Published On: Tue, Nov 19th, 2019

Over 450 “Danced the Night Away” to Support Health & Wellness Needs of Boca Nonprofits At Fifth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball Presented by Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton

Fifth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball Presenting sponsors Marilyn & Jay Weinberg (photo by Gina Fontana)

Fifth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball Co-Chairs Dyana Kenney & Michael Walstrom (photo by Jeffrey Tholl)

Coveted 2019 George Long Prism Awards Presented to City Visionaries

Lynn University, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and Bluegreen Vacations


Photos by Gina Fontana

To celebrate the City’s long, rich history and legacy, more than 450 guests dined and danced the night away at the fifth annual Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton’s (RCDBR) Boca Raton Mayors Ball presented by Marilyn & Jay Weinberg.  The Club’s black-tie gala recognized the elected officials who have exemplified Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self” and honored three visionaries who have elevated the community, all while raising monies for the Club’s “Service Above Self” Grant Program. Proceeds from the Club’s previous four Boca Raton Mayors Balls have benefited both the health and wellness needs of more than 30 nonprofits serving Boca Raton and Rotary International’s program to eradicate polio. This year the opportunity for gala-goers to also donate to the RCDBR’s recently launched pilot program initiative C.H.O.W. (Children’s Health On the Weekend) was presented; a donation of $375 feeds one family on the weekends for a full year.

Bluegreen CFO Ray Lopez accepts the George E. Long Award at the Fifth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball (Photo by Gina Fontana)

Guests arrived to a display of two rare Rolls Royce Dawn automobiles from the event’s valet sponsor Excell Auto Group as they made their way down a 50-foot blue carpet (Rotary International’s color) to the cocktail reception at Boca West Country Club. Once again the event drew Boca Raton’s “Who’s Who” of civic, business, tourism, community and philanthropic stakeholders and visionaries – past and present – spanning more than five decades of commitment and contributions. The dinner/dance festivities opened in the blue-and-gold clad ballroom with the Steve Chase Band playing, dancing, recognition of dignitaries, the Star-Spangled Banner performed a cappella by Boca’s own Billboard recording artist Kendra Erika.


Following a passionate share by Bobby Campell during which he announced a generous $100,000 donation, the 2019 George E. Long Awards – named for the City’s first appointed mayor in 1924 – designed by Tiffany & Co. and sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital were presented by
Co-Chairs Dyana Kenney and Michael Walstrom and Honorary Chairs Terry & Jerry Fedele
(a 2018 George Long Award honoree).  Photos by Gina Fontana.

Bob & Gwen Tucker, Palm Beach Commissioner Robert Weinroth, Arlene Herson, Jonathan Whitney, Ingrid Fulmer

Laura & Michael Walstrom

Liz & Jason Hagensick, Barbara Campbell, Jerry & Terry Fedele, Bobby Campbell (seated)

Bella Singer & City of Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer

This year’s George Long Prism Awards, given to those who have long championed the tradition of bringing visionary ideas and transformation

Board Chair Stacey Packer, CEO Ellyn Okrent, Dr. Patricia Anastasio, Board Members Peg Anderson, Brett Reese, Terry Fedele

to Boca Raton, were presented to Lynn University President Kevin Ross on behalf of Lynn University, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers Executive Director Ellyn

Fifth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball Producers- Bonnie & Jon Kaye

Fifth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball Honorary Chairs- Terry & Jerry Fedele

Patti Carpenter, Former Boca Raton Mayor Bill T. Smith, Bonny Smith

Okrent on behalf FFCDC, and BBX and Bluegreen Vacations CFO Ray Lopez on behalf of Bluegreen Vacations. To further recognize the achievements of

Lynn University President Kevin Ross, Christine Lynn, accepting George E. Long Award presented by Terry & Jerry Fedele

each honoree, the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum curated historical displays that were on exhibit throughout the reception and in the commemorative journal.

Club President and “Blue Carpet Sponsor” Allen Konis and Coral Springs/Parkland Rotary President Lori Ann Konis.

In addition to presenting sponsor Marilyn and Jay Weinberg, leading sponsors included ADT, Penn-Florida Companies, Barbara and Bobby Campbell, Excell Auto Group, Boca Raton Airport Authority, The Wechsler Foundation, GEO Group, E. M. Lynn Foundation, ScriptAssist, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Sklar Furnishings, Konis Family Dental, Cristino Fine Jewelry, Scott Grody Travel, and Kaye Communications.


The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, (the largest Rotary club in District 6930) is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton Community through the efforts of “Service Above Self.” Its main mission is to support the Health and Wellness needs of its community and related initiatives of Rotary International. For more information about the Club, including how to become a member, visit


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