This summer, Maccabi USA Future Leaders Forumwill host a series of “Maccabi Fun Runs” across the country, in partnership with 20+ Maccabi Clubs in Europe, Israel and South Africa, as part of the Global Maccabi FLF Movement.

Last Sunday morning, at Spanish River Athletic Center, was one of the first of four Maccabi Fun Runs in the USA. Three other US cities and 20 cities in Europe and Africa also hosted Fun Runs on Sunday in their respective communities! Maccabi USA FLF Fun Runs will be held in DC, Raleigh and Philadelphia in the near future.

Melissa Perlman and Robert Weinroth

County Commissioner Robert Weinroth presented a proclamation, unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners, declaring June 23, 2019 as Maccabi FunRun Day in Palm Beach County.

This summer, Maccabi FunRuns will also be sendoffs for Maccabi USA athletes who will be traveling to the European Maccabi Games in Budapest and the Pan Am Maccabi Games in Mexico City, to represent Maccabi USA.

Congratulations Melissa Perlman on the success of this inaugural event!

Mary Stern, Pamela Weinroth, Patricia Duch, Brandi Abrahams, Kim Champion and Nancy Wilkinson.

Monday evening, Boca Raton’s event planner, Patricia Duch, held a fashion and trunk show for the South American sister design team, Las Buttner. Las Buttner is a brand that seeks to highlight the figure and enhance the attitude of women, offering innovative designs created with high quality fabrics that help highlight the virtues of each woman.


Gloria Hosh, Joanne Polin, Luis Alberto Fernandez, Amy DiNorscio, Patricia Buttner, Robert Tisdale, Kim Champion and Noslen Dilla.

Sisters Patricia and Karina Buttner created the brand in 2007, fulfilling a childhood dream, when they made dresses for their dolls, inspired by a very talented mother in sewing.

With great passion and dedication, the Buttner sisters and their entire team are committed to the entire production process, taking care of all the details of design and quality in order to create unique and exclusive garments for each woman.

Also, a big thank you to Rebekah Herrema Watkins for hosting the event in her home, to Gloria Hosh for the yummy Christino Chocolates and to Joseph Cardaro for his culinary delights.

Jill Kravitz, Karina Cohn, Randi Winter, Lucie Pinto and Ilene Becker


Jim Tisdale, Pamela Polani, Shari Cohen and Sherry Rawiszer

JAFCO’s Planned Giving Council hosted a Happy Hour at Mario’s in Boca Raton on Tuesday evening.  We had the opportunity to network, mingle, eat, drink and, of course, support the children of JAFCO.

JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with disabilities in the Jewish community and to work in partnership with families and the entire community. It is JAFCO’s philosophy the care of children in the community is their responsibility, one they accept with joy, pride, and love.

Robert Weinroth, Doug Mosley, Constance Scott and Trey Wingo

JAFCO’s vision is to provide a model child welfare program which can be replicated by other communities around the country providing a full continuum of high-quality family preservation, case management, foster care, adoption, emergency shelter, group home, independent living, therapy, mentoring, family enrichment, and respite services to both typical and special needs children and their families. We believe that the care of children in our community is our responsibility, one we accept with joy, pride and love.

The Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl held its annual sponsors’ luncheon at the Breakers Palm Beach, powered by Ford.

After spending five years on the Tuesday evening before Christmas and being aired on ESPN, the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will be in a different place on the calendar and dial this year. The 2019 edition will kick off at on Saturday, December 21, and will be televised on ABC.

The game will be played at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and will be carried nationally on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3.

“While we really enjoy our traditional Tuesday evenings for the game, this year we will move ‘Boca’s biggest annual outdoor party’ onto what is typically a perfect-weather day during that time of year,” according to Doug Mosley, Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl executive director.

The 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl will select its two participating teams from its three partner conferences: Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference and the American Athletic Conference. The bowl week activities will include beach parties, pep rallies, a kickoff luncheon, community outreach and other activities throughout Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.

Stay tuned for a full schedule of events leading up to the playing of this year’s game.

Shannon DiPietro


Laurie Dubow and Susan Brotman

Spent Thursday lunch with The Women for Excellence.  They are a professional women’s organization in Boca Raton. Their monthly luncheons, quarterly events, and professional speakers enable women to grow professionally while making important and meaningful personal contacts and friendships. Their membership is comprised of women from all areas of the business world. They welcome guests to the monthly meetings. Each meeting features a guest speaker and a full buffet lunch.

This month’s speaker was introduced by President Laurie Dubow. Sharon DiPietro, Chair of the Board of Director’s for TriCounty Animal Rescue highlighted the new pet hospital, which had its ribbon cutting last week, a 9,000 square foot facility capable of performing many of the necessary surgeries for the rescued animals.  The new clinic is named for Lois Pope, a philanthropist in Palm Beach County.  “We are proud to have named the new hospital the ‘Lois Pope Pet Clinic.’  Lois has been supporting Tri-County for more than 20 years and her incredibly generous gift will enable us to save the lives of many more dogs and cats, now and in the future.”

For more information on membership to The Women for Excellence, send an email to Barbara Manus at:

The Rotary Club of Boca Raton is the city’s oldest Rotary Club, having been founded in 1957.  It’s been “Changing Lives and Building Futures” for young people both locally and internationally.

Outgoing President, Don Londeree, spoke about the work accomplished during the past year.

A few of their local projects are:

• annually raising funds for scholarships for deserving & needy students through their OPAL Awards night,

• providing a venue through their Future Stars Performing Arts competition so students may display their talent for future schools,

• distributing dictionaries to Boca Raton public school third graders,

• supporting the Carousal at Sugar Sand Park,

• gifting $50,000 to the Children’s Services Section of the Downtown Library,

• supporting and volunteering at the Place of Hope, Florence Fuller & BocaHelping Hands,

• providing a safe fence around the Boca Raton Children’s Museum,

• for over 50 years sponsoring “Youth Government Day” in Boca Raton where the students replace the Mayor and the City Council to learn & discuss issues in governance, and

• presenting the “I Like Me” program to enhance self-esteem and early reading skills for Kindergarteners as well as many more projects.

Claudia DuBois,Don Londeree and Vanessa Havener

The Club’s primary and largest annual project provides scholarships and mentors to deserving college bound students and after graduation to help these students with job placement.

Since its inception, the Rotary Fund has supported over 320 worthy students and raised over $1.2 million for scholarships.

Don thanked the membership for their hard work and generosity and Vanessa Havener was sworn in as the Boca Raton Rotary’s 63rd President.

Congratulations Vanessa, and best wishes for a year filled with fun, laughter, friends and spectacular success!