Published On: Fri, May 5th, 2023

Boca Beat ed. 613th – 04/05/2023

  • The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. The Community Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that creates partnerships with donors, nonprofits and community members to solve the region’s chronic and emerging issues. The organization has more than $1.3 Million available for promising high school students who plan to enroll in college in 2023. The average award for each scholarship winner is expected to be $10,000 this year.
  • The Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association recently hosted its annual Hall of Fame & Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony and Reception. The event brought together alumni to celebrate the accomplishments of their outstanding peers, with alumni from nine of FAU’s colleges honored for their career accomplishments. Brittany Bowe, B.S. ’10, a graduate of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and Nicole Cummings, B.S. ’03, a graduate of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, also were introduced as the 2023 Hall of Fame inductees.
  • The Spanish River Library in Boca Raton presents a new art exhibit, “Fashion Grind: Illustrations Painted with Coffee,” by Jennifer Love Gironda. An artist and educator, Gironda says, “My goal is always to share my heART with the world around me and hopefully inspire others to make time to do the same.”
  •  To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of Israel, Menemsha Films is proud to announce the acclaimed documentary “Israel Swings for Gold” will make its North American premiere exclusively at the family-owned Movies of Delray and Movies of Lake Worth.
  • Supporters of Boca Helping Hands (BHH) passed go at the sold-out 2023 MONOPOLY® Event & Casino Night on April 15 at The Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, Boca Raton. Guests enjoyed music, auctions, casino gaming, cocktails, dinner, and, of course, the crowning of this year’s MONOPOLY® champion, Alain Troadec.  This year’s event was a “Glitz & Glam” spectacular, with silver accents and sparkle to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary.
  • Iliana Rentz’s personal experience with heart disease was a private tragedy for years. The U.S. Army veteran and NextEra Energy team member could never have imagined the impact she would make by sharing her story with others, or that it would make her a nationally recognized champion for heart health. At the April 19 Palm Beach County Go Red for Women Luncheon, Rentz was named the 2023 Woman of Impact not just for Palm Beach County – but for the nation.
  • The City of Boca Raton and the Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards, Inc. (GLCS), a nonprofit conservation organization that supports and funds the activities of sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation, research, and release activities (STR) at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, announced they entered into an agreement yesterday, April 25, 2023. Per the agreement, the GLCS is now responsible for the operation and management of all STR programs and related activities at the Nature Center.
  • On Saturday, May 6, American Heritage Schools is collaborating with the Lighthouse of Broward to host its third annual Heroes event, a fundraising concert and auction to benefit the blind and visually impaired in Broward County, at American Heritage Schools’ Center for the Arts auditorium. The event will recognize the heroes who live with vision impairments and the impact of the Lighthouse of Broward in their lives.
  • Hanley Foundation’s 24th Annual Golf Classic last week at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach raised more than $200,000 for the organization’s Lifesaver Scholarship Program, providing financial scholarships for individuals struggling with substance use disorders who could not otherwise afford quality treatment.
  • In recognition of its 10th birthday, PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County will hold a special celebration, while also celebrating Israel’s 75th birthday. The free event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, May 21, 2023, on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33428. Activities will include a bounce house, rock climbing wall, petting zoo, DJ, story time, and various Israel experiences. Synagogues and agencies also will have tables to visit and food for purchase.
  • Palm Health Foundation, Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health, has promoted Brandy Shaw to stewardship manager. Shaw will advance the foundation’s philanthropic and grantmaking success by building strong relationships with and between donors and grantees to inspire solutions for better health.
  •  Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has announced its summer lineup for Festival Repertory Theatre 2023. “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop, will run from Friday, June 16 to Saturday, July 1; the musical “A Chorus Line,” by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, will run from Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 30; and Big Band Hits from the Golden Age will be presented on Saturday, July 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 9 at 2 p.m. The plays all will take place in he Marleen Forkas Studio One Theatre, with the concerts in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
  • The Florida Atlantic University Chair’s Medal recently was awarded to its inaugural group of recipients at the Eleanor R. Baldwin House at FAU’s Boca Raton campus. Barbara Feingold, FAU Board of Trustees (BOT) vice chair; Scott Adams, FAU BOT emeritus and College of Business alumnus; Michael and Michelle Hagerty, FAU benefactors; Dusty May, FAU men’s basketball coach; Eric Shaw, Ph.D., FAU College of Business emeritus professor and alumnus; and Shane Strum, president and CEO of Broward Health, were all recognized. Jeffrey Feingold, D.D.S., who served on the FAU BOT for 10 years, also was awarded a Chair Medal posthumously.
  • The Owl Collective, a local non-profit that helps student-athletes navigate their NIL ( Name, Image, Likeness) experience, will hold a food drive to benefit Boca Helping Hands (BHH) in partnership with Johnell Davis, an FAU basketball team star, and other Florida Atlantic University (FAU) athletes, including members of the basketball team, on April 29th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Peter Blum YMCA of Boca, 6631 Palmetto Circle South, Boca Raton.  The FAU Basketball team has volunteered at Boca Helping Hands each Thanksgiving for the past six years.

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