Published On: Sun, Oct 20th, 2019

South Palm Beach County Society Scene

By: Pamela J Weinroth

Where Were You Last Week?

Fran Nachlas and Marilyn Weinberg

Tuesday evening Impact 100, South Palm Beach County, held a membership reception at Neiman Marcus.

It was a fun, engaging evening understanding Impact 100’s positive effect on our southern Palm Beach County community from members and the grantees themselves!

Impact 100 Palm Beach County provides a philanthropic opportunity for women to join together and make a big impact. Through high-impact grant making, they engage, develop and inspire women to affect positive change.

The Soroptimist Chapter for Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach held their Women of Distinction Breakfast on Wednesday morning.  The Women of Distinction Award honors women in their communities who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through professional, business or voluntary activities. The ideal candidate is a woman who has worked in extraordinary ways to benefit women and girls, demonstrates exemplary character and leadership, and serves as a role model for other women. Women may nominate themselves or another woman they feel is deserving of this honor.

Children and Family

  • Michelle Adams* … Best Foot Forward

    Robin Bresky, Abbie Howard, Michelle Adams, Heidi Schaeffer, Helen Babione, Patricia Collazo and Christine Lynn

  • Rosie Inguanzo-Martin … AACY
  • Pat McCarthy …. Florence Fuller CDC
  • Jennifer Rey …. AVDA
  • Nicole Roman …. KidSafe Foundation


  • Robin Bresky* …. Legal Aid
  • Jennifer Jager … Spirit of Giving
  • Debbie Langston … CROS Ministries
  • Jan Savarick … Connected Warriors
  • Crystal Spears … Boca Children’s Museum
  • Tina VaLant .. Faulk Center


Gloria Wank, Roxana Scaffidi and Jan Savarick

  • Joy Banton … NSAL
  • Abigail Howard* … FAU (Human Trafficking 501(c)3)
  • Donna Korn … HANDY
  • Lisa Rabinsky … Scholar Career Coaching
  • Seton Smith … Boca Ballet Theatre


  • Meryll Bangsil … Wayside House
  • Kim Champion … Brain Bowl
  • Patricia Collazo* … Trustbridge Hospice
  • Mara Murphy … Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida

    Brian Altschuler, Donna Biase and Tim Snow

  • Fran Nachlas .. SafeSun Foundation
  • Gloria Wank … Boating and Beach Bash for People with Disabilities


  • Julen Blankenship … The Women’s Circle
  • Samantha Ramnarine … JLBR
  • Christen Ritchey … WEC
  • Heidi Schaeffer* … Soroptimist International Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach

Bonnie and Gary Hildebrand, Silva Alexandrov and Bonnie Judson

Winners in each category is highlighted*

Christine Lynn served as Honorary Chair and presented Helen Babione with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

June Gelb, Linda Rosenkranz, Arlene Herson, Jay Rosenkranz and Ira Gelb

Cindy Krebsbach, Marilyn Swillinger, Christine Lynn and Arlene Herson

On Thursday evening, FAU held their Talon Leadership Awards dinner at the Boca Raton Resort.  The award is named for the talon on an owl which is vital to its survival.  It provides stability, strength and endurance.

Together with the FAU Alumni Association and the Student Government Homecoming Committee, the evening pays tribute to the truly outstanding “Owls” who are making an impact in our community.

Talon Awards were presented in four categories: the Alumni Talon Award, the President’s Talon Award, the Student Talon Award and the Faculty Talon Award. This year the Student Talon award was given to Mariana Ribeiro, the Faulty Talon Award, to Myeongsub Kim.  Cecilia Peters was recognized with the Alumni Talon and Christine Lynn was presented with the President’s Talon Award.

Christine Lynn, Patti Carpenter and Kathy Schilling

The Christine E Lynn College of Nursing celebrated its 40th anniversary growing from an RN-BSN degree program with approximately 10 students, to more than 1,100 students in 4-degree programs on three FAU campuses.

Supporting all of the successes of FAU are the 171,000 alumni who give back, volunteer or mentor. This support, together with our community ensures its growth and endless possibilities.

Dr Ken Jeong mesmerized the audience of 1500 at the 16th Annual Go Pink Luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort and Club on Friday. Funds raised during the luncheon were ear marked to support services benefitting patients of the Eugene M and Christine E Lynn Cancer Institute.

Barb Schmidt, Patty Dameron

Ken is best recognized for his role as the Asian mobster “Mr Chow” in The Hangover film franchise.  But, way before his film debut, Ken had earned his medical degree at the University of North Carolina.  He completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans and worked at Kaiser Permanente for seven years.  He had always wanted to do comedy but his parents felt it was not a noble profession. So, while he practiced medicine during the day, he would do gigs after work at the Improv and Laugh Factory.   Eventually he was discovered and cast in his most famous role.  He has also stared in Knocked UpRole Models and Crazy Rich Asians.

Dr Ken Jeong

All of this may not have happened if it wasn’t for the strength, support and encouragement of Ken’s wife Tran.  When he was offered the role of Mr Chow, Tran had just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage 3 triple negative breast cancer.  Their twin girls were only one year old.  Despite the odds against them, Tran encouraged him to take the role which ultimately was the highest grossing R rated comedy at that time, second only to Hangover 2.

Ken told an incredible story from then until now, 11 years later.  He would fly or drive home each time Tran underwent a chemo treatment. He described how he balanced the roles of husband, father and actor.  Dr. Ken Jeong emphasized the importance for both men and women to be their own health care advocates.

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Halloween at the Addison presents “Neon Nights” – October 31st at 7:30PM

Halloween at the Addison is back for the fourth consecutive year on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Five Star Diamond Award winning event venue and historic Boca Raton landmark the Addison will open doors to the public at 7:30 PM, showcasing the venue’s delicious catering, an open-bar, live entertainment and outrageous event production.

Voted “Event of the Year” by Boca Magazine, this year’s theme is “Neon Nights” and will feature a glow-in-the-dark theme styled by Daniel Events.

Tickets are $110 for early bird (ends 9/30/2019), $125 for general admission and $250 for VIP. All tickets include entry, food, open-bar and entertainment. VIP benefits include a three-course, table-side dinner, champagne bottle service and complimentary valet parking. Please contact us directly to inquire about reserving a group table for up to 10. Dinner will be served promptly at 8:30 pm and guests will be sat at tables of up to 10.

For questions and VIP inquiries, contact us at (561) 372-0568 or [email protected]

Tickets are non-refundable. This is a rain or shine event! Proof of age is required for alcohol consumption.

Best Buddies Gala – November 1st at 6:30PM

Through Best Buddies, thousands of people with disabilities have successfully moved from segregation and desolation to a new acceptance in their family and community. In turn, Best Buddies has created a new spirit of public service for thousands of middle school, high school and college volunteers that will last a lifetime.

Best Buddies helps children and young adults with “IDD,” intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies help promote INCLUSION opportunities, one-to-one friendships, and INTEGRATED job opportunities. Donate today and support Best Buddies and make a difference in the life of a person with a disability!

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