Great opportunity to support Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Inc. and enjoy several local interpretations of a Louisiana favorite.

Lana Rosenzweig, Teri Fedele, Allen Konis, Arlene Herson, Gloria Wank, Marilyn Murray Wilson and Jon Kaye

The Boca Raton Mayors Ball on Saturday evening is the one of the signature annual fundraising events of the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton. This enchanting black-tie event celebrated all that is great about Boca Raton. Each year, at the Mayors Ball, the George Long Awards is presented to individuals and institutions that have gone above and beyond to make Boca Raton the greatest place to live, work and play. This year’s recipients included Blue Green Vacations for Business Visionary, Florence Fuller Child Development Center for Non-Profit Visionary and Lynn University for Educational Visionary.

Proceeds from the Boca Raton Mayors Ball are directed to local nonprofits focused on health and wellness initiatives through their “Service Above Self” grant program. This year’s Ball was chaired by Dyana Kennedy and Michael Walstrom.

11th Annual Levis JCC Turkey Trot 5k – November 28th 7:30 – 9AM (Rain or Shine. No rain date)

Before the turkey, the parades and the football, come out and trot your stuff! Join in the fun at the Levis JCC’s 11th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk on Thursday, November 28.

7:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk Begins

8:30 a.m. Youth 1 Mile Fun Run Begins

All racers will enjoy post-race refreshments and breakfast. The first 1500 5k runners will receive a long sleeve shirt and goodie bag. All 5k Finishers will receive a commemorative finisher medal! Gender specific t-shirt sizing is not guaranteed. Requested shirt Size is not guaranteed. Strollers are allowed. Pets are not allowed on race course. 

The Nutcracker – November 29th 7:30PM; November 30th 2PM and 7:30; December 1st 2PM

Boca Ballet Theatre will bring The Nutcracker to life on Thanksgiving weekend at the Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater. Professional guest artists will dance as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier alongside a talented cast of BBT dancers.

BBT’s professional-quality performance of this beloved holiday classic, choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin, continues to set itself apart with its accomplished cast, dazzling sets and costumes, and custom-created pyrotechnics. You will not want to miss the magic!

Santa Toy Delivery – Gift Drop-off: December 2 6 – 9PM

Drop Off Location

Boca Raton Fire Station 5 (2333 W Glades Rd Boca Raton, 33431)

Annually the Firefighters & Paramedics of Boca Raton supported by special volunteers provide programs as part of our commitment to serving the residents of Boca Raton. One of the most exciting and successful programs is the Santa Toy Delivery each holiday season. Santa Clause will arrive at your home in jolly spirits upon a fire engine with lights and sirens supported by a cast of characters. On your assigned delivery date Santa will personally deliver a pre-wrapped gift to your child and pose for pictures before moving on to spread cheer to more boys and girls in the Boca Raton city limits. This wonderful program generates funds to send Holiday Care Packages to our troops overseas as well as provide College Scholarships for eligible students within the community.

Fees:  $20 Donation Per Gift (cash/check)
Max Size:  12 x 12 x 12”
Max Weight:  3 lbs

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