BOCA RATON, FL, November 18, 2019– Michelle Stallone was named the Junior League of Boca Raton’s (JLBR) 2019 Woman Volunteer of the Year and Kirsten Stanley received the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The announcement was made at the 32nd Annual Award Luncheon & Fashion Show on Friday, November 8th at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Stallone was nominated by Pinkball and was selected from a group of 37 outstanding community volunteers. Stanley was nominated by the Junior League of Boca Raton. New this year, Pinkball received a $2,500 award from the JLBR in honor of Michelle Stallone. The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges.

In 2010, Michelle Stallone, a resident of Boca Raton, founded Pink Ball, Striking Out Breast Cancer and is the organization’s president. Pink Ball provides funding for screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds and MRI’s and breast biopsies for women in the community who are uninsured or under insured. Stallone has spent endless hours working for the organization, which has raised more than $850,000, funded 1400 procedures and diagnosed 25 early stage breast cancers.

Stallone has also volunteered with Boca Helping Hands and West Boca Youth Baseball League and has chaired the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Go Pink Challenge Committee since 2014. Stallone has been an active volunteer with her children’s schools and her church, as well.

Kirsten Stanley received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to a variety of local organizations.

Kirsten Stanley, a resident of Gulfstream, is the President-Elect of the Association of Junior Leagues International Presidents of Large Leagues Affinity Group. She is the immediate past President of Impact 100 Palm Beach County and in 2017 she completed a two-year term as President of the Junior League of Boca Raton. She currently serves on the board of directors of Komen Florida and the National Society of Arts and Letters Florida East Coast. Stanley she has done all of this while battling breast cancer for the past 9 years.

Stanley was honored in 2017 as a Woman of Grace and was a 2019 Komen Warrior in Pink. Stanley is the Director of Operations at Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care.  She graduated from Duke University and is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer and a Master Electrician as well as a LEED AP BD+C, ID+C and O&M. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida’s Connect Program and Leadership Palm Beach County.

This year, 37 women from nonprofits in Palm Beach County were nominated for their dedication and expertise as volunteers. “Every year we are inspired by the accomplishments and commitment of the nominees. Michelle Stallone and Kirsten Stanley and their fellow nominees are outstanding examples of selflessness in our community,” said Lisa Warren, 2019 Woman Volunteer of the Year Co-Chair.

Presenting Fashion Show Sponsor Saks Fifth Avenue Vice President and General Manager Heather Shaw introduced the 2019 Featured Designer for the Woman Volunteer of the Year fashion show, Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C.
The 1971 Society, comprised of 100 members, was the Presenting Sponsor.

Yves Saint Laurent served as the 2019 Beauty Partner for the fashion show and provided YSL gifts for the nominees at the kickoff reception, which was hosted by Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, and gifts in the Saks-VIP Table swag bag on the day of the luncheon.

“Congratulations to Michelle Stallone and Kirsten Stanley.  Their tireless efforts in the community have made such an impact and are an inspiration,” said Cristy Stewart Harfmann, President of the Junior League of Boca Raton. “It’s a great privilege for the League to host this annual event to honor and celebrate all of the incredible women volunteers in our community.”

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute served as the Award Sponsor and Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton was the Fashion Show Sponsor. Saks Fifth Avenue’s state-of-the-art runway show entertained guests during the luncheon. The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute hosted this year’s kickoff event honoring the nominees. The media sponsor was Boca Raton Magazine.

Other sponsors included Amy & Mike Kazma; PSAV; Kathy & Paul Adkins; Marta Batmasian; Robin & Charles Deyo; E.M. Lynn Foundation; Harcourt M. & Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation; Wanda & John Harrold; Office Depot; Schmidt Family Foundation; Juana Franklin; G.L. Homes; Whelchel Partners; Carrie Rubin; Elaine J. Wold; Nicole & Bob Mugavero; Lisa & Tim Warren; U.S. Health Advisors; Outfront Media; Oceans 234; Boca Raton Resort & Club and Boca by Design.

Amy Kazma served as the event’s honorary chair and Nicole Mugavero and Lisa Warren were the event co-chairs. The Woman Volunteer of the Year committee’s Assistant Chairs were Denise Elia, Shannon Moriarity, and Jackie Reeves. This “dream team” also served as co-chairs and assistant chairs for the luncheon ten years ago.

Committee members included Mindi Brown, Anne Costello, Alicia DeLuca, Mary Donnell, Page Gantt, Laura Guy, Terri Honeycutt, Susan Hutchings, Khris Kellerman, Andrea Marzano, Heather Melman, Alexandra Milner, Barbara Sageman, Nancy Walsh, Emerald Williams and Haley Winstead.

The Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon celebrates outstanding women in the community nominated by nonprofit organizations throughout Palm Beach County for their dedication and expertise as volunteers, as well as the work they do to further the missions of the organizations they serve.

About the Junior League of Boca Raton

Throughout the year, JLBR members will contribute more than 35,000 volunteer hours and donate more than $250,000 to support our mission of training volunteers, developing the potential of women and improving the South Florida community through impact areas: child welfare, hunger, and nonprofit support. To learn more about the JLBR, please contact the JLBR office at 561-620-2553 or visit www.JLBR.org.Connect with us on facebook.com/JuniorLeagueBocaRaton, or twitter.com/JLBocaRaton
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