Scene + Heard
Scene + Heard
The Cause: This year’s annual Mother’s Day Luncheon held at the Polo Club of Boca Raton honored Bernice Wenger as Woman of the Year with a prestigious award. Nearly 500 women attended the event, which helped to raise more than $200,000 to help continue
JAFCO’s mission of caring for abused and neglected children and those with developmental disabilities in South Florida.
The Cause: The second annual Art Boca Raton was held in the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches at the Research Park on the grounds of Florida Atlantic University. Four hundred art collectors celebrated the contemporary fair with 40 gallerists during a special preview vernissage to benefit the Boca Raton Museum of Art and its Art School.
The Cause: Jewish community members came together at Boca Rio Golf Club for the Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County’s annual “Granting Wishes” cocktail reception, in which $100,000 in grant awards were announced. Guests listened to members share stories on how their lives have changed from JWF support. The evening also included hors d’oeuvres, food stations, desserts and wine.
The Cause: The Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach hosted its fifth annual dinner at the Seagate Country Club with a “Red, White and Blue” theme as a tribute to the armed forces. Muriel Losee-Pratt received the Forrest and Frances Lattner Award, the “Be Great Award,” which recognized Losee-Pratt for her achievements. The dinner raised more than $100,000.
The Cause: A gathering of more than 600 guests clad in jeans and boots joined together at Boca West Country Club for the third annual Doggie and Kittie Ball. Guests enjoyed a culinary extravaganza and live entertainment featuring renowned vocalist Dawn Marie. Funds from the event will benefit TCAR and its emergency medical fund.
The Cause: The Eda and Cliff Viner Scholars Foundation awarded 35 new four-year scholarships in the Boca Raton/Delray Beach community, totaling more than $1 million. The scholarships were given out at a reception held at Boca West Country Club where more than 150 students, their families and mentors were in attendance.
The Cause: A crowd of more than 200 supporters gathered at the Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach for the second-annual gala, which supports the non-profit’s mission to protect and rescue sexually abused and exploited children. Highlights included special guest John Walsh, host and creator of “America’s Most Wanted,” a performance by singer/songwriter Jamie Floyd and an auction hosted by Dana Goldberg.
The Cause: One of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Florida chapter’s signature events, the Book of Hope Luncheon helped to raise $203,000 for the organization. Guests spent a fun afternoon at the Boca Raton Resort & Club listening to keynote speaker and author Michael Tonello, and could enter a raffle to win a rare Hermes bag. Attendees also recognized this year’s Hope Award recipient, local Crohn’s & Colitis crusader Wendy Greenhut.
The Cause: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse held its annual luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, focusing on the strength, courage and determination of women. Guest speaker Lily Rose Lee, formerly Michelle Knight, the first of three women abducted by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, recounted the story of her years in captivity and her escape. Proceeds from the luncheon’s silent auction benefit AVDA’s life-saving services.
The Cause: More than 120 physicians and medical professionals were recognized at the annual luncheon held at Boca West Country Club, which raised $90,000 to fund the Helen M. Babione Medical Scholarship. The scholarship benefits medical and nursing school students attending four local universities: Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University; Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU; Lynn University; and Palm Beach State College.
The Cause: The golf tournament, held at Boca Raton Resort & Club, helped to raise $180,000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to grant the wishes of 36 children who have life-threatening medical conditions. Participants enjoyed breakfast and lunch buffets, a silent auction, raffles and gifts for golfers.
The Cause: The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s annual signature fundraiser was reformatted to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, Glasstress Boca Raton. The two-part event first featured an Ultimo wine night at the Highland Beach oceanfront residence of Francis Feeney and Arina Heath, with wine tastings and a presentation of Bulgari jewelry. The Carnevale di Venezia party at the Museum followed with entertainment and a moveable feast surrounding the new artwork.
The Cause: To celebrate the festival’s 22nd year, The Little Chalet in Boca Raton hosted a kick-off party for patrons to experience the restaurant’s new menu and try some tasty bites. The Palm Beach International Film Festival will conclude on April 2.
The Cause: A group of more than 400 Delray Beach and Boca Raton community members attended a red carpet grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at Harvest Seasonal Grill + Wine Bar, a farm-to-table eatery and wine bar owned by PA-based Dave Magrogan Group. Guests tried a variety of seasonally inspired plates while live music entertained the crowd. The event raised more than $3,000, which will benefit City House and Empty Bowls, a Palm Beach County Food Bank initiative.
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