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Published On: Fri, Mar 10th, 2023

Boca Beat ed. 605th – 03/10/2023

  • Conference USA announced its major award winners and all-conference teams for the 2022-23 men’s basketball season on Tuesday. The Florida Atlantic University men’s basketball team was well-represented after an incredible campaign in which the Owls went 28-3, 18-2 in conference play and earned the regular season C-USA Championship. FAU head coach Dusty May was selected as Conference USA Coach of the Year to lead the Owls. Johnell Davis was tabbed as Sixth Player of the Year and was chosen First Team All-C-USA. Joining Davis on the First Team was Alijah Martin, and Vladislav Goldin rounded out the Owl honors with a Third Team All-C-USA selection.
  • Business colleges and schools across the nation infuse executive level experience, knowledge and best practices into curriculums through executive-in-residence programs. Furthermore, these programs offer unique perspectives into students’ learning experiences and opportunities to engage with accomplished professionals from the business community. Lynn University leadership carefully hand-selects each member of its executive-in-residence program based on matching criteria and the specific needs of the university at a particular point in its academic timeline. Executives can then teach dedicated courses or contribute as guest speakers and share best business practices with students, a philosophy that Executive-in-Residence Jerry Fedele takes particular pride in.
  • Feeding South Florida®, the leading hunger-relief organization in South Florida, is excited to announce its Fourth Annual “Feed Your Creativity” Art Competition. Elementary, middle, and high school students throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties are invited to participate for the opportunity to have their artwork displayed on one of Feeding South Florida’s semi-trailer truck wrap – a 36-foot moving billboard that travels throughout South Florida.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University recently celebrated its annual Women of Distinction luncheon at The Breakers Palm Beach, honoring philanthropists Mary Fairbanks Freitas and Monika Preston for their leadership and community contributions to Palm Beach County. More than 300 guests attended the celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The event was chaired by Frances Fisher. 
  • Six prominent local women will help advance heart health and raise lifesaving funds to fight their No. 1 health threat with the American Heart Association, devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, as members of its Palm Beach County 2023 Woman of Impact class. In a related program, local teen Eva Vukusich is Palm Beach County’s first Teen of Impact.
  • Hanley Foundation’s 24th Annual Golf Classic will tee off on Monday, April 17, 2023, at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach. More than 100 Hanley Foundation supporters are expected to come together for this year’s tournament to raise money and awareness for the Lifesaver Scholarship Program, which provides financial scholarships for individuals struggling with substance use disorders. 
  • Kijana Educational Empowerment Initiative hosted a reception to honor Black heroes, recognize student winners of an inaugural Black History Month writing contest, and raise funds for its educational facility being built in Kenya. The event took place at the North Palm Beach Country Club on Thursday, February 23, 2023. 10 new Kijana Heroes were unveiled by artist Claire Salmon, including four from Palm Beach County: Cinthia Becton, F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr., Eva Williams Mack, and Solomon David Spady.
  • Funcamps celebrates its 26th anniversary this summer in Boca Raton with more than 7,000 campers that have learned invaluable skills that will last a lifetime. This summer, Funcamps ( is injecting even more fun STEM activities as it enjoys its second year at its new state-of-the-art facility at Florida Atlantic University. Space, Science, Jurassic, MagiCamp, and the newest masterpiece, FunArts camp, will all be offered at FAU.
  • For the 12th straight year, Florida Atlantic University is being recognized as a Military Friendly® School, earning the “Category: Tier 2 Research Institution” designation”. “FAU takes great pride in providing exceptional services, programs and, most importantly, an education to our brave military and veteran students and their dependents,” said Donald Gabriel, director of FAU’s Military and Veterans Affairs. “We are honored to receive this recognition for the 12th straight year.”
  • Patrons and friends of Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) gathered Wednesday, March 1, for its 3rd Annual Spring Luncheon at The Colony Hotel. Chaired by Gale Brophy, Giselle Parry, Wendy Roberts and Lori Stoll, the luncheon was sold out and raised more than $180,000 for CHS’s Family Visitation Center in West Palm Beach. 
  •  It’s a cold, cloudy day at Manatee Lagoon, FPL’s Eco-Discovery Center, and the place is buzzing with visitors. Families and tourists stop by hoping to spot a manatee swimming in the surrounding waters, but some visitors might be surprised to learn that on the building’s second floor, 30 South Florida teachers are building robots.
  • Records were shattered recently when Boca West Children’s Foundation (BWCF) collected more than 250,000+ diapers during its 8th Annual Diaper Drive in February. In 2022, a record 180,000 were donated, an increase over 2021’s 100,000 diapers.  The diapers were donated to the Diaper Bank, Covering South Florida and distributed to non-profits caring for local babies and toddlers.  The Foundation has served as a major supporter of the Diaper Bank since 2016 as it falls within the organization’s mission to help programs that aid local children.  
  • When most students focus on acing term papers and landing internships, Lynn University student Zach Hirsch, class of 2024, is busy building his digital empire. At just 21 years old, the junior is a social influencer with over 2 million Instagram followers, podcaster, sports analyst and co-founder of Mozverse—a web development platform specializing in blockchain technology and Web3 integration.

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