Published On: Sun, Nov 24th, 2019

South Palm Beach County Social Scene

By: Pamela J Weinroth

Where Were You Last Week?

Cindy Krebsbach, Edith Stein, Sharon DiPietro, Lisa Mulhall

Monday evening a reception, hosted by Sharon DiPietro and Edith Stein, was held at Boca West Country Club to introduce potential new members to Impact 100 Palm Beach County. 

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

Rosita “Jo” Kaufman, Christie Calhoun, Arlene Herson, Marilyn Swillinger

Past grant recipients from Alzheimer’s Community Care spoke on the “impact” from a grant received through Impact 100.

These “parlor” meetings, held throughout the winter, allow members and prospective members to meet and hear updates from prior grant recipients.

Mark your calendar to join Impact 100 Palm Beach County at the 9th Annual Membership Meeting and Reception on April 15, 2020 at Lynn University.

Nonprofit finalist organizations will give presentations and over 500 Impact PBC members will vote to select the recipients of five “high impact” $100,000 grants.

“Our biggest dream for Impact 100 Palm Beach County is that we educate our members about the great need in our community and that we are informed and thoughtful in how we give funds back, so we can make the biggest impact possible with our $100,000 grants.”

– Co-founders Tandy Robinson, Cindy Krebsbach, & Lisa Mulhall

Rabbi Efram Goldberg, Robert Weinroth, Shelly and Arthur Adler, Pamela Weinroth and Marc Feder

Jay Feder Jewelers hosted an elegant evening on Thursday to celebrate and honor Shelly and Arthur Adler for their generosity and service to our community through the Boca West Children’s Foundation.

Boca West Children’s Foundation, last year, donated $1.13 million to Palm Beach County nonprofits that support our most vulnerable children.

Marc and Devorah Feder

The Foundation has launched an initiative that assesses its challenges and goals over the next decade. According to Adler, the Foundation’s mandate is to “identify and implement projects assisting at-risk children and their families through partner agencies in our community.”

Adler goes on to note that one in four children in Palm Beach County live in poverty. “This record amount of funding will go a long way toward feeding educating, clothing, and keeping safe and healthy more than 5,500 children in need every day.”

The Foundation has granted more than $9 million to 25 local children’s nonprofits since its inception in 2010.

Boca West Children’s Foundation will celebrate 10 years serving at-risk youth with a gala on Sunday March 1, 2020 at Boca West Country Club.

The event will feature entertainment by acclaimed late night talk show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno. Adler will be honored during the event for his decade of service to the organization and the children in Palm Beach County.

Jan Savarick, Nancy Wilkinson and Fran Nachlas

8th Annual Martinis for Melanoma, presented by SafeSun, Inc., was held on Thursday at the Boca Clinic in Boca Raton. Guest and supporters enjoyed light bites, martinis, a Silent Auction, music by DJ Sal Vecchio, and guest speakers! All proceeds will further SafeSun, Inc.’s mission of early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of malignant melanoma and other life-threatening cancers of the skin.

SafeSun is a 501 (c)3 organization established by Fran and Nathan Nachlas and dedicated to the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malignant melanoma and other deadly forms of skin cancer.

Rabbi Robert Silvers, Tom Kaplan, Rabbi Dan Levin, Ambassador Asaf Shariv, Rober Weinroth and Mark Ruben

Also Thursday evening, South Palm Beach County synagogues came together at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton for a gala dessert reception bringing together all arms of Judaism in Unity for Israel through Israel Bonds. Twelve area synagogues and the George Snow Scholarship Fund were honored for their support for Israel Bonds.

The guest speaker for the evening was Ambassador Asaf Shariv, Israel’s former Consul General in New York.

The following were recognized during the evening:

  • Anshei Emuna Congregation 
    Rabbi Pinchas & Miriam Klein
  • B’nai Torah Congregation 
    Rabbi David Englander
  • Boca Jewish Center/Shaaray Tefilla
    Didi & Jayne Sayovitz
  • Boca Raton Synagogue
    Matthew Hocherman
  • Congregation B’nai Israel
    Rabbi Robert Silvers
  • Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
    Rabbi David Baum
  • Congregation Torah Ohr
    Eileen & Melvin Greenbaum

    Tim Snow and Ambassador Asaf Shariv

  • Delray Orthodox Synagogue
    Rochelle & Robert Rush
  • George Snow Scholarship Fund
    Tim Snow
  • Temple Anshei Shalom
    Genia Kutner & Gerald Beigel
  • Temple Beth El Boca Raton
    Wendy & Steven Walin
  • Temple Beth Shalom
    Leslie Fox & Adrienne Sonnenmark
  • Temple Sinai
    Helene & Sindey Wartel

Robert Weinroth, Rachel Barcellona, Candy Spitz and Halle Moss

On Friday afternoon, Unicorn Children’s Foundation spent its 25th birthday celebrating people with special needs and those who provide services and support to enrich their lives. These actions create an enormous impact on those with special needs and our community at large. They are made by local leaders, service providers and advocates. All proceeds benefit Unicorn Children’s Foundation, a 25-year-old nonprofit, working to support cradle to career pathways to ensure the success and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

  • Champion of Inclusion Award
    Debbie Majors, City of Boynton Beach
  • Disability Employer of the Year
    Ken’s Krew
  • Employee of the Year
    Jaclyn Applebaum, Arc of PB/ Otis Elevators
  • Healthcare Provider of the Year
    Dr. Judith Aronson-Ramos, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics of So FL
  • Innovation & Collaboration of the Year
    Sea Turtle Adventures, Inc.

    Unicorn Children’s Foundation Board Members with PBC Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth holding a Proclamation honoring the Foundation’s 25thAnniversary.

  • Legal Service Provider of the Year
    Sheri L. Hazeltine & Associates, P.A.
  • Legislative Official of the Year
    State Senator Kevin Rader
  • Media Influencer of the Year
    Harold Reitman, Different Brains Inc.
  • Post-Secondary Program of the Year
    Dan Marino Foundation Marino Campus
  • Respite Care Companion of the Year
    Sierra Louk, The ARC of Palm Beach County
  • Self-Advocate of the Year
    Rachel Barcellona
  • Service Professional of the Year
    Melissa Burkhardt, Early Start Autism

    Rachel Barcellona, Robert Weinroth and Sharon Alexander

  • Supportive Housing Award
    Jack Kosik, The Villages of Noah’s Landing
  • Teacher/Educator of the Year
    Jacqueline Cuomo, Eagles Landing Middle School

Friday evening, we were at the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society for the lighting of the holiday lights throughout the zoo.

David Silvers, Robert Weinroth, Margo McKnight, Christina Lambert, Mack Bernard, Joe Peduzzi 

Zoo Lights presented by Florida Power & Light Company is sure to become a Florida holiday tradition for families and friends. For the first time, the Palm Beach Zoo was illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights. Each evening from 6 – 10pm the Zoo will be aglow with unique themed displays from the entrance through the Florida Wetlands and Tropics of the Americas. The festive holiday fun will feature photos with Santa, special animal encounters and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen featuring cookie decorating sponsored by Florida Crystals®.

Pamela Weinroth, Arlene Herson, Julie Mullen, Sung Knowles, Liz Kelly

Saturday evening the 30th Annual Pro-Celebrity Gala presented by Mayors was held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in association with the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic presented by Chase Private Client. As well as showcasing great daytime entertainment, the Pro-Celebrity offered the elegant Annual Pro-Celebrity Gala with dinner, dancing, and exhilarating live with Auctioneer Extraordinaire Neil Saffer, and featuring Barry Gibb.

Robert Weinroth with Chris Evert

Rarely is there an opportunity to be involved with such exceptional event with an even greater goal – providing the children and families of Florida the chance to live their lives free from the ravages of drug abuse and neglect.

Together, we are saving lives by creating futures. Kudos to Chris Evert on initiating this event 30 years ago and raising over $25 million to address the pain caused by drug overdoses, long before it became a matter of national concern!


Start Planning!

JAFCO Cheers for the Children – December 4th 6 – 8PM ($18)

JAFCO Planned Giving Council Happy Hour – Come network, drink, eat and have fun! RSVP here:

JAFCO’s Planned Giving Council’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the contribution of Planned Gifts to JAFCO. Our goal is also to increase support for existing programs and raise awareness about child abuse and children with developmental disabilities in the community. The Planned Giving Council has grown to include all professionals who are looking to network and give back to the community.

2019 Wee Dream Ball – December 6th at 6PM

In its 14th year, the agency’s largest fundraising event – the Wee Dream Ball presented by Neiman Marcus will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Boca West Country Club.

Co-Chairs Tracy Louv and Donna Nero along with Honorary Chairs Eda and Cliff Viner invite you to join them for one of the social season’s favorite events! Cocktail hour includes a large silent auction followed by a seated dinner and live auction. The evening concludes with an extravagant dessert buffet and a lively After Party. 

Since 1971, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC) has been a comprehensive, transformational community cornerstone providing education to children and families, ages six weeks to twelve years, who would otherwise go without.

All proceeds will directly impact our community’s most vulnerable children and their families through the power of education. Here is a little story about just one such family. Recently, the East Campus took in a set of 6-week-old triplets. They were beautiful, tiny little babies, all born premature and needing special care. Their mom and dad worked very long, hard hours to provide for them and build a future for three children – two more than they had planned for! During a home visit from a member of the FFCDC staff to the family’s apartment, our teacher was greeted with an enormous, heartfelt hug from the triplets’ grandmother who was there watching them. She said to our teacher: “The Florence Fuller Center is our saving grace. My son and his wife work so hard all day and night. I work too, and I can only watch the babies in the evenings and on the weekends. There’s no one else. There’s no one who can care for them like your teachers do all day every weekday. We don’t know what we’d do without you.”

Third Annual Ugly Sweater Cocktail Party – December 6th 6:30 – 9:30PM

Come join us for the Habitat Young Professionals of South Palm Beach County’s Third Annual Ugly Sweater Cocktail Party!

Attendees to receive (2) Drinks & “Dinner by the Bite” while learning more about Habitat for Humanity’s mission and ways that you can get involved with our Habitat Young Professionals program.

Support Habitat’s Brick-By-Brick Campaign

At Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County, the foundation of our mission is built on love, hope and dignity for our community. Each one of our principles is like an individual brick we use to build up not only our communities but the partnerships with our homeowner partner families.

When purchasing tickets, we hope you’ll also choose to support the Habitat Young Professional’s Brick-by-Brick Campaign. We ask you to help us in building the foundations of our homes by purchasing your own brick to signify your contribution in to bright future for our Habitat families.

Jingle Jam Fest 2019- December 7th 5 – 11PM

Join hundreds of your favorite friends dressed as Santa, Hanukkah Harry, and Mrs. Claus this holiday season. Located at Mizner Park Amphitheater for our 1st Annual Jingle Jam Fest. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and a VIP Tent!

No Refunds – Rain Or Shine Event.

18 To Jingle 21 To Jam – Must be 21+ to drink.

Please drink responsibly.

Drinking alcoholic beverages is not mandatory to attend the event.

Please Email: for any questions

Sponsorship Opportunities are available!


  • Guests that bring donations will receive one (1) raffle ticket per guest. Raffle tickets are to be entered into silent raffle.
  • American Assoc. Of Caregiving Youth –
  • Home Safe –

For information on these and other events visit:

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