Published On: Sun, Sep 24th, 2017

Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Donates Mayors Ball Funds To Those In Boca Raton Effected By Hurricane Irma

From left: Rotary District 6930 Governor Dave Freudenberg, Vital Flight Pilot Rotarian Tom Powers, Marathon Rotary Club President Angelia Fox, Marathon Rotary Club Past President Johnny Johnson, Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Presidential Nominee 2019-20 Dr. Allen Konis delivering gift cards.

Photos supplied by Dr. Allen Konis

The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton announced today that due to the immediate need in the Boca Raton community in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Club will donate all funds raised from its 3rd Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball “Chance To Win” ticket sales to hurricane relief. The “win, win” opportunity gives buyers the chance to win $14,000 in prizes as 100% of the proceeds will fund IRMA-related recovery efforts by Boca-based nonprofits.

“Chance to Win” tickets at $50 are on sale online at or through Downtown Boca Raton Rotarians and at the Mayors Ball; winners will be announced at the Ball and do not need to be present to win.  The $14,000 worth of “Chance To Win” prizes include a custom-designed necklace donated by Cristino Fine Jewelry plus staycations at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Waterstone Resort & Marina with a gift card to Ocean234, Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel and vacations at winners’ choice between two Blue Green Vacation Resorts.

The announcement follows the Downtown Boca Raton Club’s donation this past weekend of $5,000 in Home Depot and Publix gift cards to residents in need in Marathon Key. Two Downtown Boca Raton Rotary Club members, District Governor for 6930 Dave Freudenberg and Dr. Allen Konis flew down in a personal plane piloted by Fort Lauderdale Rotarian volunteer Tom Powers to the Keys where the local Rotary Club orchestrated the distribution to those in need in that community.

Hurricane Irma damage in Marathon Key

“Since proceeds from the Boca Raton Mayors Ball funds health and wellness needs, we could not wait  to begin supporting those who need it the most as they begin to rebuild their lives and homes after IRMA,” said the Immediate Club Past President and current Chairman of the “Service Above Self” Fund Board Lewis Fogel.

“We recognize that there were many local folks who had to throw away groceries as they lost electric power for multiple days and might not have the funds to restock right away,” added the Club’s current President, Penny Morey.   “The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton wants to make certain that our local residents in need can fill their refrigerators with food.”

The third annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball returns as the coveted season opener on Saturday, October 14th at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.   The Ball honors the City’s elected officials who exemplify Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self” and visionaries past and present who have elevated the community. Proceeds from the Ball  will raise funds to support health and wellness needs of Boca Raton nonprofits.  Tickets to attend the ball are currently available at $300 per seat or $5,000 for a VIP Table for 10 that includes a full page color ad in the annual journal distributed to all guests.

Hurricane Irma damage in Marathon Key

The 2017 Boca Raton Mayors Ball honors the following that have each championed the tradition of bringing indelible visionary ideas and transformation to Boca Raton:

Bobby Campbell (Individual)

Florida Atlantic University (Nonprofit)

Kaufman Lynn Construction (For Profit)

For sponsorship/underwriting opportunities and to purchase Ball tickets and “Chance to Win” tickets, visit or contact Deborah Freudenberg at 561-299-1429, email [email protected]. Tickets, sponsorships, and ads can be purchased at:





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