Where Were You Last Week?
Monday evening a reception, hosted by Sharon DiPietro and Edith Stein, was held at Boca West Country Club to introduce potential new members to Impact 100 Palm Beach County.
Impact 100 Palm Beach County provides a philanthropic opportunity for women to join together and make a big impact in South Palm Beach County. Through high-impact grant making, they engage, develop and inspire women to affect positive change.
Past grant recipients from Alzheimer’s Community Care spoke on the “impact” from a grant received through Impact 100.
These “parlor” meetings, held throughout the winter, allow members and prospective members to meet and hear updates from prior grant recipients.
Mark your calendar to join Impact 100 Palm Beach County at the 9th Annual Membership Meeting and Reception on April 15, 2020 at Lynn University.
Nonprofit finalist organizations will give presentations and over 500 Impact PBC members will vote to select the recipients of five “high impact” $100,000 grants.
“Our biggest dream for Impact 100 Palm Beach County is that we educate our members about the great need in our community and that we are informed and thoughtful in how we give funds back, so we can make the biggest impact possible with our $100,000 grants.”
– Co-founders Tandy Robinson, Cindy Krebsbach, & Lisa Mulhall
Jay Feder Jewelers hosted an elegant evening on Thursday to celebrate and honor Shelly and Arthur Adler for their generosity and service to our community through the Boca West Children’s Foundation.
Boca West Children’s Foundation, last year, donated $1.13 million to Palm Beach County nonprofits that support our most vulnerable children.
The Foundation has launched an initiative that assesses its challenges and goals over the next decade. According to Adler, the Foundation’s mandate is to “identify and implement projects assisting at-risk children and their families through partner agencies in our community.”
Adler goes on to note that one in four children in Palm Beach County live in poverty. “This record amount of funding will go a long way toward feeding educating, clothing, and keeping safe and healthy more than 5,500 children in need every day.”
The Foundation has granted more than $9 million to 25 local children’s nonprofits since its inception in 2010.
Boca West Children’s Foundation will celebrate 10 years serving at-risk youth with a gala on Sunday March 1, 2020 at Boca West Country Club.
The event will feature entertainment by acclaimed late night talk show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno. Adler will be honored during the event for his decade of service to the organization and the children in Palm Beach County.
8th Annual Martinis for Melanoma, presented by SafeSun, Inc., was held on Thursday at the Boca Clinic in Boca Raton. Guest and supporters enjoyed light bites, martinis, a Silent Auction, music by DJ Sal Vecchio, and guest speakers! All proceeds will further SafeSun, Inc.’s mission of early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of malignant melanoma and other life-threatening cancers of the skin.
SafeSun is a 501 (c)3 organization established by Fran and Nathan Nachlas and dedicated to the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malignant melanoma and other deadly forms of skin cancer.
Also Thursday evening, South Palm Beach County synagogues came together at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton for a gala dessert reception bringing together all arms of Judaism in Unity for Israel through Israel Bonds. Twelve area synagogues and the George Snow Scholarship Fund were honored for their support for Israel Bonds.
The guest speaker for the evening was Ambassador Asaf Shariv, Israel’s former Consul General in New York.
The following were recognized during the evening:
- Anshei Emuna Congregation
Rabbi Pinchas & Miriam Klein
- B’nai Torah Congregation
Rabbi David Englander
- Boca Jewish Center/Shaaray Tefilla
Didi & Jayne Sayovitz
- Boca Raton Synagogue
- Congregation B’nai Israel
Rabbi Robert Silvers
- Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
Rabbi David Baum
- Congregation Torah Ohr
Eileen & Melvin Greenbaum
- Delray Orthodox Synagogue
Rochelle & Robert Rush
- George Snow Scholarship Fund
- Temple Anshei Shalom
Genia Kutner & Gerald Beigel
- Temple Beth El Boca Raton
Wendy & Steven Walin
- Temple Beth Shalom
Leslie Fox & Adrienne Sonnenmark
- Temple Sinai
Helene & Sindey Wartel
On Friday afternoon, Unicorn Children’s Foundation spent its 25th birthday celebrating people with special needs and those who provide services and support to enrich their lives. These actions create an enormous impact on those with special needs and our community at large. They are made by local leaders, service providers and advocates. All proceeds benefit Unicorn Children’s Foundation, a 25-year-old nonprofit, working to support cradle to career pathways to ensure the success and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
- Champion of Inclusion Award
Debbie Majors, City of Boynton Beach
- Disability Employer of the Year
- Employee of the Year
Jaclyn Applebaum, Arc of PB/ Otis Elevators
- Healthcare Provider of the Year
Dr. Judith Aronson-Ramos, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics of So FL
- Innovation & Collaboration of the Year
Sea Turtle Adventures, Inc.
- Legal Service Provider of the YearSheri L. Hazeltine & Associates, P.A.
- Legislative Official of the Year
State Senator Kevin Rader
- Media Influencer of the Year
Harold Reitman, Different Brains Inc.
- Post-Secondary Program of the Year
Dan Marino Foundation Marino Campus
- Respite Care Companion of the Year
Sierra Louk, The ARC of Palm Beach County
- Self-Advocate of the Year
- Service Professional of the Year
Melissa Burkhardt, Early Start Autism
- Supportive Housing Award
Jack Kosik, The Villages of Noah’s Landing
- Teacher/Educator of the Year
Jacqueline Cuomo, Eagles Landing Middle School
Friday evening, we were at the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society for the lighting of the holiday lights throughout the zoo.
Zoo Lights presented by Florida Power & Light Company is sure to become a Florida holiday tradition for families and friends. For the first time, the Palm Beach Zoo was illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights. Each evening from 6 – 10pm the Zoo will be aglow with unique themed displays from the entrance through the Florida Wetlands and Tropics of the Americas. The festive holiday fun will feature photos with Santa, special animal encounters and Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen featuring cookie decorating sponsored by Florida Crystals®.
Saturday evening the 30th Annual Pro-Celebrity Gala presented by Mayors was held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in association with the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic presented by Chase Private Client. As well as showcasing great daytime entertainment, the Pro-Celebrity offered the elegant Annual Pro-Celebrity Gala with dinner, dancing, and exhilarating live with Auctioneer Extraordinaire Neil Saffer, and featuring Barry Gibb.
Rarely is there an opportunity to be involved with such exceptional event with an even greater goal – providing the children and families of Florida the chance to live their lives free from the ravages of drug abuse and neglect.
Together, we are saving lives by creating futures. Kudos to Chris Evert on initiating this event 30 years ago and raising over $25 million to address the pain caused by drug overdoses, long before it became a matter of national concern!