Pre-VIP Sponsor/Honoree Reception Held at EXCELL AUTO GROUP Introduces Honorees

BOCA RATON, FL (October 8, 2018) –The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton has sold out its
2018  Boca Raton Mayors Ball months prior to the November 17 gala and secured Office Depot
as the event’s presenting sponsor.  The Boca Raton Mayors Ball is now in its 4
th year and will be

held at the Royal Palm Yacht Club.

In countdown to the “main” event, the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton along with Valet Sponsor Excell Auto Group hosted a pre-Mayors Ball VIP reception for honorees, sponsors and committee members at the Excell Auto Group showroom in Boca Raton.  Set amidst magnificent automobiles, attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, wines and a fantastic silent auction as they learned about the plans for this year’s Mayors Ball.

According to Mayors Ball Event Producer and Founding Co-Chair Jon Kaye, the evening will feature a red carpet arrival and cocktail reception followed by a grand epicurean experience set amidst City-themed décor curated by the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum. The dance floor-filling Steve Chase Band will return by popular guest demand for the fourth year, with a program including live and silent auctions offering rare experiences like tickets to invitation-only celebrity-packed awards events and Broadway performances with personal cast meet-and-greets. There will also be “chance to win” prize drawings with exceptional hotel and resort experiences from near and far. 

As always, the  highlight of the gala will be the annual presentation of the George Long Awards sponsored by Sklar Furnishings – named for the City’s first appointed mayor in 1924. According to Boca Raton Mayors Ball Co-chairs and Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Members
Arlene Herson and Rick Howard as well as Honorary Chair Bobby Campbell (who was a 2017 George Long Award recipient), this year’s event honors the following who have each “championed the tradition of bringing indelible visionary ideas and transformation to Boca Raton”.

  • Jerry Fedele (Individual Category)
  • Best Foot Forward (Nonprofit Category)
  • Modernizing Medicine (For Profit Category)

“Community response has been awe-inspiring for this fourth annual gala to support the health and wellness needs of Boca Raton’s nonprofits,” shared Mayors Ball Co-chair Rick Howard. “The unique type of guest comeradarie that each year crosses decades of civic, business and community leaders coupled with the exceptional caliber of our George Long Award recipients makes this gala an annual must-go-to event.”

Co-chair Arlene Herson, who has served as Red Carpet Mistress of Ceremony each year since event inception, added that the Mayors Ball “was established by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton to celebrate the City of Boca Raton’s visionaries past and present who have elevated the community and who exemplify Rotary International’s motto, ‘Service Above Self’”.  Proceeds from the 2017 Mayors Ball benefited 24 Boca Raton-based nonprofits and Rotary International’s Polio Plus Program that helps globally to eradicate polio and other diseases. 


2018 Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Sells Out 2018 Boca Raton Mayors Ball /2/2/2/2

Celebrating “Boca at its best” this Boca Raton Mayors Ball “Service Above Self” fundraiser is an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations that through their daily community involvement and business practices promote the city of Boca Raton in a positive way and showcase Boca Raton as a great place to live, work, play and educate. 

2018  Boca Raton Mayors Ball Sponsorships Include: Presenting Sponsor Office Depot joined by
Boca Raton Airport Authority, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, James & Marta Batmasian Family Foundation, Marilyn & Jay Weinberg, Bobby and Barbara Campbell, Florida Atlantic University, Penn-Florida Companies, The Residences Mandarin Oriental Boca Raton, 101 Via Mizner, ADT, Geo Group, Cristino Fine Jewelry, Excell Auto Group, FP&L, Joni and Al Goldberg, Arlene Herson, Kaufman Lynn Construction, Kaye Communications, Modernizing Medicine, Sklar Furnishings, Gale Wechsler/The Wechsler Foundation, Allegiance Home Health & Rehab, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, Kari Oeltjen & Dr. Jeffrey Berman, Douglas Rudman The Rudman Law Group, Schmidt Family Foundation, Howard & Evelyn Tai, Constance & Tom Scott, Champion Home Healthcare, Aucamp, Dellenback & Whitney, Loews Hotels, The Hotel Beacon, NYC, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Waterstone Resort & Marina, Broken Sound Club Old Course, Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, Ouzo Bay, Oceans 234, and True Food Kitchen.

While the Ball is sold out for this year, the opportunity to support the gala’s “health and wellness” mission is open to the public through the purchase of a “Chance-To-Win” opportunity at $50 each for sought-after experiences valued from $600 to $2,000. Purchasers need not be present to win and 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the “Service Above Self” Fund for health and wellness programs benefitting area nonprofits. 

To purchase “Chance To Win” tickets, visit,, or contact Deborah Freudenberg at 561-299-1429 or email

About Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton: Presented the Rotary International’s 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award and recognized as Rotary District 6930’s 2017-2018 and 2014-2015 “Rotary Club of the Year”, Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton community through Rotary International’s mission of “Service Above Self”. The 501(c)3 nonprofit’s purpose is to make a difference in its community by enhancing the lives of many in an environment that embraces and promotes integrity, friendship, camaraderie and trust.

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