Where Were You Last Week?

Robert Weinroth, Donna Biase, Burnadette Russell, Debbie Ellman and Frank Barbieri

The 1st Annual Sole Mates Luncheon was held at the Boca Grove Country Club, on Tuesday,  to support the mission of Best Foot Forward Foundation and its two “captains,” Donna Biase and Debbie Ellman.

Cindy Krebsbach, Kelly Fleming, Lisa Mulhall

Over 200 children are part of the program piloted by Debbie & Donna for the past 10 years. They have helped steer their lives toward success with consistent guidance and support through the rough seas of a foster care system that often creates barriers to success.

They have helped to change the path of students through high school and beyond.

No child asks to be abused or neglected. Best Foot Forward works to ensure that every child gets a chance to dream of a future filled with success, surrounded by people ready to offer guidance and support.

211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast held its Lifeline Luncheon, chaired by Board Members, Ray Ellis and Lee Williams on Wednesday. Guest speakers included Shainna Ali, Ph.D. and John Francis, Ph.D.


Lee Williams, John Francis and Pamela Weinroth

Dr. Ali is a mental health counselor and educator. She is passionate about destigmatizing mental health counseling and helping individuals worldwide.

Dr Francis spoke about the importance of human connections after he had taken a vow of silence for 17 years as an affirmation of his responsibility to our planet.

Both speakers spoke with passion and applauded the excellent services 211 Help Line provides to our residents.

211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast’s mission is to connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health & human service system as a whole.

Loreen Pannullo, Matt Spritz, Sue and Yaacov Heller, Mary Stern, Kim Champion, Pamela Polani and Ann Weinwurm

211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast envisions a community where people in crisis receive the information and support they need to weather life’s storms.

The Faulk Center for Counseling held the kickoff, on Thursday,  for its 2019 Faulk Awards at Gallery 22, thanks to the generosity of Sue and Yaacov Heller.

Proceeds from the Faulk Awards event will help over 2,000 adults and children, through individual and group counseling programs.

Ingrid Fulmer, Samir Cangela, Kim Champion and Arlene Herson

Later that evening, the Grand Opening of Sammy J’s was a great success. Consummate restaurateur, Samir Changela, rolled out the red carpets as he welcomed friends, family and fellow Rotarians to come out and sample many of his new menu items.

Looking forward to lots of memories at Sammy J’s!

Greg Weiss, Pamela Weinroth, Marti LaTour and George Elmore

The Eleventh Annual Go Blue Awards, held at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion on Friday, recognized individuals and organizations (including Boca Raton’s own 4Ocean) who are leading the community in practicing ocean conservation and are on the leading edge of going “Blue!” Featuring special guest and keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Ballard.

Ballard is a retired United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks.

Debie Levine, Erick Solms, Rosie Martin, Roxana Scaffid, Joe Martin, Charlie Scaffidi, Mike Orr, Lise Orr, Jackie Reeves, Linda Paton, Doug Paton

He is most known for the discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 in 2002 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who saved its crew. He leads ocean exploration on E/V Nautilus.

Saturday night was a trip back to the 1970’s courtesy of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The gavel for the Chamber’s board chair was passed from Susan Saturday to Michael Daszkal. Along the way, lots of great music and memories!

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5th Annual “Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase” – Nov 5th 6 – 8:30PM

Spirit of Giving is excited to announce that the 5th Annual “Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase” event will be held on November 5th, 2019 at 6:00PM at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel.  The proceeds of this event will benefit the Spirit of Giving’s rapidly growing Community Holiday Gift Drive that fulfills gift wishes for over 4,000 underprivileged children in southern Palm Beach County.

The  Great Chefs Tailgate Showcase is a spirited culinary competition event where nearly 300 guests will mingle and sample lite bites prepared by the best of our local chefs. Guests are also encouraged to wear their favorite college team attire and colors.  The Showcase is a lead-in community “fan-raising and “fund-raising” event to promote the sixth annual 2019 NCAA – sanctioned Boca Raton Bowl football game.


Walk of Recognition – Nov 6th 6 – 9:30PM

The Walk of Recognition inductees are individuals who have demonstrated a significant long-term commitment to serving the interest of Boca Raton and enriching the lives of its residents. Since its inception in 1997, these deserving residents have received their “stars” for this prestigious community award.

A co nerstone of the community and supporter of numerous organizations in the area, Marta Batmasian originally conceived of the award, which has become an annual community program organized and maintained by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.

An independent panel of judges reviews each application and selects two or three outstanding community leaders. Each of the recipients will have their names carved into a black granite star and placed on the Walk of Recognition monument at Royal Palm Place.

Walk of Recognition 2019 will recognize this year’s new inductees and also honor the leadership and legacy of all Walk of Recognition recipients. Those who wish to salute a favorite legend in the program or become a sponsor may contact the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum at 561.395.6766 ext. 101.

Community Impact Awards 2019 – Nov 7th 6 – 8PM

Improving the lives of children and families, individuals of all ages for over 45 years, The Faulk Center for Counseling offers free and low-cost mental health services. Proceeds from this event will help over 2,000 South Florida children and adults through individual and group counseling programs.

Tickets: $125 per person | Business Attire
Please RSVP by November 1st
For more information, contact Ali Rubin at a.rubin@faulkcenterforcounseling.org

7th  Annual Stars of Honor Gala – Nov 9th at 6PM

The Connected Warriors mission is to empower Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families worldwide through Trauma-Conscious Yoga. https://connectedwarriors.ticketspice.com/stars-of-honor-gala-2019