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Published On: Sun, Feb 2nd, 2020

South Palm County Beach Social Scene

By Pamela J Weinroth

Where Were You This Past Week?

Lisa McDullin, Melissa Mc Kinlay and Charles Bender

On Tuesday, the Place of Hope held its Second Annual Human Trafficking, Prevention and Education Luncheon and Illumination Awards where, among the community members honored was County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.

Charles Bender, Place of Hope Founding CEO noted his commitment to restoring hope to abused children, homeless youth and human trafficking victims in our backyard.

Robert Tanen, Arlene Herson, Maziar Bahari, Pamela Polani and Robert Weinroth

That evening we joined over 700 community members at Boca West Country Club to learn more about the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s urgent work and to listen to Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (who will be the recipient of the 2020 Elie Wiesel Award at the National Tribute Dinner in April).

Bahari is being recognized with the Museum’s highest honor for exhibiting exceptional courage in bringing the truth of the Holocaust to the Middle East and being a powerful voice against antisemitism.

Bahari is the author of Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, the story of his imprisonment by the Iranian regime, which was chronicled in the feature film Rosewater by Jon Stewart.

Jon Kaye, Pamela Weinroth, John Tolbert, Bonnie Kaye and Robert Weinroth

In 2018, he released the documentary 82 Names, produced in cooperation with the Museum, which tells the story of Mansour Omari, a human rights activist who survived imprisonment and torture by the Assad regime in Syria.

Bahari is also the founder of IranWire, a forum reaching millions of Iranians each month with objective news and accurate, relevant information about the Holocaust.

The dinner also included a special commemoration, recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Sheri Zvi, Jesse Morton, Tracy Labgold and Oren Segal

Wednesday evening the the Anti-Defamation League held a Dessert and Conversation at Woodfield Country Club where ADL’s Director of the Center on Extremism, Oren Segal, had a conversation with Jesse Morton.

Morton, once a jihadist propagandist (a/k/a Younes Abdullah Muhammad) ran Revolution Muslim, a NYC-based organization active in the early 2000’s and connected to a number of terrorist cases, creating English-language propaganda on al-Qaeda’s ideology. In 2011, following his arrest and incarceration, Morton de-radicalized.

Morton now runs Parallel Networks, an organization he co-founded with the former NYPD official who monitored and ultimately incarcerated him.

Robert and Pamela Weinroth, Sheri Zvi, Tracy Labgold, Lori and Scott Berger

Morton also runs LightUponKight, an online ecosystem that utilizes a transdisciplinary network theory dedicated to combating polarization, hate and violent extremism by providing the same sense of identity, meaning, significance and camaraderie that extremists provide their recruits.

Morton is certified in substance abuse and mental health counseling, is widely read in Islamic theology and jurisprudence and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Columbia University.

The 6th Annual Brain Bowl luncheon, on Friday,  benefited the Alzheimer’s Association; Alzheimer’s Community Care; and Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Diane Shawcross, Pat McCarthy, Bonnie Hildebrand, Gary Hildebrand, Silva Alexandrov, Pamela Polani and Bonnie Judson.

As in years past, the luncheon provided an opportunity for community and business leaders to work with one another and support these important non-profit organizations.

Caring for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia poses a huge cost to those in the labor force, in terms of personal stress and lost work hours.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cost American businesses at least $61 billion a year in lost productivity, related to employees providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including Lewy Body Dementia, from which many with Parkinson’s suffer.

Did you know 1 in every 3 individuals in Palm Beach County is currently impacted by Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s remains the only leading disease in our country that has no survivors.

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February 6th -9th — Florida Comedy Film Festival

Fran Drescher (try reading the rest of this blurb in her nasally Noo Yawk accent) will kick off the Florida Comedy Film Festival and receive a Legend Award. In addition to screenings there will be meet-and-greets with filmmakers and Q&A sessions with industry executives and actors.

The festival will be at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park, 300 Military Trail, Boca Raton. The Awards Gala will be at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton.

All-day tickets are $10, $13 and $15. The Awards Gala tickets are $200. To order, call 561-347-3948 or go to

Flavors 2020 – February 6th:  6:30 – 10PM ($100) 

Junior League of Boca Raton’s Annual Culinary Festival, Flavors 2020, will be held at The Addison

This is one of South Florida’s top culinary events, 6PM for VIP ticket holders and 6:30PM for general admission.

Sponsors include The Addison, Boca Raton Magazine, Center State Bank, Delray Dermatology and Boca By Design.

Attendees will enjoy an open bar, along with live music and a performance by Fred Astaire dancers, raffles and a live auction, as well as pop up vendors. This year, guests will vote on their favorite dish by the participating restaurants and the winner will be crowned the “JLBR Flavor.” 

List of restaurants participating in Flavors: 
  • The Addison,
  • Kapow
  • Lemongrass,
  • Ramen Lab Eatery
  • Harvest Seasonal Grill
  • E.A.T Eatery
  • Loch Bar
  • Rebel House
  • Just Salad
  • Bolay
  • Benihana’s
  • Burton’s
  • Lionfish
  • The Melting Pot
  • Crazy Uncle Mike’s
  • Raw Juce
  • Two Fat Cookies (VIP)
  • Gourmet Phile
  • Poke Jay
  • Touch of Spain 

The theme for the décor is love–expect to see a mixture of reds, pinks and whites, along with a flower wall installation. Silent auction items will include staycation packages and much more.

General admission tickets are $100 and include admission at 6:30 p.m. and an open bar. VIP admission tickets are $165 and include early admission at 6 p.m., a swag bag, and a designated VIP Lounge area with a private open bar and private restrooms.

Chef Patrick Duffy from The Addison will serve as honorary executive chef. The Flavors Committee Chair is Richalyn Miller.

To purchase tickets, please contact the JLBR office at 561-620-2553 or visit

Boca Raton Seafood Festival – February 7th – 9th 

*Friday, 4 – 10PM; Saturday 11AM – 10PM; and Sunday 11AM – 6PM

Seafood from Florida coastal waters, music and a small marketplace of arts and crafts. Musical entertainment features rock, jazz, steel pan, Caribbean, R&B and more. Admission $5.

Boca Concours d’Elegance Hanger Party – February 7th at 5:30PM

Friday Night’s Dupont Registry™ Live – held at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport:

The weekend’s festivities begin with the Aeroport Party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport. The Party offers guests a chance to experience select tastings from South Florida’s finest restaurants and peruse a display of exotic cars, custom motorcycles, extravagant boats, private jets, luxury motor coaches, premier vendors and more at the Boca Raton Airport. – Atlantic Aviation, 3700 Airport Rd Boca Raton, FL 33432

21st Annual Everglades Day Festival – February 8th at 9AM

Everglades Day Website:
For information about Everglades Day, please call (561) 734-8303.

FREE Activities
Wildlife Presentations • Canoeing • Fishing Demos • Birds of Prey • Music • Educational Programs • Guest Speakers • Español Presentations • Food Trucks • Interactive Activities • LILA Tours • Explorations • Over 30 exhibitors from agencies, clubs, and non-profit organizations.

FREE Parking and Shuttle
Free parking is available off of State Road 7/US 441 at West Delray Regional Park, 10875 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33446. A free shuttle will transport event goers to and from the festival.

For more information on these or other events, visit

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